Tips for the beginner goalkeeper

Written by Soccer Garage

Here are some tips and tricks for the beginner goalkeeper:

Tip 1 – Close the gap in one on one situations. For example, an opposing player gets a breakaway and is heading towards you, what do you do? One of the three things: close the gap, or narrow the angle down, or come out of the box and smother the ball. Most experienced goalkeepers will tell you to get big on your opponent.

Tip 2 – Make a W with your fingers when making a save. You do this by making two V’s with your two index fingers and your thumbs. The time and shot will determine if you can do this, though it is not possible in all scenarios. You will be doing this with your goalkeeping gear.

Tip 3 – Communication is one of the most important things a goalkeeper can do. He is one of the few players that can see the whole field and is not always in play. Organize and communicate with the defense.

Tip 4 – Once you smother the ball and take possession, the next step is to send the ball back down the field. The main thing to remember is to kick the ball towards the side of the field and not the middle.

Tip 5 – Even in pickup games, always make sure to get a goalkeeper jersey that is distinct from the rest of the team.


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