5 Ways a Defender Can Help Their Goalkeeper During a Game
A goalkeeper is the anchor of the defensive line. They are the last hope in preventing the opponent from scoring.
Defenders do a lot of work during the game to make their keeper’s lives easier.
Here are five ways a defender can help out their goalkeeper:
1. Preventing easy shots
Typically it’s not possible to prevent the other team from getting any shots off during the game.
As a defender, if you can do everything in your power to limit the amount of quality shots the opponent takes it will benefit your keeper and your team greatly.
Don’t allow opposition to dribble into or get played into the 18-yard box – the further away you can keep the opposition from the goal, the better.
2. Not allowing crosses
Preventing crosses will decrease the chances the opposition gets the put the ball in the back of your net. It doesn’t let them center the ball in front of the goal.
Keep your opponents out wide all day and they won’t be able to score.
3. Beating the opposition to the ball
Occasionally during the course of a game, the opponent will get a cross off or earn a corner kick. You have to be first to the ball.
Don’t even give the opposition a chance to play with the ball inside the 18-yard box, beat them to it every time you have the opportunity to.
4. Being an outlet
It’s extremely important for a defender to always be an option in case your keeper needs to play the ball to you. Be available and if you aren’t, move to space where you can get the ball. The less time the keeper has the ball around the goal, the less of a chance it ends up in the back of the net.
As soon as your keeper gets the ball, open up wide to the sideline so they can play you quickly. This will hopefully give your team a chance to counterattack.
When your keeper gets the ball, getting open for them is important, but you have to let them know where you are and where you want them to play you the ball.
Ask for the ball, tell them when they can set it down to play it with their feet, and ask them who they want you marking for set plays.
Communicating with your keeper is a vital part of making sure the whole defensive unit succeeds.