Goalkeepers face all kinds of shots, being able to deal with the dangers depends on
our handling and ability to hold or parry the ball away from incoming players.
Below is ways to deal with different types of shots.
Dealing with high body shots
The hands should come around the ball with the thumbs
going behind forming a 'W' shape. Remember the
elbows should be bent to take and force away from
Dealing with mid body shots (picture 1)
Our starting position still remains the same but this
time the ball should be allowed to impact the stomach
with the arms and hands coming over the ball to
secure it and prevent any spillage or droppping the ball.
Dealing with low body shots
There are two methods goalkeepers use and
depending on ability and confidence depends which one is right for you.
Our knees should be bent down, while the hands should get behind the ball.
It is important at all times the body is behind the ball and the gap between the legs is
restricted to prevent the ball slipping through.
Correct way picture 2/Incorrect way picture 3
Method 2: (picture 4 + 5)
Advanced or pro goalkeepers may try this method.
Push your body weight forward as the ball approaches
and scoop the ball and follow through to the ground.
A fluid technique but if not carried out correctly the ball
could go straight through your body/legs into the goal.
Correct way picture 4 followed through to picture 5