The AFC/BUSA goalkeeping program continues to provide outstanding training for keepers of all levels ages 8 to 18.  Our staff consists of current and former professional players, current and former college players, college coaches, and experienced club coaches.

At AFC/BUSA we are creating modern goalkeepers. Our coaches will not only give individuals the tools to become great shot-stoppers but will implement training that simulates match play by teaching needed techniques in all game situations.

Our goalkeepers will not only learn how to hit long punts and take goal kicks, but they will also be taught to read the game tactically, give and receive short and long passes,  build play from the back, and bypass the press of our opponents.

Great goalkeepers are in top physical condition, they are athletic, brave, strong, and quick. Our training sessions will promote strength, speed, agility, mobility, endurance, and explosiveness.

Great goalkeepers are also psychologically strong.  Through dynamic training, high expectations, and positive feedback, our keepers will be taught mental focus in training, practice, and matches. They will learn how to deal with stress and fear in a positive manner, how to use assertive positive communication in goal, when and how to be brave, and how to calculate and take risks when necessary. These character traits will limit mistakes and build the self-confidence that all goalkeepers need, therefore creating the confidence that teammates and coaches need in goalkeepers.


Year after year, AFC’s goalkeeping program has helped our boys and girls play at America’s top colleges and universities including; Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Mississippi State, Samford, UAB, and many others. We believe we have one of the best goalkeeper programs in the region and are working to be one of the best in the nation.

If you are interested in becoming part of the AFC Goalkeepers Union we would love to have you join us at our Goalkeeper Training Sessions.

If you have any questions please reach out.  Hope to see you between the posts.

Program Focus


  • Footwork & Handling
  • Shot Stopping & Reactions
  • Crosses & High Balls
  • 1v1 & Breakaways
  • Distribution & Starting Positions
  • Goalkeeper Speed Work & Agility
  • Mental aspects of Goalkeeping



Anyone can attend who is affiliated with Birmingham United Soccer Association Goalkeeper Academy.  This a supplemental training program which means we are teaching techniques and principals that goalkeepers do not receive in the team environment.  All our programs are supplementary: “functioning in a supporting capacity.”


  1. BUSA Goalkeeper Academy: The BUSA Goalkeeper Academy is direct coaching for all goalkeepers that currently are playing for BUSA teams during the Fall and/or Spring Seasons.
  2. Year-Round Camps (Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring): Goalkeeper training programs for goalkeepers of all ages and all abilities and from ALL clubs, to come and train in a high level, fun and enjoyable environment. All seasonal programs are broken up into age and ability specific sessions.


BUSA Goalkeeper Academy offers the best possible goalkeeper training in the state of Alabama. With 8 fully-qualified ex-professional, former collegiate coaches, current and former collegiate goalkeepers as training staff.

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2021 Season Sessions

Rathmell: Monday and Thursday

5:30 to 6:30

Girls U15 and up (Aug. 16 to Nov. 18) 

6:30 to 7:30

U12 to U14 boys and girls(Aug. 16 to Nov. 18) 

U15 and up girls (Aug. 16 to Dec. 16) 

*Academy boys and girls (Aug. 16 to Nov. 18) Coaches will come to team practice for 15 minutes GK sessions once until  Sept. 9


Sportsblast: Monday and Thursday

6:30 to 7:30

U 15 and up Boys (Aug. 16 to Dec. 18) 

*Academy boys and girls (Aug. 16 to Nov. 18) Coaches will come to team practice for 15 minute GK session once until  Sept. 9


Alabaster (Thompson High School) : Tuesday

Aug. 17 to Nov. 16

5:30 to 6:30

Boys and Girls all ages 

6:30 to 7:30 

Boys and Girls all ages 


In order to better serve the Academy-aged players we will be starting our Rathmell Monday and Thursday sessions for Academy at 5:00 (effective immediately).  Mondays will be on Brock B.  Thursdays will remain on the upper fields (Daniel or 5 depending on availability).

This will also change our 2010 to 2008 sessions to 6:00pm start time.

Rathmell Mondays and Thursdays

Academy boys and girls:              5:00 to 6:00.

2007 and older girls:                     5:30 to 6:30.


2010 to 2008 boys and girls:        6:00 to 7:00.

2007 and older girls:                     6:30 to 7:30.


Alabaster  (Thompson HS) Tuesdays

2008 and younger boys and girls: 5:30 to 6:30.

2007 and older boys and girls:      6:30 to 7:30.


Sportsblast Mondays and Thursdays

Academy boys and girls:             5:30 to 6:30.

2007 and older boys:                   6:30 to 7:30


For more information, contact Trey Cutrell, Goalkeeping Manager