Clubwide Training | Thunder Soccer Club of Howard County

Clubwide Training

Thunder Soccer Club invests in our players by offering complimentary Club wide training.  This includes speed and agility, technical and goalkeeper training.

Goalkeeper Training - 

Training is offered by Alex Elvidge

Location: Blandair Park Field 3

Dates: Fridays, September 8- November 3

Time: 5:30-6:30pm 

Speed and Agility and Technical Training -

Training will be done with all of the Thunder Soccer Club coaches under the direction of Stefan Draganov DOC Thunder SC and our Program Director Quinn Khouri.

Location: Blandair Park Field 3

Dates: Fridays, September 8 - November 3

Time: 5:30-7pm

Arrival and Warm-Up (5 minutes) 

Speed and Agility (20 Minutes)

Juggling Skills (5 Minutes)

Technical stations (10 Minutes each)

  • Passing/receiving

  • Dribbling/ Skill Moves

  • Shooting/Finishing

  • 1v1/Situational Play


Philosophy: Goalie Training, Speed and Agility Training and 4v4 Scrimmage

Why Goalkeeper Tranings?

The soccer goalkeeper is one of the most important players on the field - they are the last line of defense and the first line of attack. To play the position well requires special skills and training.

Soccer goalkeeping technique is focused on the mechanics of catching the ball, or at least deflecting it around the goal. Footwork is the key, because if a keeper's feet can't get them to where the ball is going, their hands will be useless. Catching is important, since sloppy catching technique can allow the ball to slip through the hands and into the net. Proper positioning allows the keeper to cover the largest portion of the goal possible, but occasionally a desperate diving attempt must be made to catch or deflect difficult shots. Finally, remember the goalkeeper is the last line of defense and the first line of attack - a keeper has to know the best way to get the ball to their teammates after the save has been made.

Why Speed and Agility Traning? 

In today's sports the faster and more agile players on the field or court have a distinct advantage over the other players. If one player can change direction faster than the opposing players, they will be elusive in their movements and therefore will have an easier time scoring baskets, goals or touchdowns. If the player is faster than the defense, their chances of being caught from behind are minimized, once again making it easier for them to score in whatever sport they are playing. If the player is on defense they will be able to get to the ball quicker and make players faster. The faster defender will catch other players from behind, steal more balls or make more plays. Speed and Agility are key ingredients to success in today's sport.

Many Coaches don’t have time to spend working with the Goalkeepers and running specific drills for speed and agility in their team practices, so go for it and take advantage of what the Thunder SC is offering.

We have hired highly qualified and experienced coaches to run the Goalie and Speed/Agility sessions for our Club.

Why 4v4?

Other than creating a fun opportunity to play soccer with friends, teammates, and neighbors there are a lot of great reasons to play 4v4 soccer:

  • Encourages quick decision making
  • Allows for more touches on the ball
  • Increased passing
  • Improved dribbling and skills opportunities
  • More scoring attempts
  • Many more goals
  • Improves over-all understanding of the game (players are not only attackers or defenders)
  • More opportunities to be creative
  • High Intensity
  • 4 goal set up encourages directional changes