Some people may consider being a soccer goalkeeper “an easy task” because goalies are not running much and they are “watching” the game; and perhaps they intervene in the game once or twice. However, this soccer position is so critical and I would even consider a goalkeeper to be the most important player on a team! Nowadays, goalies need to be fit and possess some footwork skills to stand out among other goalkeepers.
The world of soccer has witnessed amazing goalkeepers and the most recent ones have displayed great skills, not only with their hands but also with their feet. Among the top soccer goalies we have: Iker Casillas, Gianluigi Buffon, Manuel Neuer, and Thibaut Courtois.
I will share some soccer goalkeeper tips to help young goalies step up their game. Some areas that I will be covering include: Be alert throughout the game, communication on the field, timing your moves and displacement, and more tips.
- Get in the Game! Careful with the long passes
- Watch the opposite side (If the opponent is attacking through the left side, keep an eye on the right side)
- As your team steps up, move up with them staying inside “the 18”
- Always on your toes. That will help react a second faster!
Organize your team!
- YOU SEE EVERYTHING! talk to your teammates
- Let them know when they need to get on someone (opponent)
- On a corner kick, get two players covering your front post and back post
- On a free kick, if needed, ask for a wall and LET THEM KNOW how many you want
- Be a leader! You are not always involved in the game – GET INVOLVED by encouraging your teammates!
**The timing is critical**
Whether you are coming out of your three posts to face a striker or just going for a ball up in the air, the times is the most critical component to become a good soccer goalkeeper.
Use your judgment and consider the following before making a move. Especially, if it involves moving away from your line/goal.
- Am I going to get to the ball first?
- If I don’t get to the ball first, is a teammate close enough to help me out and cover the goal?
- Should I REALLY go for the ball or is a teammate closer than me?
- What other options do I have? Can my teammate take care of the situation?
>The Best and The Worst<
As a goalkeeper, you can go from being the SUPERHERO to being the VILLAIN in no time. This is a soccer position where mistakes are considered a loss and great performances are not as rewarding as a great performance of a striker. It may not sound fair but that’s the nature of this position.
However, when it comes to penalty kick during playoffs time, there is no way a goalkeeper can be the “VILLAIN”; if a goalkeeper can save ONE penalty kick, then he is THE HERO and the feeling is great!
Regardless of your performance, remember that mistakes will occur and hard work always pays off. No matter what the score is, always reflect on your best and worst moments on the game and improve from there.
Learn from the Pros!
Have you seen your favorite soccer goalkeeper in action recently? What was the coolest thing he/she did? Share your answers below 🙂
Whether is your standing position, side-to-side movement, your reaction time, covering your post, or footwork, watch and learn from the Pros! As goalkeeper, you need to make a decision in seconds and the more experience you have (playing or watching others), the better decisions you will make.
Watching professional soccer goalies can help you realize what you need to work on to step up your game. During practice, make sure that you are pushing yourself, even if the practice is not directly related to you. When playing time comes, apply everything that you learned from this post.