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The importance of placing and positioning in the football goalkeeper

The soccer goalkeeper is that field player who is asked to play with his feet and hands. But mostly play with the head from knowledge and interpretation. That is why today we talk about positioning and placing. Two tactical aspects of the game that every coach of goalkeepers should have very present in their workouts.

In many of our articles, we have talked about the positioning, the placement, its importance in today’s football and even more in a position as specific as the goal. Today, we will analyse some game situations through images with the aim of establishing and consolidating some of these concepts with greater clarity.


We will classify this first situation as a close shot. In it, we can see how Bravo hold his positioning and barely corrects his placement after the opponent’s dribbling. What allows him to grope the ball in a perfect technical response and of course tactical. Taking this decision, we believe that body order and the guarantees of success increase considerably.

Where is the success or what moment makes the difference?

In our point of view, the success is in discriminating perfectly the shooting situation and not 1 × 1. We say 1 × 1 because many goalkeepers after the opponent trimming and surpassing the partner, decide to perform a reduction of angles by playing what becomes a 1 × 1


How many and how many times have we seen this situation or similar but with not so good end? And we do not talk about the volley which the counter is started with… But when he catches that ball that seems so simple.

And is that many of the goalkeepers, lose the reference and relocate goal in deliveries like this. The common mistake? Do not dominate space time. The reason or the cause? Follow the ball without paying attention to other stimuli as important as the possibilities of play, the situation of teammates and opponents.

On this occasion, Bravo does not lose a single second the reference. Surely, he decides to stay in goal and give priority to body order and pause as he interprets that he is not capable of intervening in the air balloon.


Temperance is one of those “invisible” values ​​that every goalkeeper coach values. And we qualify it as invisible because it is not executed as a technical action but if it is seen, if it is projected… And temperance in this case, is what Bravo has had.

An adjusted result to a few minutes of the end of the match, a broken round-trip match … These are some of the circumstances that can cause the goalkeeper to constantly lose positioning and placement in goal.

On this occasion, we observe how despite the fact that Claudio’s team loses the ball and a very fast transition occurs, it does not lose its location and is correctly referenced. Holding the opponent’s shot. Once again, it gives priority to body order and thanks to its positioning (height) and placing (bisector) the necessary time is generated to be able to intervene correctly and not let a second action that the rival could take advantage of.

Positioning, placement, temperance, body order, endurance, distance, time … All these terms which the goalkeeper and the archer coach should be familiarized with. At the end of the day, as we have said in previous articles, soccer has a very wide situational variability as a collaborative sport – opposition that is. And we do not have much less the absolute truth. Only from humility we argue our criteria in order to help.

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