This week we had the privilege of talking soccer, I mean football, with the ex Icelandic goalkeeper, Oli Gunnarsson. Oli is the goalkeeper coach at The Governor's Academy and Director of Coaching at GPS North Shore of Massachusetts Youth Soccer. Oli has an extensive resume having played on the Iceland national team, F.C. Valur, F.C. Akranes, and even on MASS United here in the US amongst many others.
Instead of trying to explain one of Oli's goalkeeper exercises we figured a diagram with explanations would be best along with a few Q & A's with the man himself.
Us: Oli, tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into Goalkeeping.
Oli: I started in goal at an early age (9) but went on playing as a field player as a teenager. When I was 16 I was asked to come back to the goal and before my 17th birthday I had played a full season of semi-pro soccer as a goalkeeper.
Us: That's impressive! What about goalkeeping do you enjoy most?
Oli: I have to admit, I do love playing any position on the field but goalkeeping was my calling. For me, I enjoy organizing the defense to minimize my workload. The position requires good game understanding and mental focus, but making a great save to keep the ball out of the net is always fantastic.
Us: Who was your keeper hero growing up and why?
Us: What do you think about the Bownet Soccer Goals and how have they have added to your organization’s functionality?
Oli: I love my Bownet Goals. They are easy to set up and break down and extremely portable. I've used my Bownet goals for goalkeeper training from U10 all the way up to the professional level. It's great to be able to pull a full size goal out of the trunk of the car and run a session anywhere.
Us: We love hearing that our goals are truly helping with your training efficiency. Tell us what you like most about this great exercise that you’ve shared with us below.
Oli: Breakaway saves are game winning saves. The pressure is on the attacker, but making those saves can define the outcome of the game so every goalkeeper should have the breakaway techniques in their arsenal.
Us: Thanks, Oli! We've enjoyed our time with you and we hope our fans can benefit from your breakaway and through ball GK training exercise.
Oli: My pleasure!