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

Fall 2022 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.

Session Times:
Ages U8 to U10 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Ages U11 to U14 / 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Ages U15 & Above / 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Start Date: Friday, August 12 2022

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