As I get older my admiration and respect for goal keepers increases. One thing that is a given, as your child grows up the players will get stronger and more aggressive so it is very important to learn the basic fundamentals early to prevent injuries later on. I have commented on this blog before about how I play in a men’s league with other soccer coaching friends, during these games we have seen very powerful players shoot very hard shots at our keepers. We even have had a goal keeper on our team injure his hand due to a rocket of a shot on goal. When shots on goal come they come FAST! So lets take this time to review the proper goal keeping fundamentals with this video.
It goes without saying that all goal keepers should wear gloves. Gloves assist in catching a ball and protect the hands from the force of a shot on goal. Special jerseys are made for goalkeepers that have padding in the arms and shoulders to protect you as you dive. Pants are also made that have padding on the hips to minimize injury due to impact.
One of the basic fundamental skills of a soccer goal keeper is how you hold your hands to catch a ball. It is important to hold your hands in a “W” formation. This will allow you to maximize the surface area of your gloves on the ball and increase your chances of holding on to the ball and minimizing injury to your fingers and hands.
Body placement in the mouth of the goal is equally important. You should line up your body with ball, always keep your moving feet moving to get in line with ball. Ideally you want your shoulders to be square with the ball as you collect it. Watch the video below for some pointers.