Lessons Learned: The difference in how a goalkeeper acts is dependent on the team you play in

A sunny Saturday afternoon in Scotland to watch my nephew’s team play a local friendly to hopefully see him score a goal or two ended up with me watching two different games of goalkeeping.

My nephews senior team were run ragged losing 15-0, with one Goalkeeper extremely busy and one called into action only about 3 times during the 90 minutes… Such a contrast in Goalkeeping reminded me of my daughters experiences as a Goalkeeper, previously playing as a Goalkeeper with little action to move to her new team to being run ragged like my nephew’s team…

At 10-0 down his Goalkeeper started to get despondent… Leaning on the goalpost… Showing clearly that he’d had enough. I would say that he was probably at fault for a third of the goals.

At 12-0 I saw him holding his head in his hands on the floor… Where as his opposite number looked on with his hands on hips, looking a little bored.

Lessons learned:
So would you rather have all the action and potentially concede a lot of goals so you get more chance to develop or no action and get bored?

The main reason the action was at this goal and why the score line was so big, in my opinion, was not all down to the Goalkeeper… Yes, he was at fault for some of the goals but mistakes do happen and if there wasn’t such a barrage of shots on goal maybe the mistakes would have been fewer… No, in this match the main reasons for this huge score line was down to tactics and formation.

Lessons learned:
Basically the point I was making with this article to young aspiring Goalkeepers is that Goalkeepers can have it tough, not just at Junior level, but Senior level too; and Goalkeepers should not feel that such a big score line is down to them. So do not beat yourself up or get so despondent (like the Goalkeeper mentioned here), as there are other factors to conceding goals not just your ability! So keep on trying and keep on goalkeeping 😉

Posted on Mon 06 August 2012, in Performance Analysis, Psychology and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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