Collapse Dive - One Hand

The Collapse Dive Save with One Hand is probably one of the most deceptively difficult saves for the goalkeeper to make. The fact that the goalkeeper only has time to use one hand implies that the ball is travelling very quickly and trying to catch and hold the ball is not an option.

The ball is positioned very close to the goalkeepers foot complicating this save even more. In order to get his hand and upper body moving towards the ground, the goalkeeper must throw his legs out of the way to create space for his arm and body. This requires very strong core muscles and high flexibility. The goalkeepers hands will be positioned at waist height which means they have a relatively far distance to travel to make the save.

Goalkeeper - Iker Casillas

Preliminary Movements

The goalkeeper should use short sharp footwork to get into position in line with the shooter (Angle Play). He maintains a solid Shot Stopping Ready Position.

Key Points

  • Eye on the ball
  • Sharp footwork
  • Ready Position - Shot Stopper
  • Narrow the angle

Backswing / Recovery Movement

As the opponent prepares to strike the ball the goalkeeper should hop into the air and time the landing so that his feet makes contact with the ground just as the opponents foot contacts the ball. The goalkeeper should land slightly on one foot or the other depending on which side he thinks the ball will be struck to. The farther away the opponent, the higher the goalkeeper can jump.

Hands should be positioned in a good catching position.

Key Points

  • Eye on the ball
  • Hop into the air
  • Land on one foot or the other
  • Hands in Ready Position

Force-Producing Movement

Having assessed the flight of the ball, the goalkeeper should have landed with slightly less weight on the foot closest to the ball. The goalkeeper should then take that  foot and raise it in the air in front of the plant leg. The heel should come up until it is parallel with the knee cap or even higher.

The hand closest to the ball is then pushed downward towards the ground. The goalkeeper also has to twist the upper half of the body (head, shoulders, chest) towards the ground to make the movement as fast and sharp as possible.

The goalkeeper should follow the ball with his eyes for as long as possible.

Key Points

  • Eye on the ball
  • Drive the heel up
  • Drive the hand down
  • Twist the upper body towards the ground

The Critical Instant

The goalkeepers fingers should be spread wide and the hand should be moving towards the ball. The eyes should be focused on the ball. The goalkeeper should attempt to get as much of the body behind the ball as possible. 

Key Points

  • Eye on the ball
  • Fingers spread wide
  • Hand moving towards the ball

The Follow-Through

The goalkeeper should land on the side of the body first, with the hips following and then finally the legs. Just before the goalkeepers body contcts the ground he should exhale to ensure that he does not knock the wind out of himself. If the ball has not travelled out of bounds the goalkeeper should get his feet under him as quickly as possible and return to his ready position.

Key Points

  • Eye on the ball
  • Land on the side of the body
  • Legs in the air
  • Hand in front of body
  • Return to Ready Position

Game Footage

Goalkeeper - Oliver Kahn
Goalkeeper - Lukasz Fabianski

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Goalkeeper - Bouna Coundoul
Goalkeeper - Liam Reddy
Goalkeeper - Mark Schwarzer

Frame By Frame

Hugo Lloris
UEFA Champions League 2011
Olympique Lyon vs. Real Madrid

Preliminary: 0 fps (0.00 secs.)
Backswing: 8 fps (0.26 secs.)
Force Producing: 12 fps (0.40 secs.)
Follow-Through: 6 fps (0.20 secs.)

Preliminary Movements

Backswing/Recovery Movement



Force Producing Movement




Critical Instant

The Follow-Through


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