As a goalkeeper, communication is more commands and direction. They have to be short, simple and to the point. You can’t talk in sentences. For example, I wouldn’t say, “John, you have a guy coming down your left side. Watch him.” I would instead yell, “John, look left!” A keeper needs to state the obvious.
While watching games recently, one of the biggest things that stands out to me is the lack of effective communication from goalkeepers, especially the younger ones.
As goalkeepers, we have all been in the position of playing a great game and walking off the field with our head held high feeling 10 feet tall. However, what about the times when things don’t go the way we would have hoped and we don’t play our best. How do we deal with those situations and learn from them?