My daughter, CC, is particularly good at this. During the Final Four game of the Ohio State cup, CC made a great save and I caught it with my Nikon (below). The pictures prompted me to research and write this post about the 1V1 situation.
Top 15 things soccer goalies need to remember in a 1V1 situation
|Read the situation - attacker breaking through|
- The shooter has the advantage over you.
- You need to leave the goal line.
- If you sit back and wait, the striker will have the luxury of choosing the optimum time to shoot.
- Conversely, if you come out aggressively, the shooter will be forced to shoot under duress. This makes mistakes more likely.
- If the you sit back and wait, the striker will have more goal area to shoot at.
- Converstly, if you come out aggressively, you will cut down the angle and reduce the amount of exposed goal area.
- Once you leave the goal line there is no going back - you need to be decisive.
- You have one chance to secure or clear the ball.
- Many attackers like to dribble around the attacking goalie - come out aggressively but under control.
- Yell Keeper! Keeper! Keeper! Be confident and loud.
- As you aggressively attack the ball, watch the ball and keep hands low and wide.
- If you get in close range to the attacker, slide with arms stretched wide
- Be fast - speed intimidates
- Be confident in your decisions
- Be brave
|When you decide to come out, do it aggressively|
|Cut down the angle - Yell - Keeper!|
|As the shooter plants foot to shoot - get in a ready position hands wide|
|Be brave and knock down the ball any way you can|
|Find the ball|
|Cover the ball up - Great save|
|CC's Cousin - comes out aggressively but under control|
|Slides arms stretched|
|Slides arms stretched wide|
The Main Point
If you are going to be successful as a goalie, you will need to be brave, decisive, confident and quick. And your dad and mom need to leave their nerves at home.