The goalkeeper is undoubtably the most important and unique player on the soccer field. Besides being the only player legally able to use his hands on the field, the goalkeeper is straddled with the responsibility to save his team from the jaws of defeat or keep his team on the road to victory.
As a goalkeeper, one must be able to catch or block all shots directed at one's goal. Besides being the last line of defense, a keeper is also responsible for starting your team's attack by distributing the ball accurately. The goalkeeper position is a demanding one, both physically and mentally.
Goalkeeping skills you can pick up from SGO include the basic stance, methods of receiving high, low, and middle shots, how to dive well, and how to distribute the ball.
The basic goalkeeping stance is assumed when an opponent has the ball within shooting range. This position allows easy movement in all directions.
Square your shoulders to the ball, with feet spread shoulder width apart. Your head and upper body must remain straight and knees slightly flexed. Body weight should be centred on the balls of your feet, with heels slightly above the ground. Position your hips and behind as if you were sitting on a medium-height bar stool. Hold hands at about waist level, with palms forward and fingers pointing upwards. Keep your head steady and focus on the ball.
After a save is made, play has to resume, and this is done by the goalkeeper passing the ball out. When the intended target is less than 15 metres away, you may want to roll the ball to him or her. This is just like bowling; keep the ball on the floor. Throwing the ball is another option. Throws can be classified into two main types, the "baseball throw" and the "javelin throw", both of which resemble their namesakes. The javelin throw is naturally more powerful as it involves the entire throwing arm rather than only the hand. Of course, the most powerful way, though not always the most accurate, is to kick the ball upfield. The full volley punt and the drop kick are two of the common methods used by keepers around the world. Both are about the same; you chuck the ball into the air and volley it upfield. Only difference is, with the full volley punt, a full volley is used, while with the drop kick, it is a half volley. The drop kick is preferably used on windy days.
One of the most acrobatic and exciting moments in soccer is when a goalkeeper dives across goal to deny the opposing team their point.