Would you like to receive lots of cheers while playing football? This often happens to an intrepid goalkeeper.
Step 1. Accept your limitations
Always give everything for your team, but know that scoring is inevitable sooner or later. Be sure of yourself and don't play with fear. If you find it necessary, wear a mouthguard to protect yourself. When playing football, don't be afraid to hurt yourself, the chances of getting seriously injured are pretty slim.
Step 2. If someone runs towards you with the ball and chain, sprint towards them
This will scare the opponent making him less accurate. What's more, by staying in the poles, the opponent would be able to get close and easily aim at one of your sides. As you approach your opponent, keep in mind that he will likely aim for the side and be prepared to block from the foot. Most of the players are right-handed and are therefore likely to aim at your right side. If you decide to stay upright, be prepared to extend your leg outward with the flat of your foot facing the ball to block the shot.
Step 3. If the player in front of you is an experienced player, the previous technique may not work
It will likely dribble you sideways. In this case, run towards him, but move diagonally to his right. If he tries to shoot to the right, he tries to block the ball with his foot, if he shoots to the left, extend his arms and parry with his hand. When attempting such a block, keep your legs closer to your opponent than your face. If you have to parry when you are on the ground, try to protect your mouth with your shoulder to prevent them from knocking out any teeth.
Step 4. Train your sense of posture, dexterity, diving skills and reflexes
Step 5. Penalty kicks are a particularly stressful experience for a goalkeeper and must be approached in a certain way
NEVER wait for the shot with your weight on your heels; stand on your toes in order to react lightly. Many players are right-handed and there is a good chance they will aim to the goalkeeper's right, but the thing it is not at all obvious, especially if you play at a competitive level. One way to understand if the shot will be low or not is to evaluate the position of the opponent (particularly that of the head). If the player looks down, the shot will be 99% low. If the opponent looks straight ahead, the ball could lift off the ground, and the shot is likely to be straight and powerful. If at the moment of the shot the player leans back slightly, then the ball will surely come off the ground. To intercept such a shot, stand in the center of the goal line - on tiptoe - and wait for the shot. When shooting, try to determine the path of the ball. Sometimes a penalty shooter just shoots straight, because he is nervous (although it doesn't happen often). When a penalty is whistled at you, pay attention to who is called to kick it; if the coach of the opposing team does not make the fouled player beat, there is a good chance that the kicker is a good penalty taker. If the shot is angled, you will have just enough time to dive in hoping to intercept it. When diving, it is essential to extend your arms as much as possible, in order to intercept the ball. Don't close your eyes at all and don't be afraid of getting hurt. If you fail to block the shot and the ball remains in play, chances are your opponents will pour into the box to hit the net, so don't lose focus, in all likelihood you will be closest to the ball and have a noticeable advantage over your opponents by being able to use your hands, so hurry on the ball so as not to give them a chance to score.
- If by any chance you have doubts about the importance of your role in the team, remember that, in a sense, every goal saved counts as a goal scored against the opponents.
- When grabbing the ball, make sure you are in full control and don't let it get out of hand.
- Humming a song in your head can help you act instinctively without worrying too much about getting hurt or wrong.
- If you jump into a low ball, grab it and assume the "W" position in front of your face. This should protect the whole body.
- When you dive, take advantage of any padding inside the suit to avoid hurting yourself.
- The cleats can help a lot when diving, as they grip the ground and promote thrust.
- Don't take any unnecessary risks to your health; it is absolutely useless to get hurt for nothing, unless you sacrifice yourself to avoid a goal.
- The goalkeeper is a sacrificial role. Some stamina is needed and you get a little hurt. When playing at certain levels, they take inevitably kicks, blows, you are trampled and injured by the cleats of the opponents. It might seem like a little fun role, but the adrenaline helps make a desperate rescue a truly heroic feat!
- Never get angry, it can only create problems. From a certain point of view it can also charge you, but don't get violent, because you will get a price tag.
- Don't go beyond your means. If you get headshots multiple times during a match (which can happen), ask for a change.