To most having a goalkeeper play in an indoor game on turf is the same as playing in an outdoor game. Or having a goalkeeper play in a futsal game is the same as playing in any other indoor soccer game. In actuality there are many difference in a way a goalkeeper should play in all three games. Positioning is a key difference in all three games as the space and angles are much smaller as well as the speed of the game, which is much faster. Because of the smaller space the shooting is also faster and always form a closer range which forces goalkeepers to have to make quicker reaction saves and being in the right positioning and angle is crucial. At the goalkeeper training in New Jersey the coaching staff of Just4Keeers teach these elements and make sure that goalkeepers understand the difference and how to apply them. Just4keepers in Central New Jersey train in a futsal enviroment during the winter goalkeeper training season and that helps the goalkeepers understand the different rules that futsal has and off course how to adapt their style of play from the outdoor style of play.
Unfortunately many coaches do not understand that the futsal style of play is much different than the regular outdoor game or even the indoor game played on turf and therefore do not know how to prepare their goalkeepers for a futsal game. Other coaches do not even have a dedicated goalkeeper, using a field player in the goal which makes it even more difficult to play. The body movement and positioning of a futsal goalkeeper are much different than that of a goalkeeper playing outdoors or indoor on turf. Once again the training conduct by Just4Keepers in Central New Jersey reflects the futsal style of play and gets the goalkeepers ready to play the futsal style.
Below are two photos so that you can see the difference of indoor style and a futsal style. They say a photo is equal to a thousand words…what do you think?