Powerful Goalkeeping Tips For The 6-a-Side Goalkeeper…
September 13, 2007
Small things pack a punch, kind of like a tiny Jorge Campos in-between the sticks. If old Jorge was still plying his goalkeeping trade and was placed in the 6-a-Side goal-mouth, then I assume that a giant chaos would ensue. I’ve played one game of 6-a-side thus far and it is a revelation that I had not payed attention to it for quite some time. Following are some of the things I’ve learned from 6-a-side:
When It Comes To Small Things, Big Is Everything: It sucks to see goalkeepers being…well, typical goalkeepers when it comes to 6-a-side. Getting large in goal, acting as an integral part of the defensive unit by contibuting to offensive play ultimately allows a 6-a-side goalkeeper to be more effective in goals. What I mean here, is that the goalkeeper is being large, playing off his line at all times.
Get Used To Your Feet: 6-a-side goalkeepers should be able to use their feet effectively. In fact, being able to distribute the ball effectively from the ground is vital with 6-a-side goalkeeping. This same vital skill with the feet also transitions to larger football fields, where getting a feel for the ball and how to distribute directly to your outfield players is essential. Having the ability for one-touch plays (which are part and parcel of effective 6-a-side football) will also enhance your ability to distribute the ball effectively.
Get To Know “Other” Parts Of Your Body: Another great aspect of 6-a-side goalkeeping is the need to get creative with the way you attack and distribute the ball. Sometimes you will need to trap the ball with your chest, or head out a ball in a one to one situation. One other important aspect is attacking the ball when the ball is at the players feet. 6-a-side goalkeeping will allow any goalkeeper to be more aggressive, as the pace of the game is dynamic.
6-a-side goalkeeping is great for enhancing goalkeeper fitness, it’s truly pure interval training as the pace is relentless and the time a game pans out for is short with the activity being intense. So, don’t let yourself get chubby in the off season, utilize 6-a-side to enhance your goalkeeping skills and push your overall fitness to new heights.