Goal Keeper Tips:

Be Loud

Make yourself as loud as possible. A lot of teams put a striker on the goalkeeper now, but if you’re shouting in his ear he won't want to be anywhere near you, which will give you extra space.

Take up the right possition

If it’s an inswinger stand a bit tighter to your line near the centre of the goal, so you can go either way. If it’s an outswinger you should be two-three yards off your line - this will give you more of a chance when coming to claim the ball.

Commanding the Defence

Make sure you bring back all your defenders early and get them organised so everyone knows what their job is and there’s no one left unmarked. Be loud and aggressive – make sure they hear you.

Make yourself  BIG

Put your arms up in the air and challenge the kicker to put the ball in your area. You’re like a lion in your cage and you’re saying to him, “Go on put it in there, it’s going to be mine.”

Give as good as you get

If someone is pushing you round, trying to unsettle you, give it to them back. You’ve got to make sure you don’t get pinned in. Use your voice, your size and your presence to let the opposition know you’re there. Your aggression has to be controlled because you don’t want to go too far and give away a penalty.

Master the Dark Arts

Treading on the toes of the opposition is one of many tactics used by goalkeepers to put them off. This will make them give you an extra yard or two – giving you a clear path to collect the ball.

Focus on the ball


You can only look at what’s around you for a certain amount of time, then you’ve got to concentrate on the ball. You can’t do the defender’s job for them. You can try and address it and be as loud as you can, but your main priority is the ball.

Don't Hesitate

Ideally you’d like to catch it, to take the pressure off, but if you’re coming for the ball and you’re committed and you have to punch it, then that’s what you do. Don’t get caught in two minds because you’ll end up doing nothing. Make your mind up early and stick to it.


In these situations you need to be ready to make either a save-tackle or a save. The key to both is to be big, brave and keep your eye on the ball. The striker will try to put you off balance, but keep focused on the ball and when you see an opportunity to strike, go for it. Otherwise, stay big and come out to narrow the angle when you know it’s just going to be you and him. As you narrow the angle, get lower and wider, and keep watching the ball: you always need to be ready for the shot.”


Every time you get the ball in your hands, sprint to the edge of the box and go from there. Take your time. First, you’ve got to find somebody who’s free so you don’t put your team on the back foot, and make eye contact with the player you’re aiming for. You want to get the ball wide and into space for quick attackers and if you’ve big, strong strikers, you want to be hitting them so they can bring the ball down and play. To improve your kicking, take a touch – but only if you have time – and practise with both feet.” 


Sometimes you’ve got no time – you’ve just got to keep the ball out of the net – but other times you need to be aware of your position in the goal to make the save. You also need to be aware of what’s around you to determine whether you need to just keep the ball out or strategically push it somewhere. If the shot is low, go with your lower arm; if it’s heading for the top corner, you may need to use your top hand. The key is to try and be ‘set’ when the player is striking the ball.”


First, be confident: convince yourself that you know from the penalty taker’s body language exactly where he’s going to put it, and present that image that you know. I want to make them have second thoughts about where they’re going to put it. I don’t like to move on my line – I like to be set and ready to move where I’ve decided they’re going to put it – but I might throw in a quick shoulder movement. Angle to go one way and go the other or make it look like you’re going early one way then quickly move back the other.”


Keep your eye on the ball at all times – you have to be ready for anything. Line the wall up with the second man from the end in a line with the near post and the ball. I like to be three or four yards off my line and light on my toes, with my knees slightly bent so I’m ready to spring, but staying as big as possible at the same time. Know where you are in the goal before the shot is taken, and stay still for as long as possible in case the ball changes direction or takes a deflection.”

Community Web Kit provided free by BT