Goalkeeper Academy

(Ages 7-19)

Goalkeeper Academy (Ages 7-19)

Participants in the Goalkeeper Academy have the opportunity to be coached by professional coaches who played and coached the goalie position at the Youth, College and Professional levels.

We are looking forward to continuing to offer a specialized goalie program focused on the specific needs of our goalkeepers. We changing the Goalkeeper Academy structure to be offered to various age groups throughout the week. It will allow our sessions to be more age group appropriate, therefore each goalie will have more attention from the coaches and they will be able to learn more from the training.

We want to provide support to our goalies with more resources. Therefore, you will see coach Rafa, our Goalkeeper director, more often at games. PASC will offer support to our goalies at some home games. Coach Rafa will be evaluating, interacting and providing feedback to PASC goalie on games as much his schedule permits. As a club we are really excited to offer this type of service. We strong believe it will make PASC a better club!!

Spring Goalie Academy

Dates and Times:


Cubberley Grass

Cost: Goalkeeper registration fees for one goalie per team are included in team fees.

Who: 7v7 and older goalkeepers

Areas Covered On The Program

1. Basic handling techniques
2. Diving – speed, technique, body shape
3. Attacking crosses-catching, punching
4. Distribution
5. Organizing defense
6. Closing down angles
7. Kicking
8. Improving reaction time
9. Footwork and collapse diving
10. Power diving
11. Breakaways
The list is endless, but now you have some idea of how complex the role of the goalkeeper is about. We will be happy to take all of you to the next level.

All questions should be directed to the PASC Goalkeeper Director Rafael Soares: rafael.soares@pasoccerclub.org

Rafael Soares
PASC Goalkeeper Director

Coach Rafael Soares who holds his national NSCAA Diploma, began his goalkeeper soccer career in his home country Brazil playing for Esporte Clube Novo Hamburgo.

A season later he was transferred from Novo Hamburgo Club to one of the biggest team in Brazil, Gremio Football Porto Alegrense, where he played for a year and was awarded Junior State Team member (State Cup). He also played for Sports Club Internacional in Porto Alegre City, Gremio Club biggest rival. Rafael played professional soccer for 10 years in Brazil and was awarded a State Champion Professional First Division in 1999.

He started his coaching career in Gremio Club where he worked as an Assistant coach for Paulo Cesar Magalhaes (Taca Libertadores of America Champion and World Club Champion in 1983). After moving to the US in 2002, Rafael attended Foothill College where he played soccer for two years. He began coaching in 2003.


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