Goalkeeping Tips, Tidbits and Random Thoughts
An athlete talking to themsleves during competition is hardly a new phenomenon.... The talk does not have to be vocal. By merely thinking you are talking to yourself and sending a message.
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Rang my bell a bit, but no permanent damage (keep the wisecracks to yourself). Hands are best, but toes, legs, torsos, and faces can all satisfactorily stop a ball if need be. One of my favorite sayings: You can't be stupid and play goalkeeper, but you have to be a little bit crazy.
Labels: Matchday observations
Don't bounce the ball. It's unneccessary and can only lead to problems. Oh, and if they do roll the ball out to kick it off the ground, make sure that no attackers are lurking about to nick the ball away.
train this situation regularly; it can be hard even in practice, and is that much harder when you're being clutched, grabbed and pushed in a game. What should have been a routine catch becomes a desperate scramble.
The goalkeeper is the last line of defense, so any mistake is magnified and mental focus is crucial. That's one of the reasons I think goalkeeper is the toughest position to play mentally.
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