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Mental AGILITY Keeper’s best friend

Developing mental toughness or “mental agility” can help the goalkeeper perform under high levels of pressure in a calm, composed and confident manner. Focusing and dealing with the demands of the game is something that takes time to develop. Staying connected in the game even though the keeper may not touch the ball for long periods of time is incredibly draining for the goalkeeper.

Talking and offering help to the players in front of the keeper is a good way to stay engaged and connected to the rest of the team. Direction to the teammates, back four especially, like “man on, time, turn or pick up to the right or left, man coming through and other such directions not only help the keeper’s teammates but force the keeper to constantly read the game and be engaged in the game. Do not forget a goalkeeper has the best view of the entire field of play and can help his/her teammates the most. Being vocal not only helps the keeper stay engaged in the game but also helps build confidence with his back four as the defenders realize that their keeper is reading the game and making quality comments to help them. They know that their keeper is paying attention to the way they are playing and is ready to help.

How a goalkeeper is communicating with his teammates is also important. Voice tone and mannerisms in how the information is passed on to the field players is important for them to understand they are being helped and not screamed at.

Good Habits breed good actions. Positive thoughts breed positive actions. Just4keepers emphases the mental aspect of the game because it is the belief that goalkeeper training is not just about proper technique or positioning.

 

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