Do we pay enough attention to our goalkeepers?
There are many times when we have finished explaining the training to our field players,that we look at our two goalkeepers alone, who are anxiously waiting for the training that applies to them and we say nothing. Our solutions for the goalkeepers are not always the best. Here are some exampes of our solutions...
We have the goalkeepers swim with the other players.
We repeat the same routine training for goalkeepers that we do for field players.
We say to goalkeepers “Warm up we are ready to start shooting”.
These are easy solutions but they are not the correct solutions for players who are an essential elements for our team’s success.
It is said that a goalkeeper is as much as 50% of the team. That might not be a slight exaggeration but a goalkeeper is one of the most important players on any team and we don’t treat him as such.
We do not correct them for their technical mistakes.
We do not make them work hard enough to achieve their maximum.
We do not prepare them to perform at 100% in games at the end of the week.
We do not adapt our system to them, but we expect them to adapt to our system. Perhaps you should not take the same approach with all goalkeepers. The goalkeeps range from those who save shots from close range, some who save shots from far range,some who are fast or slow,some who steal balls, some who have a great wingspan, some who stay up for the fake, and some who only save first time shots. In the end, we must ask what type of goalkeepers do we have?
What Goalkeepers Do We Have?
In general terms if we say, that whoever is our goalkeeper, our system is not going to change then are making a big error.
Here are some examples:
- Goalkeepers that is good at saving first time shots.
If we play a 2-3 static zone, for example, it will be very difficult to stop the other team and we will not get the maximum performance from our goalkeeper. On the other hand, if we convert to a more dynamic defense including adding a player more to help the zone, the performance of the goalkeeper will be improved. The attackers will have only one or two seconds available to take a shot and it will always be a first time shot or a shot without much of a fake.
- Goalkeepers with good movement
You can benefit by using an M defense, or by pressing, to steal the ball at centre forward.
- Goalkeepers with little movement
Types of defense are usually confined to two players: 1 and 2 or 2 and 3. If there are three players involved, always place one in the lane (in the passing lane) so that a long pass has to be made, for example, a pass from 2 to 4, will be a pass that is as slow as possible. These are goalkeepers that are used to cutting down the shooting angle and they have a tendency to jump forward.
- Goalkeepers used to certain systems
Russians, Hungarians, Serbians, Croatians, and others use defensive systems with big blocks limiting the space where a save is required. In this case especially, you have to adapt the team to the goalkeeper, which will improve the team’s capacity for blocking on both 6-on-6 and 6-on-5 defenses.