GoalKeeping Training


Program Overview

Founder of Drive Goalkeeping, Tom Paparounis, directs the goalkeeping program at FC Lake County along with his training staff. Tom models his Drive Goalkeeping Methodology from his more than 20 years of experience in the game as both a player and coach, working with many respected goalkeeper coaches while playing and coaching in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and North Texas.

Additionally, Tom has coached collegiately in the Chicagoland area in Division I, III, and the NAIA for 12 seasons and is responsible for helping develop top high school players who have gone on to various collegiate and professional levels. (To learn more about Tom Paparounis’s professional experience visit https://www.drivegk.com/coaches)

Key components of Drive Goalkeeping’s training programs include:

  • The WHY behind every activity and coaching point.
  • Gamelike - replicating movement and decision performed during games.
  • Active and engaging
  • A positive environment that puts learning above all else.

Curriculum & Training Schedule

Age-Specific Curriculum

Ages 8-10
Fundamentals of Goalkeeping for proper diving and distribution
Safe environment
Confidence Building

Ages 11-14
Technical and Tactical training for shot-stopping and distribution
Emphasis on training at game speed.
Understand the leadership role of the position.

Ages 15+
Organizing teammates in and out of possession of the ball.
Consistent Execution

SPRING 2023 Training Schedule

Every goalkeeper at FC Lake County has the opportunity to join age-specific training on Friday's in the Fall & Spring for FREE.

Players should sign up for the "2022-23 Drive Goalkeeping" Team App group for updates


April 7, 14, 21, 28

May 5, 12, 19

June 2

Session Times:
Ages U8 to U11 / 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Ages U12 & Above / 6:00 - 7:00 PM
**We will review the number of players, age and ability levels and may add a third session from 7 - 8:00pm if we need to make the groups smaller**

Location: Central Park, Grayslake

Winter Training Sessions are through Drive Goalkeeping’s supplemental Small Group Training sessions on Saturday Mornings at The Athletico Center in Northbrook, IL. More information on those sessions are here: https://www.drivegk.com/trainings

Drive Goalkeeping Camps

Drive Goalkeeping training camps offer a highly effective, challenging training environment several times each year in the Winter and Summer. More information can be found here: https://www.drivegk.com/camps