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What about being a goalkeeper?
The game begins. For 20 minutes he's struggling in the back looking for action, keeping the defenders in the right position, but never touching the ball.
Then, suddenly a cross arrives, it's windy, the sun is exactly in line with the ball, a couple of steps, jump.....................and the ball is in the net!
Wrong judgment and the game is gone.
Not everyone can be a goalkeeper and almost no one wants to be.
What a fascinating position.
When you play on the field, you're involved, you fight, you go back and forth, sometimes you make a mistake but usually it's not catastrophic. If you loose the ball, team mates can win it back or the opponents are not good enough to finalize the opportunity. At the end of the game, if your team wins, no one remembers the 4 or 5 missed goals because it's something that happens in every game.
This is true for everyone. Almost everyone.
When a goalie makes a mistake, the game could be gone.
I love coaching keepers.
Why? Because, very often it's an individual training and this leads to a strong relationship that's hard to establish with 15/20 players altogether.
You can see the result of your teaching, game after game, because the situations that happen can easily be simulated in practice for the goalies and the improvement is constant.
A keeper always has a fascinating personality. A calm person who doesn't talk too much. Often it's hard to get in tune, but once the ice is broken the relationship between coaches and goalies is very strong. That's why, sometimes, it doesn't work and it's better to switch the coaches.
But when it works, you can receive this kind of email:
12 Year Old Goalie
"Dear coach Gianni,
I wanted to let you know that I am having fun being keeper and it has become one of my favorite positions. Your training has helped me so much, and I have been taking on the responsibility of the cage quite well. On Thursday I had a soccer game against a school team in Marin, and I played well. I had a couple of punching saves and I even saved a penalty kick. Our team tied one of the best teams in the league. Without your training I wouldn't have lasted one minute as goalie. Thank you so much for helping me become a better soccer player." - M. H.
Thank you for everything. If it wasn’t for you I would not have been able to perform the way I did. You inspired me everyday and made me push myself harder than ever. Thank you so much for the time you took out of your schedule to come teach me.” - R. A.
Posted on 14 Jun 2005 by coachgianni