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Part 6 (6.2.2 - 6.2.4)


The Crow

6.2.2 Gliding in the goal, in set attack

We already have a way to glide.  Now we need to know where to glide to.

It’s easy to understand.  From the shooting position to the centre of the goal draw an imaginary line: we will call this the line of shooter.  We also make an imaginary ellipse from post to post, and the intersection with the line of the shooter gives us the point where we have to place ourselves.  This point we will call the ideal position.

 As you see in positions 1 and 5 we are closer to the goal than in 2, 3 and 4.  So far so good.

In all the glides, the rule is: move first to the line of the shooter and then, second, to the ideal position.  If we werealways to follow the ellipse to get to the next ideal position, we would always arrive late.

In the case of a short glide, for example from 1 to 2:

The distance between the line of the shooter and the ideal position is almost nothing: by making a small glide we are already in position.


In the case of a long glide, for example from 2 to 5: the big difference between the movements that we have to make to get to the ideal position is obvious.


6.2.3 Glide in man-down

The movements in man-down will depend on the defence of the team in each position.
If in general the defence is tight, the radius of action to defend is quite small and the shift is less.

Whilst with a more open defence, the goalkeeper has to cover more of the goal.


Advice: My advice is to always assume the later applies, because in that way you become used to not always being dependent on the defender’s block.  In that case, they are not just used to saving shots in “their space” and you are unpredictable to attackers, who otherwise know that passing the arm of the blocker is half way to scoring a goal.  (This is case with Russian, Croat, Serbian and Hungarian goalkeepers).

Examples: in the Goalkeepers video, Aguilar and Silvestre save behind the arm of the defensive block.

6.2.4 The fake: the hands

(Examples for styles of type B and C)

A player fakes to make the position of the goalkeeper unstable: so the goalkeeper should maintain the alert position as long as possible before the shot.

The alert position

The arms:

The hands:

The movements are symmetrical:

  1. Palms perpendicular moving outwards to exert pressure on the water, without opening the arms too much: the movement outwards should coincide with the shooter’s arm moving backwards, and…
  2. Movement of the hands in alert position No 1


    Vertical force to maintain elevation of the body

  3. Palms of the hands perpendicular and inwards, producing a vertical push that coincides with the shooter’s arm moving forwards, so that you are prepared to jump if a shot is made.  If no shot happens, back to the beginning.
  4. Movement of hands in alert position No 2


    Vertical force to start the jump

    It’s very important not to make the first movement too high in response to the fake because, after this movement, the shooter has a window, and with one more fake, gravity does its job and the body sinks.

    Another of the important point is that, when the arms are more open, the jump is less natural, and there is no control of the jump from a lateral position upwards