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Tips for goalkeepers from professional goalies

by Pablo M10th May 2019

The goalkeeping role requires a set of very specialised skills. In this post, we’ve selected videos with the best tips for goalkeepers from professional goalies.

Good goalies are scarce. Anyone that put a team together knows it. The role requires not only to have good reflexes and technique, but also a very strong mind and a good understanding of the game. When a striker misses a goal, it’s often not a big deal, they’ll have another chance. If a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it often costs their team a game. Furthermore, in tight games, a good goalkeeper can be the difference between winning or losing a game.

The following videos are a selection of tips from professional goalkeepers.

Petr Čech – Going back to basics

Petr Čech is a goalkeeping legend. He played for the Czech Republic national football team and European teams such as Chelsea and Arsenal. In this video, Petr runs through hints and tips on how to improve your handling, positioning and footwork.

Fraser Forster – Five pro tips

Fraser Forster is an English professional goalkeeper who has played for various English Premier League and Scottish clubs including Southampton and Celtic. He played for the English national team from 2013 to 2016. In this video, he covers: how to punch the ball; catching the ball; dealing with a1v1; saving a penalty; and distributing the ball.

Manuel Neuer – How to save a penalty

Manuel Peter Neuer is a German professional goalkeeper that has played for Bundesliga clubs and the Germany national team. He is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in history. Manuel is one of the goalkeepers with most penalty saves ever, in this video he showcases how he is being so successful at it.

Tim Howard – Must-have attributes

Timothy Howard is an American professional goalkeeper. He has played for Major League Soccer and English Premier League clubs as well as the United States national team. Howard is considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers in American football history. Tim highlights 6 attributes a goalkeeper needs: mentality, athleticism, focus, presence, patience and leadership. Watch the video for his view on each of these concepts.

Kasper Schmeichel – The goalkeeper mind

Kasper Schmeichel is the son of the great Peter Schmeichel. He is a Danish professional goalkeeper that has played for English Premier League clubs and the Denmark national team. Kasper was the first goalkeeper for Leicester City in their fairy-tale-like campaign that led them to win the English Premiership League in 2016. He simply relaxes before every game, with no distractions, and to achieve that he is the first to arrive at the dressing room. Listen to how he prepares for the game in this video.

Peter Schmeichel – How to be a world-class keeper

Peter Schmeichel is another legend of world football. He is best remembered for his most successful years at English club Manchester United, whom he captained to victory in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final to complete the Treble, and for winning UEFA Euro 1992 with Denmark. Watch this Q&A session in where he covers a variety of topics ranging from distribution to concentration and getting over your mistakes during a game.