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MYSA Goalkeeper Challenge

12/18/2013, 10:00am CST
By Minnesota Youth Soccer

June 16–19, 2014

[Updated: 4/11/2014]

June 16–19, 2014

Location: Eastview High School (Apple Valley, Minn.)

Cost: $395

The Goalkeeper Challenge is a four-day intensive training program designed for the highly committed and motivated goalkeeper ages 14 and up, including current college goalkeepers.


Goalkeepers will experience:

  • Daily on-the-field technical and tactical instruction from the highest quality GK staff possible
  • Daily classroom lectures and video analysis on the topics of the day
  • Daily physical training featuring speed, agility, power and a demanding self-training series
  • Goalkeeper War Tournament


  • Shot-stopping: Catching, diving, tipping, parrying
  • Breakaway Saves: Responding to 1v1 and 2v1 situations
  • Dominating the 18 yard box: Dealing with crossing situations
  • Being the 1st Attacker: Technique and tactics of throwing, dropkicks, punts and goal kicks
  • Leading from Behind: Organizing, dealing with back passes and playing the ball at your feet

Daily Schedule

7:45 am Arrive at camp
8:00–9:00 am Technical Warm-up
9:00–11:30 am Group Activity & Game
11:30 am–12 noon Lunch
12:00–1:00 pm Classroom Session
1:00–2:00 pm Larger Group Topic
2:00–3:00 pm Competition
3:00 pm Departure

Camp ends early enough to allow goalkeepers to attend team training/games in the evening.

The Shutout Division

The Shutout Division is a specialized training group within the Goalkeeper Challenge for goalkeepers seeking the most demanding training environment possible. Application required.

  • Limited enrollment
  • 16 years of age and older and current college GK’s
  • Increased emphasis on leadership, training ethic and tactical play

To apply: Players will need to submit a playing resume, statement of personal goals (1 page max), and a letter of reference from a coach regarding your ability and attitude. Submit materials as an email attachment to chatoalvarado@mnyouthsoccer.org or mail to MYSA, Attn: Chato, 11577 Encore Cir, Minnetonka MN 55343

Due Date: May 5, 2014

Notification of Acceptance: May 19, 2014

2014 GK Challenge Staff Bios

Rob Walker, Program Director

  • U.S. Soccer National Goalkeeping Staff
  • Director of Soccer, St. Martin’s University
  • Director of Coaching, Federal Way United Soccer Club
  • USSF “A” License

George Kostelis

  • NSCAA National GK Staff
  • Western CT State Univ. Head Coach
  • USSF “A” License

Brandon Barkus

  • Augustana College Women’s coach
  • USSF “A” License
  • Former U of Minn. GK Coach

Karli Kopietz

  • North Dakota State University Assistant Coach
  • Defensive MVP as a goalkeeper for U of Minn. (2002) and NDSU (2005)

Scott Gustafson

  • Head Boys’ Coach, Eastview HS
  • MN ODP Goalkeeping staff
  • NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma

Jorey Erickson

  • St. Paul Central HS Boys’ Coach
  • MN ODP staff

Dave Madsen

  • UW Milwaukee Women’s Assistant Coach
  • FC Milwaukee Boys’ and Girls’ Goalkeeping Coach

Anna Belpedio

  • St. Cloud State U. Women’s Assistant Coach
  • Two-time All-American GK at Winona State

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