Academy One Goalkeeping What we believe, who we are, what we are, and what we are not.
Academy One Goalkeeping is not a business, but a ministry devoted to helping young people have soccer provide a better life. Academy One Goalkeeping concerns itself solely with the development of the individual. Whether it is furthering a professional career, developing a young keeper, counseling a perspective college keeper, we believe that soccer can create a better life through many different opportunities. We approach goalkeeping scientifically and holistically. Here are our guidelines for the Academy:
We are not trainers who work with a group or an individual from session to session. We are teachers, advisers, counselors, mentors, representatives and coaches who plan for the long term career, specific to each keeper.
We choose the keepers with whom we work. We aren’t interested in the biggest numbers or the most money. We are not strictly looking for the best keepers we can find. We turn down twice as much work as we accept. We deliberately look for keepers who care about soccer and personify character and dedication, as well as being serious about their potential.
We want our keepers, and their parents, to understand that soccer is an amazing sport that creates opportunity for: growth, learning, character and opportunity, but it is not an end-all-be-all. No matter how serious a keeper or their family is about the sport, it is not the sole guiding force for one’s life.
We care about our players. We care about their future and we care about their goals. Our concern for our players goes far beyond their fees. We have made calls and written letters to recommend players who have long since been asked to leave the Academy. Our commitment to a player goes above and beyond any contract.
Our greatest statement is that no keeper has ever left the Academy once they joined. Many will boast about a player or a few players that have been produced from a club or a school or an academy that has/have attained success, but fail to mention dozens or hundreds of other members who never reach a similar level, or those that would leave after a session or two. We at Academy One take great satisfaction that ALL our members are successful and loyal, and that will be our goal as long as we are in business.
We have been involved with goalkeeping as either players or coaches for over 40 years. From the local recreation league to professional Premier Leagues, we have experienced the traditions, teachings and training methods that are considered the "Gold Standard" of goalkeeper training. We see the advertisements and hear the claims that promise improvement and development through "high intensity training" or "professional level atmosphere"...and we see that the system is flawed. Unlike field players, playing goalkeeper in a game is very different from how goalkeepers are trained. We believe that goalkeeper training should mirror what goalkeepers do in a game. Excellence in goalkeeping does not come from knowing or doing drills. Excellence in goalkeeping does not come from getting dirtier or sweatier than the next goalkeeper. Excellence in goalkeeping comes from learning the physical, technical, mental, tactical and psychological science of goalkeeping at the highest level and utilizing that to develop the individual over the course of time to their maximum potential. That is how our keepers are taught and trained.