Goalkeeper Protection

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  1. Chicharito352

    Chicharito352 Member

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    I was playing as a goalkeeper and I need some tips for protections.

    Last time I was playing I got hit two times in my crotch. And like any guy would know it hurts ALOT! Is there any special position to assume when on one ones or close range shots? Or should I buy some sort of cup?

    Also I need some help diving especially for penalties. I seen some land onther forearms is that good?


  2. elessar78

    elessar78 Moderator Staff Member

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    Well first, don't flatter yourself. No one is THAT accurate. ;).

    No you want to stretch and disperse the impact over as much surface as possible. The forearms are connected to the elbow and shoulder which are weak points during a dive so you can get injured.

    Because I train keepers I've asked what the hardest shots are to stop and react to. Most say right at head and right at the crotch are hard to get your hands in front of. Mainly because you're prepared to go to the sides to make a save.

    I'm going to assume that you weren't in good goalkeeping position when you got hit in the crotch: on your toes, crouched, knees bent, torso forward, hands in front of you? It makes the crotch area a very hard target to hit.
  3. Chicharito352

    Chicharito352 Member

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    More tips on diving would be apreciated.

    Well the winger played a wall pass leaving him on a tight angled 1v1 with me. I always thought you should have your hands low by your sides.

    The other time a pass was controlled inside the aread and toe poked toward me so it kinda dipped I hit it with my fore arm and between my thigh and crotch and it still hurt

    So how exactly should you put your hands infront of you? Palm up, palm down?
  4. nicklaino

    nicklaino Member

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    1. Use some kind of crash pads at practice to land on will help for starters. Gradually decrease the thickness and cushioning as the keeper improves. If you don't have access to mats or pads, try finding a sandpit or sandbox. The sand might be a bit softer and less "scary" than grass.

    2. Have the keeper wear full long-sleeve shirt and long pants at every practice. The extra protection gives a sense of security, and it helps not to have to worry about getting scrapes on every dive.

    3. Use an object to dive over. This will help reinforce correct technique, since the feet will have to clear the object without touching it. Of course, use something soft or that won't injure the keeper. I like to use a 5-foot length of 1-inch PVC pipe that is held by another person, who can let go if the keeper touches it (kinda like a high-jump bar).

    Then, start with the obstacle very low -- as low as 6-8 inches off the ground. Raise the height very gradually as the keeper progresses.

    4. Coach that the focus must be on the ball! If the keeper makes a good catch, they can use the ball to cushion themselves (ball should always go to ground first). The landing will then be much easier. I always tell my keepers: "Focus on the ball and make a good catch first. Don't worry about the landing -- you will land... I guarantee it!"

    Don't expect it to come all at once. If your have good form from a sitting or squatting stance, it's a good start. Take the rest of it slowly.


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    At a goalkeeper clinic put on by the coach of Trenton State College he executed many drills with the goal keepers. One of which was having the keeper stand in the middle of the goal with a player on each side down on all fours. The ball would then be kicked or thrown at corners of goal and the keeper would need to leap over the kneeling player and stretch for the ball. This was practiced on a tumble mat. The other drill was to have the keeper tag each goal post as fast as the could. As soon as one post was tagged and the keeper turned the ball was kicked to the opposite post the keeper would have to move fast or dive to keep the ball out. Either way they to extend quickly.
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    On the other question wear a hard cup

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    When you have to push off and jump for a high ball in a crowd of attackers. You push off and get your knee/leg up but immediately turn your knee across your body to protect your front, and it will not be considered as a weapon to hurt your opponents. Leave the kneep out it is illegal. So move it across the body and your protected.


  5. elessar78

    elessar78 Moderator Staff Member

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    I'd explain, but this site has probably all your questions for this one: http://www.jbgoalkeeping.com/dive.html

    it'll take me paragraphs what one picture could do. It's a great site for gks
  6. Chicharito352

    Chicharito352 Member

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    Thanks for the help

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