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Part 5

There Are Different
Types of Goalkeepers?

The Crow

Yes, there are.

You are doing 10 sets of 30 seconds with 5 kilo medicine balls each over the head (the famous Mickie Mouse), and legs going at a thousand revolutions, and each time that you reach 25 seconds in each series your legs begin to burn.

Having finished the drill, you go to the goal and feel that you have made a good effort with the legs, you need to continue warming up.

Why? Because you are a Type C goalkeeper.

There are very many types, including goalkeepers that from the same position in the water make a completely different jump than their peers, but, taking an overview, we can distinguish three.  We will call them A, B and C.

As all photos of goalkeepers are obviously in the water so that we don’t see more than half the body, we suggest some clear examples out of the water.

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NOTE: In the “Goalkeepers” video, they are not classified into these three classes, but class A predominates.

Type A – Cross Power

Type B – Full Power

Type C – Quick Power

These are only names, helpful for viewing the video.

Type A Goalkeepers

Look at the vertical position of the motorcyclist: it is pretty much the typical position of American goalkeepers, but also the typical position of new goalkeepers that we have already described and in our case (in Spain) it is the worst option to teach unless, obviously, the players is about 2 metres tall.

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 Brandon Brookes  Craig Wilson Gabor Nemes Dan Hacket

Examples in the “Goalkeepers” video: Brooks, Nemes.

Type B Goalkeepers

This is the best position for a goalkeeper who has the following physical characteristics: a great wingspan and a big physique with good coordination in and outside the water.

In the jump, there are two types:

  1. Once the shot is made, some tend to contract their trunk again to cut down the angle of the shot.  He is practically the perfect goalkeeper (taking into account his physical advantages).  They have few flaws in their characteristics.

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    Sostar 1 Nicolai Maximov 1

    Examples in the “Goalkeepers” video: Sostar, Maximov

  3. Whilst others make a lateral jump, sacrificing the capability of cutting down the distance to the ball.  These are vulnerable to bounce-shots when making a lateral jump.
  4. Their technique with hands out of the water is worse, so they give too many rebounds.

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    Denis Sefik 2 Slodoban Soro 2

    Examples in the “Goalkeepers” video: Sefik, Soro

Type C Goalkeepers

This is the position advised for goalkeepers lacking height, because it allows them to reduce the angle further in the jump.  The position of the knees is lower and the goalkeeper works in his initial position, more with abductors than with quadriceps or “femorals”.

Hence the answer to the example we gave at the beginning.  With the medicine ball you are likely to work vertically: therefore you are working muscles that are used in the second part of the jump, but you are not working the main muscle used by these goalkeepers: the abductor.

In jumping, as with type B, the whole trunk is used and they further reduce the angle by crunching again.  As a result of having the knees further back, the angle to reduce is greater.

With very fast hands, they need to work with lower weights than the previous type and more explosively, above all with reference to the shoulders.

Again there are two types:

  1. With a much more extended body as we have already described.  Their tendency in response to a fake is to go forwards, making them vulnerable to lobs (here computer analysis comes in, or memorising the shots of players, as well as intuition) but good at penalties and close-range shots.

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    Jesus Rollan 1 Manel Silvestre 1

    Examples in the Goalkeepers video: Rollan, Silvestre

  3. The goalkeeper’s body position is between that of B and C and although their position seems semi-vertical, their technique is faster than type B’s, having a lighter physique, and they are good with lobs and at reducing the angle of the shot to a little less than the previous type; however they are a bit less assured with close-range shots and skip-shots.
  4. Examples in the Goalkeepers video: Andreo, Aguilar, Attolico

In the video “Goalkeepers 70’ 80’ 90’ 00’” at or in YouTube at, you can see the differences between the types although there are some goalkeepers like Andreo and Aguilar who fall into two different types.

5.1 Conclusions