Academy Goalkeeper Training
Goalkeeper training is available to all select and academy players at no additional cost. All training will be conducted at the Granite Complex. Training in the fundamentals will include: footwork, handling low and high balls, diving, distribution, dealing with crosses, 1v1, and communication. At the end of the season all goalkeepers will receive an evaluation.
Thanks again for your time and welcome to the “Goalkeepers Union”.
Location: Granite Soccer Complex. Find Directions here
Times and Dates: Please Click here for the Calendar
These sessions are mandatory for every goalkeeper in the Academy program. If you are unable to attend these sessions please notify Coach Warren van der Westhuizen (404.713.5043) so he can rearrange practice sessions. Thank you and we look forward to making you the greatest goalkeeper you can possibly be.
Session 1: Footwork
Session 2: Handling
Session 3 : Diving
Session 5: Positioning , Angles and 1 v 1
Session 6: Striker Shooting Sessions (Open to all strikers)
Session 7: High balls and Crosses
Session 8: Distribution (Hands and Feet)
Elite Goalkeeper Camp - ONLY the Selected Goalkeepers
Elite Session 1
Shot Stopping and power dives
Making saves from out of position , off line and on the ground
1 v 1
Professional Goalkeeper Coach
Warren van der Westhuizen
Warren coached Atlanta Silverbacks’ professional goalkeepers Ryan McIntosh, and Felipe Quintero, Mexican National Team goalkeeper. He is also the Goalkeeper Coach for the Silverbacks PDL team.
Warren is a Regional ODP Staff Member for Region III. He is also the ODP ’91 Boys goalkeeper coach. One of his goalkeepers is the National u16 Goalkeeper.
Warren van der Westhuizen enters his 4th season as an assistant coach with the Clayton State University Laker soccer program who is ranked in the Top 15 in the Nation. In addition to his coaching duties, where he will specialize in coaching the keepers, he also assists in recruiting, scouting and daily soccer operations. Warren trained the USA under 20 National Team keeper , Michael Gustavson, who is currently playing for the San Jose Earthquakes. Warren also coaches the Senior National Team Goalkeeper for Antigua and Barbuda, Janiel Simon, who played in
all the qualifying matches for the World Cup 2010.
Along with coaching at Clayton State, Warren also served in 2004 as an assistant coach and web page developer for the Great Lakes Division Professional Development Level (PDL) team, the West Michigan Edge.
*USSF B License (January 2008)
*NCAA National Goalkeeping License (January 2006)
*USSF National Youth Coaching License (January 2006)
*Licensed High School ASEP Coach (February 2001)
Warren started his playing professional playing career in 1997 at the age of 18 when he practiced with Morocco Swallows in the PSL (Professional Soccer League) in South Africa and then signed with Real Rovers of the PSL in South Africa that same year. He ended his professional playing career in South Africa so he could further his studies in the USA.
He most recently played for the top team in the Heartland Division in the PDL (Professional Development League) for the Des Moines Menace in 2003. He had the 3rd lowest goals against average with a team-low .98 goals against average after logging a team-high 848 minutes.
He started at Clayton College and State University in May 1999 where he now is the assistant coach. Westhuizen, a four-year letter-winner at Clayton State, holds virtually all of the goalkeeper records in the National Record Books ,the Peach Belt Conference and at Clayton State. His .64 shutout percentage in 2000 ranks 5th best in NCAA Division II history, while his .47 goals against average that same year ranks among the top-15 all-time. His career .64 goals against average ranks seventh in NCAA history, while his 6,841 minutes ranks 15th.
Westhuizen was selected 3 times to the NSCAA All-Southeast Region and All-Peach Belt Conference teams.
He graduated from Clayton State University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and in 2007 received his Bachelors in Science (Psychology). Warren is currently pursuing his Degree in Middle School Education at Clayton State University