A Bit About Us
Maverick Goalkeeper Academy was founded in 2012 on the Central Coast of California in San Luis Obispo. While coaching Division I college soccer at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), founder Kris Hall noticed that goalkeepers throughout the Central Coast had limited resources to high level training and mentorship. This was an observation he noticed in several soccer cities throughout Northern California and that's when the idea of Maverick Goalkeeper Academy was created. Hall was set on creating a goalkeeper institution where players from any club had access to high level training and goalkeeper resources that were affordable. MGA began with one location and after one month of camps expanded to three locations due to the increased interest and attendance.
After immersing himself in the local community and club scene, Hall knew the youth soccer clubs needed more guidance from a goalkeeper specialist. Using his experiences from top-level clubs around the world such as; Ajax, Barcelona, A.C. Chievo Verona, Sheffield Wednesday, Arsenal, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, and FC Sparta, Hall was able to create technical and tactical goalkeeper curriculum. He's innovated the position of goalkeeper by training technically in tactical situations and directly relating all trainings sessions back into the game.
It was at this time Hall released his curriculum into action and started Maverick Goalkeeper Academy – a training environment for goalkeepers of all ages, genders, levels, and interests to grow and develop within technical and game-like organizations.
Maverick Goalkeeper Academy focuses on the specialization of the soccer goalkeeper. The goalkeeping position is the only position in soccer that is not interchangeable with others; there is one designated goalkeeper on each team. The technical skills and tactics of goalkeeping are unique and different than all the rest. Thus, training goalkeepers must be different than the training of outfield players.
MGA trains goalkeepers technically in tactical situations. Goalkeepers must have comfortability in their skills foundation to apply them back into the game. Each training session builds technically into a game simulated situation where each goalkeeper can train for the environments they’ll face on the weekends in games. "MGA goes beyond training top-level goalkeepers- we believe in the education of goalkeepers. It is important goalkeepers know how, but more importantly they know why." - Kris Hall, CEO & Founder of Maverick Goalkeeper Academy