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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If you're statistically minded, there's an interesting thread on the subject over at BigSoccer in the "Statistics and Analysis" board: Making Sense of Save Percentages. It discusses how you can try to take these other factors into account to get a "true" objective measure of how good a goalkeeper really is. I doubt you'll ever get there (for example, the ability of a keeper to deal with crosses is critical but never factors into shot statistics at all), but it's a start.
What's the big deal about just five players, some of you might ask? Well, it's a six-a-side league, so we played short-handed the entire match. We had to play smart, and even in goal I handled the ball with my feet more than my hands, which was a key to keeping possession and controlling the tempo of the game. Keepers, work on those footskills too! I actually only played in goal half the time, and finished the season with six goals (in just 4-1/2 matches worth of field time) and three assists (all while in net).
World Cup draw has been completed, many folks think that Group E, with Italy, Ghana, the USA and the Czech Republic, is the "Group of Death". It certainly will not be a cakewalk for any side.
Goals may be at a premium, too, not just due to the Italian's catenaccio system of play, but because arguably three of the top ten or so keepers in the world will be minding the Group E nets: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Petr Cech (Czech Republic) and Kasey Keller (USA).
The only other group even close is Group A, with Oliver Kahn (Germany) and Jerzy Dudek (Poland).
Labels: Matchday observations
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