The Vision of Santa Barbara SC goalkeeping program is to enhance each individual club level players techniques and goalkeeping skills to achieve the highest level of development. This is accomplished through our Director of Goalkeeping’s  clearly defined and administered curriculum including; footwork, handling, distribution, diving, shot-stopping, communication, dealing with crosses and overall presence and command in the box. Our system encourages and ensures goalkeepers emphasize foot skills and overall ability to start the attack. In addition, the program is designed to develop players understanding through match analysis and game day evaluation and reflection. 

David Elias

Originally from Huntington Beach, CA
USSF B License
MLS Goalkeeping Staff Experience
Current UCSB Men’s
Assistant Coach
Division I College Player: CSF

Ages. 2016 to 2004 birth year boys and girls

Level. Offered to Santa Barbara SC & Central Coast Academy team players                                                                                                   

The curriculum is designed for goalkeepers interested in reaching the highest level. Designed and led by Santa Barbara SC Goalkeeping Director, this specialized development curriculum will focus on areas such as shot-stopping, dealing with crosses, game management, distribution and goalkeeper specific strength and agility exercises.  

Incorporating goalkeepers into training sessions.  Within the warm- up, technical & technical/tactical portions of the session the goalkeepers will be utilized as field players and during the technical/tactical, tactical and small sided games portions of the session the goalkeepers will be primarily utilized as goalkeepers.

Winter goalkeeper periodization plan (2015 to 2009). 


November 28           Handling, shots from close range

December 5             Diving Technique, shots from dead ball

December 12           Diving Technique, shots from dead ball

January 2                 Handling, shots from close range

January 9                  Footwork, One v One

January 16                Playing out of the back, Recovery movements

January 23                Positioning, shooting angles

January 30                Playing out of the back

February 6                Distribution (throwing & hands)

February 13              Distribution (feet)

For all dates & times view your team level playmetrics schedule. 

Contact your manager/coach for your team’s schedule.

For Additional Questions Contact:

  • Director of Goalkeeping- David Elias: david@santabarbarasc.org

“The goalkeeping leadership and curriculum ensures that the players learn and fine-tune all the techniques, decision making and skills required to become a great goalkeeper.”

— Greg Wilson, DOC