Well, it looks as if states are slowly beginning to re-open, and along with that comes the return--we hope--to soccer and a bit of normalcy. So, how do we prepare to go back into goal and re-acclimatize to regular training and matches.
The most important aspect of return to goal is getting your timing back. As a GK, timing and rhythm are very important as it enables you to sort of "slow the ball down" which gives you a better chance to save shots, deal with crosses and serves, and catch balls. We've all been in goal where things (the game) seem like they're happening too fast! Usually that's an indication that you are playing a level above where you are accustomed to. Things seem like a blur, and you find yourself constantly "trying to catch up". However, after playing at that level for awhile, things begin to "slow down" and you begin to feel more comfortable and in charge.
The same thing will happen as you begin to come back from the imposed COVID-19 hiatus. At first, things will seem too fast, and blurry. Probably not quite as bad as if you just took 3 months off totally, or if you had to take a few months to recover from a serious injury--remember, theoretically, you've been doing some solo-training!
Right? You have been solo training, right??
So. As you begin to spend more and more time in goal during GK training and in team training (small sided games), you'll begin to get your "timing" back. Your eyes and your brain will adjust to the movement and speed of the ball and after about 2-3 weeks, you'll begin to feel comfortable and confident again in goal. It'll come. Just when you start to get really frustrated with yourself and your seeming lack of progress, it'll come. It just does.
So, best of luck with your return. Be sure to be safe. Wear a mask (looking out for others), and follow your coach's instructions. You'll get there, and you'll be fine!
May the ground beneath your dive be soft. May your goalposts be three feet wide. May the other team shoot everything right at you!
All the Best--EV