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 U-19 National Team Level, NCAA Division 1 level,  Developmental Academy (D.A.) level and MLS franchise, Los Angeles Football Club also known as LAFC.



Thompson who started working within a professional soccer system at age 16 and as 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).

It is with his experience and knowledge of the Goalkeeping position and experience that goes into the development of BIG CAT GOALKEEPING, a nationwide brand that delivers premier coaching, instruction, development and products.  From the elite and experienced goalkeeper to the beginning youth and future great goalkeepers, Neil "BIG CAT" Thompson brings an extensive development instruction and product for each goalkeeper skill level. 

Neil Thompson brings an enthusiasm, confidence and attitude to everything goalkeeping.  His catchphrase "LET'S SMASH IT" is often preached to his goalkeepers in camps, clinics and social media.  

BIG CAT GOALKEEPING is here to provide great developmental and technical coaching at the Goalkeeper position, education and instructions of the position, mentorships on your Goalkeeping journey from Club to Professional or College levels, and quality goalkeeping gloves designed by Neil Thompson, BIG CAT GOALKEEPING apparel and gear.  

Thompson and his BIG CAT GOALKEEPING staff direct goalkeeping specific programs for clubs around the U.S. and conduct camps across North America and Europe. 

Coach Neil has a wealth of experience:

  • Coached US U19 National Team
  • Coached US U15 National Team (Concacaf Championships)
  • Coached US Sub Regional Centers
  • Coached US Training Centers Illinois and California
  • LAFC Head Academy Goalkeeper Coach
  • Coached and Consulted for ODP Region II
  • Coached at NCAA DI Level
  • 16 years of working professionally in Soccer
  • Has played soccer at College and at the professional level
  • Has UEFA Cup experience

Goalkeepers Coached:

  • Kevin Silva – Hearts, SPL, US U19 National Team (Coached at u19 National Team Camp)
  • Brady Scott –FC Köln, Bundeslia & US U20 National Team – (Coached at U19 National Team Camp)
  • Tim Dobrowolski – Louisville City, USL – (Coached at Loyola University)
  • Donavan Palomares – LAFC & U15 Mexican National Team (Coach at LAFC)
  • Damian Lass – Fulham & US U17 National Team – (Coached at US Training Centers)
  • Brandon Barnes – Richmond Kickers, USL (Coached at Club level at Sockers FC & Big Cat Goalkeeping)
  • Alex Budnik – Dartmouth College, US U19 National Team (Coached at Big Cat Goalkeeping)
  • Duncan Turnbull – Notre Dame, NCAA D1 (Coached at Big Cat Goalkeeping)
  • Roman Calentano – Indiana Commit NCAA D1 (Coached at Big Cat Goalkeeping)
  • Lysianne Proulx – Canadian u20 National Team (Coached at the Canadian Soccer Expo & Big Cat Goalkeeping)
  • Damien Alguera– US u17 National Team & Sporting Kansas City (Coached at CONCACAF)
  • Chris Brady – US u17 National Team & Chicago Fire (Coached at CONCACAF)
  • Diego Martinez – LAFC Academy U14 & Generation Adidas Golden Gloves winner
  • Anthony Campbell – LAFC Academy u13 & Generation Adidas Golden Gloves winner