Goalshot Easily Trains Soccer Players Where to Shoot to Score a Goal
Super Cool New Product Makes Soccer Training More Fun and Productive — for coaches and soccer players. SKLZ’s highly anticipated Goalshot will be coming out May 1st and here is SoccerToday’s review: The bottom line – there is no shortage of soccer products on the market that claim to help soccer players score goals. This one is different and clearly works. Trying to beat the keeper has never been so much fun.
SKLZ Goalshot Scores Top Marks
People in soccer who attended the NSCAA Convention saw this product in action. U.S. Women’s National Team star Megan Rapinoe uses it in her soccer clinic. Backed by real research which analyzed where in the goal the world’s top goalies are scored on, SKLZ’s Goalshot helps youth soccer players (as well as the professionals) build the muscle memory and vision to score more goals. Goalshot does things cones, targets and stand-in goalies can’t do: it creates visual focus on the specific zones where players are four times more likely to score.
With tag lines like GET PLAYERS IN THE ZONE and REJECTS ANYTHING BUT THE BEST, this simple yet clever product is clearly an effective training tool. Tested this week in an USSF DA Academy training session, the product was a winner and turned a practice shooting drill into a fun game — and a session the players did not want to stop. Quick to go up on the goal, the Goalshot took a minute to set up and players gathered around to see what was happening. The goal? To see if players could kick the ball into the 4 corners of the net in rotation … not quite as easy as it sounds. Even the top forwards saw the challenge and realized his would help improve their performance.
As the Goalshot marketing literature says, the product offers instant feedback and helps players easily identify the ideal placement the goalkeepers can’t get to.
In brief, the Goalshot:
- Builds a new focus on the zones players are four times more likely to score
- Gives players max shooting reps with instant feedback
- Builds the vision and muscle memory needed to increase scoring percentages
- Designed to fit any frame of 24’ x 8’ regulation goals and sets up in minutes, and easily to carry.
“Great scorers have the ability to focus their vision on a small target and hit it through a crowd, under pressure and with one or multiple defenders on them. The Goalshot helps players easily identify the places on the goal where they have the greatest chances of scoring, giving players the reps they need to build the muscle memory and visualization that increase their scoring percentages,” says Brian Farber, the midfielder whose sixth season with the San Diego Sockers just ended. This former League MVP is also the designer for SKLZ’s line of soccer products and has established himself as a successful business person.
SoccerToday interviewed Brian Farber to learn more about his role in creating tools to help youth soccer players develop and what it was like to have a flourishing life off the fields.
Diane Scavuzzo: How has technology helped develop soccer players? How have training tools changed?
Brian Farber: There has not been a lot of technology to help soccer players in the past — As for training tools, there is really nothing that has been available that helps the athletes. My job at SKLZ is to fix that and help prepare athletes to be ready by creating the best training tools on the market.
We have the best rebounder in the world – The Quickster Soccer Trainer – that plays the ball back on the ground or in the air; you can work on every part of your body. Nobody thinks about soccer products like we do and our new soccer trainer is really going to help a player with all phases – from passing, receiving, first touch, vision, and settling the ball with your feet, up to your chest or even working on heading.
That’s why I love my job so much because I get to play a part in changing the way players train and develop their skills.
Goalshot is going to be great for the athlete who wants to work on finishing and needs help in front of the goal. And, everyone wants to score, right?
Diane Scavuzzo: How does your Goalshot help train soccer players? What makes it different than other training tools that emphasize shooting at the corners of the next?
Brian Farber: The Goalshot is the first product to teach composure in front of the goal as well as focus on the scoring zones that will significantly improve their chance to score. The size and shape of the scoring zones are backed by data from a top league in the world. Every shot, save and goal was tracked where it scored and that created the shape of the net and size of the scoring zones.
That’s a small glimpse of how we think about the athletes needs. Using the Goalshot vs. placing a red training vest or something in the goal is simple. Right now, if you train with a training vest you are looking at something that wont be there in a game. If you train with a Goalshot you quickly develop the skill to look at the top and bottom corners of the goals and not a random object placed in there.
Once you find yourself in front of the goal in a game without the Goalshot you will quickly focus on the scoring zones that you have trained to find all week and increase your chance to score by four times in some situations.
Goalshot also teaches you to not look at the keeper, which is a common mistake with youth soccer players. The Goalshot will change the way goal-scores shoot and they will become better finishers.
Diane Scavuzzo: What is muscle memory? Why do players need muscle memory?
Brian Farber: Muscle memory is the ability to create a subconscious reaction through practice. Players need this because things happen so fast in a game and they need to be able to react and not always think about their next move.
If a player gets sudden pressure from the right they most likely have a subconscious reaction that is their fallback. To create a Plan B it will take rep after rep under the same circumstances to create a second option that will subconsciously help you get out of pressure. Training hard over and over to develop that skill is muscle memory.
Diane Scavuzzo: How does Goalshot help players develop vision?
Brian Farber: It helps players develop better vision because they can more easily find the spot to place the ball before shooting. That split second difference in time is often the difference between a clean shot or the defender recovering and making a block. Its also the ability to place the ball more accurately in the corners vs. just hoping for the best and once players realize they have more time to relax vs panic then they will hit the zones they intend to more often making them much more efficient in front of the goal.
Diane Scavuzzo: What is the Goalshot challenge?
Brian Farber: The game that SKLZ is launching called the Clockwork Finishing Challenge was created one day by Matt Clare and myself. We became addicted to the game and knew it would be the same for every other soccer player who sees it. It is simple – just shoot and get the ball into the corner openings of the Goalshot in the specific rotation — with all 15 balls, or as many as you can. Try it. It is a lot of fun
Diane Scavuzzo: What has been your role with Goalshot?
Brian Farber: I am the manager for all soccer products for the globe. I identify needs in the game to create products for and along with our amazing team at SKLZ, we develop something to help the athletes. My roll with the Goalshot has been working with the original inventor as well as the innovation team and the engineering team to create a product that fits every full size goal frame as well as sets up fast and last through thousands of shots without any issues. This product is one of my favorites and I think every coach and player will have it on their wish list for birthdays and Christmas. I was able to present it to Borussia Dortmund – BVB and they were delighted with the product. I love to get that level of validation because I know the Goalshot is a game changer.
Diane Scavuzzo: Last questions, who should get Goalshot? Clubs? How much is it?
Brian Farber: The Goalshot is truly a training tool for everyone. Players and coaches in particular will need to use this daily. Its full retail is $299.99 and that is because we built it to last for years and withstand thousands of shots at 65 MPH from a ball machine. This product needs to be reliable and we have built it like a tank.
Note: Soccer Locker Review was originally published in April, 2017.