The strafbal (or penalty flick) is one of the hardest parts of the game for the ‘keeper. Pitting the goalkeeper against the attacker in a duel to see who is the best, it is a difficult situation to deal with. The odds are stacked against them and observers will be surprised if the save is made. Here, the mental game is ever important, as the goalkeeper must believe that they will succeed.
The mental game
Like most saves, the mental game is so important, if not essential to be making the save. Even though the goalkeeper knows that they don’t have much of a chance, they need to be in a position where they think they are unbeatable and can easily make the save, so that they do stop the strafbal. If you doubt your ability to make the save, then you will not do well in your attempts to defend the flick.
Nothing to lose
When facing a strafbal, it is important to remember that there is nothing to lose: you are up against it, but if you make the save then you will have done better than expected. It is not up to you , so you don’t need to worry about succeeding. That said, you still need to try your hardest! If it was a teammate’s fault for the strafbal (i.e. obstruction/them getting their foot in the way), then you do not have to accept responsibility for the goal (IF it is scored!). Since there is little chance of making the save anyway, you have nothing to lose, so go out there and try to stop it with all your might!
To succeed, the goalkeeper needs to be calm and confident. They need to relax and not get worked up about stopping the ball. If they are nervous about it and worried (shaking with nerves), then they are likely to not do as well. Instead, the goalkeeper should work on calming down and relaxing. Breathing slowly; taking deep breathes in and out will help calm yourself down, so that you are ready to make the save. Try to put doubt and bad thoughts out of your mind; focus instead on making the save and eliminate all other factors that will put you off.
You need to be confident before you face the shot. You really need to have self belief and really believe that you can stop the ball and make the save. Believe you can make the save and you will; it’s that simple. Worry about making the stop and you will fail! The goalkeeper should try to put bad thoughts of failure out of their mind and do their best; that is all that can be asked of them by their team.
Intimidating your opponent
A lot of goalkeepers like to intimidate and aggravate the opponent before they take the flick. Most of the time goalkeepers will bang their stick against the posts or crossbar, and possibly their pads, aggressively to annoy and upset the strafbal taker. Vogels for example often takes his helmet and gloves off, shakes his opponent’s hand, says “good luck” and then gets padded up and goals back into goal, ready to face the flick. Things like this help to ‘get into the flick taker’s head’; they put the flick taker off their shot and make them nervous about the scoring chance. If you are successful, then the flick will miss the goal, or it will be a weak attempt and will be an easy save.
Furthermore, there are other ways the goalkeeper can play with the strafbal taker’s mind. Some goalkeepers like to dance around on the spot, looking big and spreading out so they cover as much of goal as possible, trying to make the goal look smaller and give away less shooting space. There are also other ways to psychologically play with the opponent, which soccer goalkeepers often use.
‘Dummy’: the goalkeeper tries to ‘dummy’ the shooter – as the player goes to take the flick, the goalkeeper feints a move in the other direction; the shooter therefore thinks the keeper is going that way and shoots it right at the ‘keeper.
Standing to one side: the goalkeeper stands to one side of the goal (left or right, generally the left as the goalkeeper’s strong side is his right) – the goalkeeper encourages the shooter to go for the open space, gambling to move across to cover the bigger gap.
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