The ability to deal with crosses coming into the box is one of the most highly rated
skills a top goalkeeper can have. A goalkeeper who can deal calmly and effectively
with every ball that is played into the box will instil confidence in his teammates,
while at the same time demoralizing the opponents.
Being able to deal with a high cross takes tremendous concentration. The goalkeeper
must be able to shut-out all outside distractions and only focus on the ball, even
when he must go into high traffic areas where collisions with opponents and teammates
When dealing with crosses a goalkeeper must be decisive, and once he has made the
decision to come for the cross, he must do so with 100% conviction. Hesitation in
these situations is often disastrous.