Tuesday, August 7, 2012

11th Field Player

As the game continues to evolve, the goalkeeper position has become more complex and demanding. In the past, goalkeepers were often just shot-stoppers who defended the goal and didn't take an active role in the attacking side.Today's top goalkeepers need to be incredibly competent with their feet and are sometimes though of as the "11th field player" or a "soccer player that can use her hands." The attached article is an in depth look at the role goalkeepers can play in maintaining possession for their team. I encourage you to read it and think of the role your keeper currently plays. Does he or she have the mental and physical attributes necessary to be a consistent part of the attack? If not how can you help develop them?


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