All soccer goalies need to understand the game inside and out, not only their own responsibilities but also the responsibilities of all of their teammates in front of them.
This need to have the best understanding of the game is for organizing and commanding a teams shape as it changes throughout a match.
Every keeper you and I have ever known has been a little, sorta kinda.. umm crazy. Besides that common attribute all great keepers have there are also several other strong qualities they commonly possess.
When the debate comes up for what is the most difficult or most important player on the pitch, there should be no debate. Every great team that has won anything has had a fantastic keeper between the white skinny defenders (aka the posts).
1. They make all the routine saves look easy.
2. Vocal leadership with organization and holding player accountable.
3. Ability to make one game saving save per match.
4. Has the trust of his defensive back line.
One of the wonders of soccer, keepers that just know how to stop pk’s. Some say they look at the eyes, other the feet, other the direction of the sun. Whatever it is some goalkeepers just have a knack for coming up big and stopping penalties.
I’ve played with soccer goalies that just say they know where shooters are going, true or not they stop pk’s at a tremendous rate.
Because of the extreme mental battle that occurs when taking a penalty between shooter and shot stopper a big physically imposing goalie can put the other team off just a bit. That mixed in with the importance of the moment can put players off.
Other goalies just believe they aren’t going to stop the ball and they don’t. I think it comes down to three things, confidence, athleticism and luck.
More now than ever! Before keepers used to be just responsible for the defensive side of the game. Now keepers are initiating the offence, playing in tight spaces in and around their own box and even coming up to half and join the teams build up.
So a simple yes works for this questions but what exactly do keepers need to be good at technically with their feet to add value to their team and pose a threat for the opposition?
Although there is no perfect cookie cutter mold for a great goalie (because they do come in all shapes and sizes). The ideal physical attributes for a goalie to carry out certain tasks on the field are as follows:
These attributes are things that can't always be taught and are vital for any aspiring professional soccer goalies.
These are known as the intangibles of being a world class athlete that go beyond the stat sheet but are so incredibly vital from becoming a good amateur player to a true pro playing at the highest of level.
Great keepers across the map have ice running through their veins. This means that no mater the pressure or the stakes of the moment they aren’t phased.
The reason soccer goalies need to be the most mentally tough players on the field are:
The saying “defence wins championships” is directly related to the man with the two white skinny metal girls on each arm.
Any great championship team in soccer has had a stand out goalie between the bars. If starting a team from scratch and I could choose one star player above anything else I would choose a net minder who keeps me in and wins me games.
Soccer goalies are often a little out there and wild but as long as they are winning you games and standing on their head consistently we can let a little crazy slide.
You may be a great keeper, but when there's two of you we both know only one can play. So there are a few schools of thought here.
1. Well if one's not playing great we can always switch. Plus it makes for competitive training making them both better.
2. One will lose motivation and just be sour all year long creating rifts throughout the team.
3. They can both lose confidence in themselves knowing that you don't have full confidence in one of them.
So who plays? Do you split or just go with your gut?
Well ideally every team wants two keepers that are extremely talented, pushing each other in practice and don't care who plays and who gets the glory. Unfortunately you me and anybody that knows anything about soccer knows that is an extremely rare quality among soccer goalies and competitors for that matter.
This is where the combination of a young and more experienced goalie can work well as a duo. Experienced one teaches the young and talented young one and they younger keeper isn't discouraged knowing his time will come.
The dynamics of goaltenders on a team can be tricky, and varies mainly based on personality more than anything else. Finding the right combination is a difficult thing, and if you're one of those soccer goalies in that position right now you need to ask yourself what's the main objective here and am I getting a fair look?
Soccer goalies world wide play the hardest position on the pitch with all the glory and blame at stake. Finding two that are willing to share that is extremely rare. Most teams I've played on have had a dominant number one, but the few times it's been even I wouldn't have wanted be the coach making the decisions.
It's all about opportunity, soccer goalies need to realize it's all about taking your small window of opportunity whether it be in training or in a match. That small window closes quickly so when you have your chance, you need to perform or unfortunately the coach has no other choice but to put you back where you started, especially at the professional level.
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