Monthly Archives: April 2013

Former Worcester Goalkeeper Academy Coach publishes a new book – A must-read for Goalkeepers and Coaches!

Former Worcester Goalkeeper Coach, Andy Elleray has just had a new book published that is well worth a read by Goalkeepers and Coaches…

Scientific Approaches to Goalkeeping in Football by Andy Elleray


After gaining his MSc in Sports Coaching at the University of Worcester (where he coached at the Academy),  Andy has gone on to become a UEFA qualified coach, to become a highly accredited performance analyst through ISPAS. Andy brings an alternative and evidence based scientific approach to goalkeeping. Looking at the position from various different angles providing support systems, performance measures and new coaching theories. He has provided specific performance analysis and coach support at Academy level, previously at Liverpool and more recently at Chelsea.

His book offers a fresh and innovative approach to goalkeeping in football. With a particular emphasis on the development of young goalkeepers, it sheds light on training, player development, match performances, and player analysis.

Utilising his own experiences Andy shows the reader various approaches, systems and exercises that will enable goalkeepers to train effectively and appropriately to bring out the very best in them. Practice and theory are merged together to create a highly practical book with its roots in the latest research and thinking.

The book looks at the following:

  • Combat issues such as anxiety and nerves by boosting confidence and concentration
  • Delve into cutting edge video and performance analysis systems and implementations
  • Utilise alternative games-based training methods to bring out the best in goalkeepers
  • Develop the physical attributes needed to be a top goalkeeper
  • Learn about specific goalkeeping research, including physiology and biomechanics
  • Explore training methodologies from around the world

To find out more go to:

Andy is also a guest speaker at the Science and Football 2013 conference:

Villain to Hero

After posting the article about Casper Ankergren, of his momentary error that cost 2 points for Brighton an Hove Albion after a sterling display, I read some fascinating stats in another Goalkeeper also once berated by the press for similar momentary errors. Someone who the press were writing about his replacement at Manchester United almost as soon as he’d started his career there…

Fast forward to the recent stats in the Premiership and David De Gea is now showing that those critics (as usually is the case) were far to quick to judge. Keeping it clean at Manchester United for 627 minutes and now being called up to the Senior Spanish Team. Well deserved!

Let’s hope he keeps proving his doubters wrong. Although if he does make a mistake, can we please keep it real and remember the good times?

…And with the Manchester Derby this weekend with the expected barrage of shots, will he be able to keep this premier league clean sheet run going, so that he can come close to, match or even surpass the record by another Manchester United great, Edwin van der Sar, who kept it clean for 1,311 minutes?

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