Goalkeeper Ready Positions

The modern game is played at an extremly fast pace. in order for a goalkeeper to have success he must do as much as he can before the ball ever leaves the opponents foot. At the highest levels of the game, every fraction of a second counts.

This means the goalkeeper must be positioned correctly. That not only means standing in the right place on the field, the goalkeeper must also be in the correct stance or `Ready Position`.

There are four distinct scenarios that the goalkeeper may be faced with during the course of a game. Each scenario requires a different `Ready Position`in order to achieve maximum efficiency.

À solid foundation for success will be achieved once the goalkeeper is able to identify these scenarios and apply the correct `Ready Position`accordingly.

 

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The Four Scenarios

 
Goalkeeper Ready Position - Wide Angle
Ready Position #1 - Shot Stopper

The goalkeeper will adopt this ready position when the ball is located within shooting range (red area).

The most common techniques executed from this position are:

  • Basic saves near the body (forward dive, scoop, bucket catch, 'W' Catch)
  • Diving saves (collapse dive, gliding, etc.)
  • Hop and Load
  • Basic side to side footwork
Field Division - Shot Stopper
 
 
Goalkeeper Ready Position - Wide Angle
Ready Position # 2 - Wing Play

The goalkeeper will adopt this ready position when the ball is positioned on the wings (yellow area) and a ball being crossed into the goal area is the most likely situation.

The most common techniques executed from this position are:

  • High Cross Catch
  • Forward dive at the near post
  • Punching (two handed, one handed)
  • Tipping over crossbar
  • Forwards Sprints
  • Backwards cross-over steps
Field Division - Wing Play
 

Related Techniques

 
Goalkeeper Ready Position - Wide Angle
Ready Position #3 - Sweeper Keeper

The goalkeeper will adopt this ready position when the ball is NOT within shooting range (purple area), the ball is NOT positioned on the wings (yellow area), but in any other position on the field (red area).

The most common techniques executed from this position are:

  • Forward sprints
  • Backward sprints
  • First time clearance
  • Heading
  • Punching
Field Division - Sweeper Keeper
 

Related Techniques

 
Goalkeeper Ready Position - Wide Angle
Ready Position #4 - Wide Angle

The goalkeeper will adopt this ready position when the ball is located within shooting range and at a very wide angle (blue area).

The most common techniques executed from this position are:

  • Basic saves near the body (forward dive, scoop, bucket catch, 'W' Catch)
  • Collapse Dive
  • Foot Saves
Field Division - Wide Angle
 

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