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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The goalkeeper stands behind two defenders. In front of the defenders are three attackers with a ball. The attackers move only at a walking pace, passing the ball back and forth. If an attacker is not pressured, they may walk forward with the ball until confronted. The goalkeeper must direct the defenders to defend the ball and keep the attackers from advancing.
Sound simple? There's a catch--the defenders may not move unless the goalkeeper tells them to, and then must do exactly as the keeper says.
It is not nearly so easy as it sounds. I have watched experienced players stammer, freeze up and storm off in frustration after trying this activity. It takes constant decision making and quick, concise communication to pull off well.
Even with the attackers at a walk, the keeper needs to have a constant stream of commands: "Joe, step to the ball!" "Pete, drop back a bit." "Joe, slide left." "Pete, pressure ball!" "Joe, stay in the middle."
why all Russians want to be goalkeepers.
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Key to Hockey Goalie Success Discovered.
"Elite goalies focused directly on the puck nearly a full second before the shot was released nearly three-quarters of the time," according to the research. I'm sure the same goes for goalkeepers in soccer. Keepers need to learn to "read" the shooter and predict when the shot is coming so they can be ready, have their head still, and be able to focus on the ball.
The mantra I use with my keepers is "Feet, eyes, hands." Before the shot is struck, get into the ready position (feet), focus on the ball (eyes), and then save with your hands.
vidclips of Jens Lehman and Timo Hildebrand training at Torwart.de. The thing to note is that there is nothing fancy here. Basic warm-up & stretching, catching volleys from the coach, diving technique, taking a series of balls from close range, and various simple handling exercises. Obviously there is more work going on when the keepers are back in with the team, but even—in fact, especially—at the professional level keepers need to focus on the basics.
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