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Darlington School – Goalkeeper Only Camp – June 11, 2023 – June 14, 2023

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No. 1 National Training Center for Goalkeepers at The Darlington School
Ages 13 to 18, Boys and Girls
Residential: Early Bird $599, $649 after May 1, 2023
Commuter:  Early Bird $549, $599 after May 1, 2023 (8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.)


Soccer Camp Details

The Darlington School
1014 Cave Spring Rd
Rome, GA 30161

Stretching for more than 400 acres, Darlington’s campus is nestled around a small lake in the foothills of the Lookout Mountain Range in Rome, Georgia, an hour away from Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

No 1 Soccer Campers are housed in two of Darlington’s six student houses and play on four impeccable soccer fields of Bermuda grass in a run by Darlington Soccer Academy Director, Chad Liddle and his staff. In addition, the A J Huffman Memorial Athletic Center provides for an all-weather indoor training center, swimming pool, weight training room and various multi-purpose courts. The dormitories are air conditioned and all meals are served on campus at the dining hall.

The No.1 National Training Centers for Goalkeepers will provide a comprehensive and stimulating Goalkeeper specific training opportunity. For over 40 years the No.1 Soccer Camps have provided the most inclusive, comprehensive and pertinent Goalkeeper training in the country. Founded by Dr. Joseph Machnik, the No.1 Goalkeeper Camps were the first of its kind to offer specialized training in the most important area of the field, the 35 yards in front of the goal. The alumni, players and coaches who attended the No.1 Goalkeeper camp is without equal. Numerous goalkeepers-male and female have gone on to play in the World Cup, internationally, professionally and collegiately, ours is a successful list unmatched by any camp organization in the world.

A primary reason for this incredible record of success is our staff of accomplished professional goalkeeper coaches who consistently aspire to research, dissect and then design pertinent training sessions. The demand on the modern goalkeeper as played by the likes of  Steffen, DeGea, Allison, Neuer, Bardsley, Harris, and Campbell is much different than even five years ago. The “Goalkeeper of the Future “as taught at the No.1 Soccer Goalkeeper Camps is here now! The No.1 Goalkeepers Camp has always provided a forward thinking curriculum and in 2021 we are once again putting modern methodologies to the test, where they matter most, on the field-35 yards from the penalty area. You are unique and possess a unique skill set, our goal will be to accentuate your strengths and encourage continued growth through an intensive goalkeeper specific environment.

Our National Training Centers will focus on the following:

  1. Become a coach on the field, a goalkeeper who effectively organizes and directs teammates from an optimal viewpoint. Exudes confidence and becomes a true leader.
  2. Have the requisite passing skills and tactical awareness to make correct decisions under pressure and be an effective first line of attack.
  3. Have the ability to read the game by correct positioning in order to deal with through balls, space between the defensively line, deal effectively with crosses and eliminate the opponents goal scoring chances.
  4. The necessary athleticism, quickness and technical skills to be able to deal with 1v1 situations, shots on goal and for reaction and reflex saves.

Our National Training Centers will provide extensive feedback from our knowledgeable, professional staff via, 1on 1 meetings, verbal evaluations, video evaluations and a detailed written evaluation. Our National Training Centers for Goalkeepers is an incredible opportunity to get the intensive specialized training required to be the No.1 Goalkeeper on your team, and provide you with a pathway to achieve future growth and success both on and off the field.

Typical Daily Schedule

7:30 Training activation- exercises that you can do yourself to improve flexibility, footwork, handling, coordination as well as speed, agility and quickness.
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Lesson- Technical Component-effectively dealing with through balls
Tactical Component- reading the game, positioning, communication
11:30 Session review and individual feedback, video analysis
12:00  Lunch
1:00   Regeneration: effective Goalkeeper prehab/ rehab exercises
2:00   Lesson- Technical Component-Dealing with Crosses, catching, boxing
Tactical Component-Extending your range, “your feet get your hands to the ball”
4:00 Session review- video review
5:00 Dinner
6:00 Penalty Kick lesson – Video Analysis of the three types of Penalty Kicks
7:00 Penalty Kick Contest
8:30 Professional regeneration Session/Nutrition
9:15 Lecture-Unique role of the goalkeeper, the goalkeeper DNA
10:30  Lights out