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Ted Papadopoulos

Goalkeepers Coach

Coach Ted Papadopoulos brings a coaching philosophy that focuses around confidence-building as his foundation for developing young goalkeepers.
Coach Ted believes that until a goalkeeper fully develops their confidence, a young goalkeeper may inhibit their abilities on the field in order to avoid making a mistake. Since GKs are the critical last line of defense, many play this position with a self-limiting mindset. On the flip side, an overconfident GK may often take unnecessary risks, leaving their team exposed, which may lose the confidence & trust from their teammates. Striking the right balance of confidence allows a goalkeeper to play intelligently and fearlessly, both of which leads to sound decision-making. To achieve this balance, a goalkeeper must first understand themselves and their limitations before they can master themselves on the field. 

“My goal is to build up a goalkeeper's confidence level high enough so that they love this position and will want to rise to the occasion as the last line of defense in owning their 18-yard box. Confidence is what separates the great GKs from the rest. I fully developed my confidence a little late in my Junior year in high school which then allowed me to take my game to the next level, where I led my team to the NJ Group IV State Finals playing against Soccertown USA’s Kearny High School” in 1999.

Coach Ted was later recruited to play for Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.  From his own playing experience reaching the Collegiate Division I level, Coach Ted believes that confidence is all that a goalkeeper ultimately needs when defending the net.  How a GK matures to gain confidence is through training systems and techniques that aim to reinforce success and confidence.  "I look forward to an exciting season in working with all of our developing goalkeepers."
-Ted Papadopoulos


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