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MYSA Goalkeeper Challenge

[Updated: 1/23/2015]

June 15–18, 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

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

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.


Cost: $425

Deadline: Online registration closed on Monday, June 8, 2015.

Refund Policy

  • Refunds are issued if requested is received at least four weeks prior to start of camp.
  • Refunds are issued for a documented medical reason
  • No refunds will be granted for no-shows or requests made after the deadline for refund requests.
  • A processing fee of $25 will be deducted from the refund.


  • Rob Walker, U.S. National Goalkeeping Staff, St. Martin’s Univ. Head Coach
  • George Kostelis, NSCAA National Goalkeeping Staff, Western Connecticut State Univ. Head Coach
  • Brandon Barkus, Augustana College Women's Coach, Former U of Minn. GK Coach, USSF "A" License
  • Karli Kopietz, North Dakota State University Assistant Coach
  • Dave Madsen, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Women’s Assistant Coach
  • Scott Gustafson, MN ODP coach and Eastview H.S. Boys’ Coach
  • Jorey Erickson, MN ODP staff and St. Paul Central H.S. Boys' Coach

Accommodations: Hotel accommodations at a discounted rate may be available for interested players and their parent/guardian (if under 18). Hotel costs are not included in the registration fee as this is not a residential camp. A parent/guardian is responsible for the supervision of participants under the age of 18 who stay in the hotel. Contact the MYSA office for information.

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 or mail to MYSA, Attn: Chato Alvarado, 11577 Encore Cir, Minnetonka MN 55343.

Documentation Due: May 15, 2015
Notification of Acceptance: by May 25, 2015