Westfield Soccer Association

Goalkeeper Training and Where to Buy Gear


Susana MacLean, Director of Goalkeeping

Spring 2018 Goalkeeper Training Program

The WSA provides training for U9-U15 Travel and Intercounty players at no additional charge

This program is a great opportunity to introduce young players to basic goalkeeping techniques, and to provide experienced goalplayers with a chance to practice and to learn more advanced skills and decision-making strategies.  Our Technical Director of Goalkeeping is Greg O'Brien.

U9-U10 Players

Goalkeeper training for Travel players in these age groups is strongly encouraged. Intercounty players are welcome.

Players may register for one two-week block of training on FridaysDates are subject to change if there are cancellations due to weather.

Bring a number 4 soccer ball.

Goalkeeping gloves recommended but not required.  See "Where to Buy Goalkeeping Gear" section below.


Block 1

· Fridays 3:30-4:30, 4/13 & 4/20Elm Street 


· Fridays 4:30-5:30, 4/13 & 4/20Elm Street 

Block 2

· Fridays 3:30-4:30, 4/27 & 5/4Elm Street


· Fridays 4:30-5:30, 4/27 & 5/4Elm Street 

Block 3

· Fridays 3:30-4:30, 5/11 & 5/18, Elm Street 


· Fridays 4:30-5:30, 5/11 & 5/18, Elm Street 


U11-U12 Players

Travel and Intercounty U11-U12 players may register for one 3-week block of training on Tuesdays. Dates are subject to change if there are cancellations due to weather.

Bring a number 4 soccer ball.

Goalkeeping gloves required.  See "Where to Buy Goalkeeping Gear" section below.

Block 1

· Tuesdays 4:30-5:30, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, Elm Street 

Block 2

· Tuesdays 4:30-5:30, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 halted, 5/29 make-up Elm Street 



U13-U15 Players

Players may register for one 6-week block of training on Thursdays. Dates are subject to change if there are cancellations due to weather.

Bring a number 5 soccer ball.

Goalkeeping gloves required.  See "Where to Buy Goalkeeping Gear" section below.

         · Thursdays  5:30-6:30, 4/12, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 cancelled, 5/31, 6/7 make-up Nomahegan Park

If there are any questions while registering, or about the program, please contact Susana MacLean, Administrative Director of Goalkeeping, at (908) 233-3406, or susana.maclean@comcast.net.


Where to Buy Goalkeeper Gear

Buying Goalie Gloves


Goalie gloves are optional, but recommended, for U9-U10 players.  Players U11 and older are required to wear goalie gloves during training.  There are two basic types of gloves:


  • Very basic, thin, youth gloves often called junior gloves,” which provide some grip for handling the balls. They run roughly $15-$30 a pair. These are perfectly adequate for younger players who will only train for a few weeks and might goal keep occasionally in games.

  • Thicker, sturdier gloves (available in youth and adult sizes) provide better grip and more protection for the player’s hands. They range in price from $40 to $80 and higher. Some have “finger save” plastic supports behind the fingers, that prevent fingers from being bent back and sprained or from being jammed. Goalkeepers differ as to whether they want finger saves. Some like the protection, others feel the plastic prevents them from gripping the ball tightly. It’s a matter of personal preference.


Here’s where you can buy gloves locally:


Pegasus Sporting Goods on South Avenue, in Westfield, across from the train station, (908) 518-0280. Hours: Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7, Sunday 9-4.


Dick’s Sporting Goods, on US 22 East, in Union, 908-964-2580. Hours: Monday-Saturday 9-9:30, Sunday 10-7.


A little further away, Kicks N Sticks, at 2933 Vauxhall Road, in Vauxhall, (908) 688-6463. Hours: Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-6, Sunday closed.


More Goalie Gear


If your child goal keeps regularly, you may want to look into goalie shirts, which have padding at the elbows and sometimes behind the forearm, goalie shorts (which can be worn under soccer shorts or alone) with padding on the hips, or goalie pants which have padding at the hips and knees. Both Pegasus and Kicks N Sticks carry these items locally. 


You can buy goalie gloves and gear online.  For gloves, it helps if you know your child’s hand size and have a good idea of the type of glove they like. Some players have to try gloves on in person, whereas other players have a favorite model they buy over and over again when a pair wears out or they need the next size up.


Websites that Sell Goalie Gear