Winning the 1 v 1 breakaway confrontation
Distributions – Roll, overhand throw, baseball throw, drop kicks, punts and goal kicks.
Goalkeeping tactics encompass organization of the defense, positioning excellence, astute decision making concerning when and how to play the ball and distribution. Proper positioning along the ball line / angle arc is imperative to optimizing the GK’s technical skills in regaining possession of the ball for his team. Reading the cues the game provides to know when to come off the ball line / angle arc positioning is just as important as knowing when to challenge on a breakaway. Recognizing that “taking away” angles is possible on every shot and knowing when and how to execute this strategy can be the difference between a save or a goal. And if the GKer is the last defender, then he is also the first attacker making distributions vitally important to maintaining possession and dictating the tempo of the attack.
Positional play in anticipation of various crosses including corners and cut backs
Positional play on IFK’s and DFK’s including penalty kicks.
Decision-making as the first attacker
Knowledge of the game in general and his teams defense in particular
Attitude and Motivation
Ability to concentrate and stay focused.
Assertiveness and Aggressiveness – and knowing the difference between the two
Self-confidence and the ability to convey to and instill it in his teammates
Knowledge and vision – knowing your teams defense, the opponent, being able to read the game
A goalkeeper’s on-field confidence and “presence” is based in part on their agility, power, quickness, size, speed and strength.
Agility and Mobility
Speed in thought, action and reaction
Stamina to play at peak performance when under pressure
Physical fitness and associated mental toughness