Goalkeeping communication flowchart

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Goalkeeping communication flowchart

Goalkeepers are constantly being told to “Communicate” or “Talk” to the players but what do you say? 

I have come to the conclusion that a goalkeeper does not talk for one of three reasons. 

  1. Lack of confidence in their ability
  2. Wanting peer acceptance and not wanting to upset players by yelling at them
  3. Not knowing what to say and when to say it.

For the sake of this article, I will be concentrating on a small part of the third reason goalkeepers do not talk – Not knowing what to say and when to say it.

There are plenty of times in which a goalkeeper needs to communicate. They are;

  • When the ball is behind the defense
  • When the defender is 1v1 with the attacker
  • Free kicks
  • Corners and long throws
  • Balls out wide
  • When distributing
  • When the team needs leadership

See below for the four stages of communication when the defender is 1v1 with the striker.

I created this flowchart to help goalkeepers to have a systematic approach to their communication.


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See also another post on communication and goalkeeping volcabluary 

The power of good communication



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