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Goalkeeper priority? Defend/go with opposing shooter OR watch the ball for an intercept?

Should a goalkeeper, slow on her feet and reaction time, focus on defending her opposing shooter or watch the ball for an intercept.  She is having difficulty doing both at the same time. She is playing in a 9A competition and is playing goalkeeper mainly due to her size?  Any advice would be appreciated.  Thank you.

Hi Anne, in this instance i would say to my GK to protect the area closest to the goal post OR let the GS run out of the circle to get the pass, and it would then be the GK's job to either force her to shoot from further out, she should even try to keep her GS out of the ring completely, not sure if you are saying she is tall, or a larger girl, but either way, she should zone her to force her to not get much of the ball. Larger GK's are normally very good at this. Hope it helps a little. Karen

So true Karen, i would also get the GK to adopt the stance of holding the GS high in the circle to make shooting more difficult at a distance.

I would also agree with the others. Her skills are about protecting the post and using her body to hold the defence out. It would be important for her to give space between herself and the player as she may be pinged for contact more frequently. Show her how to defend the goal with her back to the player pushing her out to the side of the circle.

Thank you Karen, Will and Sonia for your advice. Sonia would you please be able to help me by describing the technique you mention, ie 'defending the goal with her back to the player pushing her out to the side of the circle'. I may be teaching this already but am not sure. Also, to defend the post. should the GK be standing behind the shooter to try and push her out or in front of the shooter. If the GK stands in front, the GS just moves back under the posts. Thank you once again.

Hi Anne What I mean is for the GK to constantly move around the GS and not set up in any specific position but to move around the player. Think about the goal post as a "barrier" and the GK job is to make it as hard as possible for the GS to get close to the post. When the GS is towards the outer part of the circle, the GK job is to position self at side and push to outside back line or towards the outer part of the circle or position back to players back so that the circle is open to the GK and not the GS. I hope this explains my technique a little more!

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