Successful goalkeeping requires great skill and a little bit of luck. Mixed in with proper technique/skill is playing the angle correctly. Some coaches/keepers refer to it as positioning. Whatever you call it, angle play is key to reducing the amount of space a shooter has to score. The smaller the angle, the less space. Vise versa the larger the angle the bigger the goal becomes. There’s a fine balance a goalkeeper must find in moving into the proper position to give the best opportunity to make a save.
In training, we’re always talking about coming off the line, cutting the angle to make it as difficult as possible for the shooter to beat the keeper. A keeper could have excellent footwork and technique but if they have the angle all wrong a shooter can still slot the ball past with relative ease.
In the photo below you can see inside the blue lines are the only space a shooter has to score. If the keeper comes forward just a few yards, the angle gets smaller or tighter for the shooter. By extending the keepers hands low and wide. thus making yourself “big”, more space is taken up making it a more difficult shot. Staying back too far just allows the shooter to pick their spot in the goal. Ultimately, regardless of the shooters position on the field, the keeper would like to be one step and dive from each of the blue lines. This isn’t always possible, but to reduce the shooting space as much as possible is the ultimate goal.
During our weekly goalkeeper sessions we try and make the exercises situational. Meaning, putting the keepers in scenarios that closely resemble ones they would encounter in a game. By taking these situations and breaking them down into smaller pieces we help the keepers improve their skills at each step in the process.
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