Let’s try to learn how to become the best goalkeeper we can possible be. It doesn’t matter if you’re tall or short, a goalkeeper can develop their own style of play. Take Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando or Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas, both players are not very tall, but they’re both quick and read the game extremely well so they’re always in the right position to make the save. What matters for keepers is that you’re positioned correctly and ready to make the save. But how to you become a great goalkeeper?
Well, as a goalkeeper, you’ve got to master the fundamentals of the position. Some people say to play goalkeeper you’ve got to be a little crazy, since you’re constantly putting yourself in dangerous positions, whether that’s stopping a one on one or coming out to win a cross.
Update: Take a look at the Coerver Goalkeeping Essentials DVD.
But the key to playing goalkeeper is to read the game and limit the number of times you have to make difficult saves or reacting at the last second since you’re out of position. As a goalkeeper you want to get to the soccer ball before anyone else, obviously, and that means reading the game and positioning yourself properly. Let’s take a look at some of the fundamentals of playing keeper and some goalkeeper drills to make you a better keeper overall.
Also, increasingly, in the modern game of soccer, goalkeepers must be good with the ball at their feet, both feet at that. Teams like Barcelona and Bayern Munich, use their keeper to keep possession of the soccer ball and sometimes even the keeper or act like a sweeper in the case of Manuel Neuer. Simply knock the soccer ball back and forth against a wall will help improve your touch on the soccer ball.
Check out Chelsea’s Petr Cech working on his goalkeeper reaction time in this drill – using tennis balls:
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