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- You cannot be afraid of getting injured. You are more likely to get an injury if you do not commit yourself completely.
- Have confidence in yourself. Do not let mistakes discourage you for the rest of the game. Put your mistakes in your back pocket and take them our at the end.
- Even though you will not save every shot, attempt to save every shot. If you don’t dive you will never know if you will save the soccer ball.
- Be in control of the play. Slow down play to change the momentum of a game, this can work if you have been under a lot of pressure and your team mates need to get their breath back, it also gives them time to get back into their correct positions.
- If you have to go to the ground to make a save, make sure you get back up quick. If your still on the floor, your less likely to make a save.
- You own the box! when the opposing team have a corner make sure your positioning is good. Be vocal and catch/punch anything around you.
- When diving you should always land on your side to prevent injury.
- If the soccer ball is coming towards your chest/face use the ‘W’ technique. If the soccer ball is coming at you below your chest use the ‘scoop’ technique.
- Train, train, train. make sure you work on your weaknesses. Many people in all walks of life tend to leave the things they are not good at to last.
- Communication is key. As a goalkeeper you can see everything that is going on on the pitch. It is vital that you constantly talk to your team giving them key instructions.
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