Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Communicating as a goalkeeper

Most goalkeepers know the importance of talking in a game situation. Talking as a keeper is one of the most important traits to have and I will go as far to say that if you are a goalie who does not communicate to his defence and team mates, you will struggle playing at the high levels.

Because communication is vital as a keeper!

Now this article is actually not about the positive type of talking you should do between the sticks, like organising your defence or shouting for the ball. No, I am going to talk about a different type of talking that is bad for you.

When I walk around local soccer grounds to watch my goalkeeping students play their game, I am totally amazed by the amount of young goalkeepers who chat to people behind their goal.
Now most of the time, the person behind the goal is the parent and this can cause massive problems for the keeper who is playing.

I have actually seen goalkeepers leaning on the goal posts while the game is going on chatting to the person or persons behind their goal, which is very dangerous.

Two things happen here, one, you are out of position so if the opposing team break away and you are caught out of position, this will most probably result in a goal against you, which is bad for the team and also makes you look bad.

And two, you lose concentration! Concentration in arguably the most VITAL skill a GK needs to take out onto the pitch. In fact the best keepers in the world are the best because they have mastered how to concentrate while playing.

Even if you have a quick chat while playing, this will actually take you OUT of the game and again if an opposing team breaks away and you are not 100% focused on what’s happening in front of you, again do not be surprised if you concede a silly goal.

So if you are one of these parents who chats away to your child while they are playing their soccer game, please stop because you now know you are doing your goalkeeper/child more harm than good!

If attend goalie Schools at present, also ask your coach about this important trait!

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