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Front Smother – Should Goalkeepers always tuck the knee?

Stefan Frei’s mistake, similar to the Robert Green’s error in World Cup 2010 in the application of the front smother, where the ball deflects to the side and in the goal, leaves me thinking about whether goalkeeper coaches should think differently about teaching tucking the knee as the go-to in their goalkeeper training.  Should the wide-footed approach have equal say? Yes, the nutmeg is a risk, however, in situations where it is vital to have the hands behind the ball first it may a better technique. Thoughts?

Stephen Swanger is a Goalkeeper Coach with Just 4 Keepers of Washington State and loves the Sounders. But, to criticize your favorite players means that you want the best for your team. Right?  🙂

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