Goalkeeping Tips to stay on top of your game

To all goalkeepers
Thank you for choosing this extremely demanding and enjoying position.
As you know the position of goalkeeper is unique and it requires not only physical and technical ability, but also enormous mental strength and character.
Here are some Tips that will keep you on the right track with your further development.

Training and game preparation

[ultimate_icon_list icon_size=”20″ icon_margin=”10″][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check”]If you train hard and 100%, you will take it on to the game[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check”]football is fun, if you’ll enjoy playing, the responsibilities will come naturally[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check”]watch football games whenever you can, watch what the best keepers do and try to copy that in training[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check”]if your game is in the afternoon or evening, start the day with light exercise (go for sharp walk, stretch or swim), you need to start your nervous system so you don’t feel sluggish[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check”]visualise what you will do in the game ( make the great save), these thinks will make you pumped and motivated[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check”]be your harshest critic but don’t beat yourself up for a mistake, learn from it quickly, stay positive and move on, there will be plenty of chances to redeem yourself[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check”]never go quite after a mistake[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check”]don’t forget, the confidence of your team comes from you, talk throughout the game( no cheerleading), quick and spot on calls ( men on , mark up, switch, keeper, away, move up etc.), if you?ll talk too much and nonsense, they will stop listen to you[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check”]be a good example on and off the pitch[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check”]listen to your coach and teammates[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check”]stay calm and focused at all times[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check”]don’t worry about things you cannot change ( weather, surface, referee), the only thing you should focus is your performance[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check”]expect the unexpected, that will make you ready for anything[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check”]thank your parents ,without their support you would make it nowhere[/ultimate_icon_list_item][/ultimate_icon_list]

They say you're not tall enough?

To be honest, being tall and having the right size will make your life as a keeper much easier, but it is not everything.
There are keepers who may not have the size, but they possess very good athleticism and are able to read the game in the way that puts them in position to make the save. They are very explosive, incredible quick, and extremely intelligent. They know that they are not going to come out for certain balls, so they organise their team to take that in to consideration. They make the right distribution choices (as in modern game, playing from the back and distributing is more than 65% of keepers play). These keepers can have great success at the game?s highest level despite being average height for the position.

At the end

They say keepers are crazy. It attracts the most competitive individuals because every goal scored against them is like personal battle lost. You know that moment when making that save, when hugging the ball, you?re hooked. So goalkeeping is not crazy, it?s unique, it?s infectious. Enjoy the position, catch every ball like it is you last and NEVER GIVE UP!!!

Thank you again

Petr Sestak
Credited Goalkeeper Coach