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Goalkeeper Academy

Get inspired, then get to work.

WCFC Goalkeeper Academy is designed to develop goalkeepers of the highest caliber. The program is technically based with the emphasis being on individual development. The design of the program will deliver age group-specific sessions that will introduce and reinforce the mastery of goalkeeping techniques.

The program will also provide on-field tactical instruction at training sessions to incorporate the team aspect of goalkeeping. The combination of the technical and tactical aspects of goalkeeping will provide our goalkeepers with the foundation and the continued progress within the training and the game itself.


Topics Covered

Controlling the Space

Reaction and diving

Angles and Positioning

Catching and handling



Crosses and highballs


These sessions are developed for ages U11-17 and will have a minimum of one age group-based session a week with the opportunity to attend additional sessions. Goalkeepers will have the opportunity to attend higher-level sessions as they show the desire and technical ability in age-level topics.

The Goalkeeper Academy is run by our Director of Goalkeeping, Victor Nogueira at

Home Country: Mozambique
Victor Nogueira is going into his 18th season as the WCFC Goalkeeping Coach. Nogueira played professionally over the span of three decades. Most notable was a stint with Newcastle United in the 1978-79 season before coming to the United States to play for NASL sides Atlanta Chiefs and Chicago Sting, and Major Indoor League Soccer teams Milwaukee Wave and the San Diego Sockers.

In his career, he was a 12-time All-Star, four-time league MVP, and two-time inductee into the San Diego Hall of Champions.  He was voted the 1991 FIFA World Indoor Goalkeeper of the Year.

For the past 15 years, Nogueira has been a coach and director in the Southern California youth soccer community and possesses his USSF National ‘B’ License.

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