This is a question my family and I are having to wrestle with right now, and I would like some input from others if possible. When is the right age to play only goalkeeper? My son is currently 10 yrs old. He has been playing up with the U-11's for one of the biggest clubs in Houston here. He splits his time between the field and the goal. However as we draw closer to next season, when he will likely to return to his own age group we have decisions to make. His age group is pretty talented at the top. If he commits to playing in goal all time he is a dead lock for that top team, but if he wants to continue to split time he is on the border between first and second team, and might not make it. At the moment he probably would but once U11 tryouts come around there are generally quite a few new boys who will come into the club because we are such a big, successful club and that could well put him down to the second team. Now I do realize that being on the first team at U11 is not the most important thing. And my son does love goalkeeper and see it as his future position (assuming that he grows tall enough physically - currently he is on the tall side of average height for his age). Part of the complication is he has played with that top team for years and has a number of very good friends on it, and while there are a couple of good kids on the second team there are also some very annoying ones as well. There is another big, succesful club in the area that does very good things and we could jump clubs if needed, but we love our club. So we are just wrestling with what my son wants to do at this point and what is best for him and we can't make up our minds yet. For a little additional background, this isn't our first rodeo with select soccer, my oldest son is U17 and has been doing this a long time, and I have a U12 daughter as well, but this is our first time wrestling with these decisions about a goalkeeper.