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  1. Hey guys, I have a concern about my goalkeeping. Now last year I was a fearless little man and i would go into 1 on 1's winning the battle 80% of the time, would not hesitate to dive for a ball and would basically do all I could to keep the ball out of the net. However early this year during a match, there was a breakaway and I was 1 on 1 with the attacker. So the same as always, I rushed out to meet him. I ended up with his boots sliding full force in to my chest and I was badly wounded. Afterwards I found out I had a fractured rib and had to rest for a few weeks. When I made my return, I found a slight decline in skill. Now I am fearful of meeting an attacker in an 1 on 1 situation and seem to have lost my dynamism. What can I do to return to being the keeper I was before?
  2. Handling technique

    Oh really? I wasn't aware, I thought it was a correct technique as I have seen professional keepers use it haha. And I do know what you mean when you say im spilling the ball and reacting to the drop because I used to do that. But now instead of trying to catch it in the first place I hit it down to catch it on the bounce. I still do catch the ones which do not have much power. Yes I am also aware of the risks. To answer your question I feel more comfortable hitting the ball to the ground and catching it on the bounce because I have no confidence in my small hands. I used to and still do practice my 'W' catches but I always spill the ball when faced with pressure. I've also let in a soft goal which I could have just parried away but I tried to catch it with soft hands and the ball just went through my hands and into the goal.
  3. When a ball is shot at me with decent power, instead of catching the ball straight on, I hit the ball down to the ground and catch it on the bounce. I find this technique is really useful and if mastered can be a real asset. Does anyone else use this technique?
  4. To train my handling I usually kick a ball against a wall and catch it on the rebound. I've found that my handling has shown significant improvement but the problem I find is when im under pressure in a real game, I tend to fumble a catch which I would've held onto when I'm practising by myself. My hands are also pretty small so that makes it more difficult for me to hang onto shots. Without gloves I can barely catch due to my small hands. What can I do to improve my handling even further and prevent myself from fumbling under pressure?
  5. Handling

    To train my handling I usually kick a ball against a wall and catch it on the rebound. I've found that my handling has shown significant improvement but the problem I find is when im under pressure in a real game, I tend to fumble a catch which I would've held onto when I'm practising by myself. My hands are also pretty small so that makes it more difficult for me to hang onto shots. Without gloves I can barely catch due to my small hands. What can I do to improve my handling even further and prevent myself from fumbling under pressure?
  6. I'm just curious to see how long you guys have been a goalkeeper for and at what age did you start keeping? I'm 15 years old and started keeping 3 years ago when i was 12. What about you guys?
  7. For goalkeeping drills, on average how many reps should I be doing? I know it depends on the actual drill but I reckon 20 is a good number for most drills. What do you guys think?
  8. As a keeper, I've always trained by myself or sometimes with friends. I have shown improvement. But I was wondering if I should try attend a goalkeeping academy. Would it help me more? Is it worth it? What's your opinion?
  9. I'm basically in the same situation as you. 2 keepers, 1 team. I have the disadvantage as the other keeper is more well-known than me. My advice to you is to keep a positive mind-set and take every opportunity you get to show that you are the better keeper. I have been competing with my rival for two years now and some people have changed their minds to believe I am the superior keeper. Practice, practice, practice! Work on your weaknesses to become the better whole packaged keeper. One who is strong in all areas. Also keep in mind, a goalkeeper who makes amazing saves is not necessarily the better goalkeeper. A great keeper is one who is rarely seen making spectacular saves due to his/her great positioning, fast footwork, etc. I hope I helped and I wish you the best of luck!
  10. how tall are you guys?

    I'm 14 and 5'6
  11. Goalkick

    Thanks for your input everyone! I shall take everyone's advice into account when practising my goalkicks :)
  12. Goalkick

    As a keeper, I have trouble taking goalkicks. My goalkicks have no height therefore doesn't go far before an attacker from the other team intercepts it. Since my goalkicks are rubbish, my defender takes them. However I want to be able to take my own goalkicks. I have watched videos, read instructions and practiced the technique to taking a good goalkick but I am still unable to lift the ball into the air. Please help me!
  13. Having safe hands

    Thanks guys! How about the basket or chest catch? 'Cause i fumble less when using this type of catching.
  14. Hey fellow keepers. This is my first post on GoalkeeperTalk. I am a 14 year old goalkeeper who has decent shot stopping abilities. But the problem I find is I tend to fumble a lot of saves which I should have held on too. I use the W catch. I know catching is a critical skill which all good goalkeepers must be able to do and I desperately want to improve my catching ability as it hurts my confidence. I do catch some balls but I am not a consistent catcher. I have small hands for a goalkeeper, does that affect my catching ability? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all!
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