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Goal Keepers

The Goal Keeper Program focuses on the individual development of well-rounded Goal Keepers. Goal Keepers are an integral part of our teams where the “keeper plays.” Therefore, our keepers train with their assigned teams at team training sessions and have separate Goal Keeper training (Goal Keeper Focused Training is at no additional cost to players), to focus on the specialized skills that are unique to only Goal Keepers.

Players are invited to join the program during tryouts in June each year. Limited openings may exist during the year if a players is looking to join mid-year.


Coaching is provided by Villarreal Nebraska Academy coaches and dedicated Goal Keeper coach. The complete team of coaches have studied and understand the coaching curriculum. The team of coaches have demonstrated their delivery of the curriculum. Training is directed and overseen by DOC Jorge Sambataro.


There is a limited number of FULL-RIDE and/or PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS  for Program Fees designated specifically for dedicated and qualified Goal Keepers. These SCHOLARSHIPS may be awarded at Offer Day or during Summer Goal Keeper Clinics.
Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of our DOC, coaches and staff. In 2020-21 we will provide Scholarships for Players in-need who are dedicated Goal-Keepers. 

Scholarship Criteria: A scholarship will be based on all the elements, in no particular order or individually, but all criteria combined: Financial-Need, Team-Need, Academy-Need, Skill, Commitment, Coach-ability, Work-Ethic, Attitude and Growth-Potential.

2020-2021 Team Need Scholarship Priorities
High School Ultra Girls Goal Keeper and/or High School Elite Girls Goal Keeper - Full Ride Scholarship for Program Fees
Other Teams TBD: Partial Scholarships for Program Fees for 1-3 players possible.

See Program Level Information for Program Level Pricing, the Program Information, and Details. Besides the Program Fees and Tournament/Competition Fees, there is no additional Goal Keeper Costs other than off-season or private training or typical Optional Activities.

All Players, can attend Goal Keeper Training that is offered for All Club Players.

Dedicated Goal Keepers MAY have additional or special training plans.

Uniforms and equipment

Goal Keepers should wear goal keeper shirts, athletic shorts or pants, shin guards covered by socks, goalie gloves, and indoor soccer shoes or tennis shoes when indoor (NO CLEATS INDOOR), cleats when outdoors.  Each player should bring a properly inflated, proper sized soccer ball and a water bottle to each session. 

Dedicated Goal Keepers must purchase the official full goal keeper kit $63.92, warm-up kit $84.95 and academy backpack $37.94, Primary Yellow Jersey $21.39, Secondary Black Jersey/training shirt $21.39. Returning players who already have a goal keeper kit, backpack, and the 2018-2020 Yellow and Black Jersey Shirts do not have to purchase those items.

Goal Keeper Kit to add onto the field player official full uniform kit: $63.92 plus shipping

Black beanie cap, black headband and black gloves can be worn. Other cold weather attire showing under the Official Kit must match in coloring or be black if needed.


Goal Keepers are a unique position and player and need a high commitment level needed for the position. Players are encouraged to participate in other athletic, academic, and extracurricular activities.  To the extent possible, players are expected to coordinate their activities in order to attend all scheduled soccer training, games, and tournaments

When conflicts are unavoidable, players must provide Villarreal Nebraska Academy with advanced notice of absences.  Numerous absences or lack of communication may adversely affect playing time during games or continuation in the program level, and loss of any scholarships. 

-Inquire about pricing if joining mid-year.  

Summer Goal Keeper Clinics 2020

Summer Session (3-weeks): Register Online!

Mondays July 6, 13, 20
Tuesday July 7, 14, 21 
Wednesday July 8, 15, 22

Start Times:
5:45 (2010-2008 players) 45 min session $40
6:30 (2007-2005 players) 60 min session $40
7:30 (2004-2002 players) 90 min session $60

3 week session - groups limited to 2-4 players:
Choose as many session as you want.

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Patrick Smith, is the club dedicated Goalkeeper coach for our Villarreal Nebraska family. 

Bio: I played at Lincoln Pius X High School until my graduation in 2009, then moved onto Rockhurst University, a NCAA Division-2 school, for 1 season. I felt my calling in service to the country and joined the United States Army in January 2011. I was stationed in Anchorage, AK, Eastern Afghanistan, and Fort Riley, KS. During my time in Alaska I was a goal keeper coach for Eagle River High School, as well as Eagle River Soccer Club. Once I left Alaska, and moved to Kansas there was not many opportunities for coaching, and for the last 3 years I took more time to further my education, and focus on my work. I am currently pursuing a Bachelors in Nursing Science from Bryan College of Health Sciences.

My philosophy on goal keeping is ensure that the player knows how to effectively control the game from the back, distribute the ball through the flanks, and can open the field with quick thinking off the line. Being able to stop shots if only a small portion of what we do as keepers, being able to see movements off the ball, cutting off angles of attacks, and controlling your own defensive speed and discipline. Those who chose the challenge of taking up goal keeping means that they are willing to be an individual in a team sport. Plenty will be asked of them, sometimes in the dying seconds of a win-or-lose situation. They will get scored on, but what is more important is they every player understands the mistakes made, and what they can do to ensure they occur less frequently. My passion for this position doesn’t simply stop at the 18-yard box, but it extends all the way to the strikers. Keepers are becoming a more and more integral part of the team, the game is no longer 10 players plus a keeper, but it truly is 11-v-11, and the keeper is having much more to do.


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