About

Big Cat Goalkeeping is a goalkeeping specific organization designed to benefit goalkeepers from all ages and levels.

Our Founder and Director of Coaching Neil Thompson has coached at the u19 National Team Level, NCAA DI level, DA level and currently works for MLS franchise, Los Angeles Football Club also know as LAFC.

Thompson who started working within professional soccer system aged 16 is a former professional goalkeeper for Carlisle United, Barnet and Hull City (England). Thompson has also got U.E.F.A cup experiences to his credentials as he represented Llanelli AFC in Sweden against Allsvenskan team Gelfe IF. (Swedish premier division)

Thompson and his Big Cat Goalkeeping staff direct goalkeeping specific programs for clubs around the US and conduct camps across North America and Europe.

Other honors or points to note.

  • 100+ GKs moved on to play college soccer
  • Graduates currently playing in the professional game
  • Current players signed to professional club academies both in the US and Europe
  • Alex Budnik represented the US at the u17 World Cup
  • Duncan Turnbull made it to NCAA finals with Notre Dame
  • Donovan Palomares selected for Mexico u15
  • Brian Schwake, Kyle Johnson, Stefano Mancini, Ian Turnbull, Leobardo Montiel, Cabral Carter, Marcos Herrera, Noah Livingston, Harrison Faulkner, Caitlin Richardson, Zoe Weeks, Josh Rojas, Ryan Brock, Trevor Share + many others selected for US Training Centers.
  • Neil Thompson has also coached goalkeepers such as Brady Scott (Current u20 US Mens National Team), Damian Lass (Current u17 Youth National Team), Kevin Silva (Hearts, Scottish Premier League), Tim Dobrowolski (Louisville City, USL) Lysianne Peoulx (Canada u20 Womens National Team)
  • Neil Thompson has studied sessions from the following academies : Sporting CP, Benfica, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Sunderland,
  • Neil Thompson has coached and assisted sessions as a guest coach at Carlisle United and Blackburn Rovers
  • Neil Thompson has been mentored, shadowed or studied under, Mark Prudhoe, Hugo Oliviera, Miguel Miranda, Ricardo Pireira, Ben Benson, Simon Smith, Tony Elliot. Kevin Wolf, Tony Caig.
  • Big Cat Goalkeeping has strong ties with clubs in Europe these include but are not limited to Sporting CP in Portugal and Blackburn Rovers in England.
  • Miguel Miranda Camp React CO Director has coached Jan Oblak and Ederson