The Evolution of Goalkeeping

At SAS Academy we support pupils so they develop their athletic abilities as well as their social skills. We cover an array of sports but specialise in football. Our excellent coaches have helped us build a great reputation. As a result we are now one of the top providers of goalkeeper training and football development in Croydon and beyond. We also keep on top of things like the evolution of goalkeeping to make sure our programmes give students the most up to date skills.

How has goalkeeping changed?

Today’s goalkeepers are far different to what you would have seen in the early 90s and before that. The first big change was in 1992 when the back-pass rule came into force. This forbade goalkeepers from picking up the ball in their box if a team mate deliberately passed it back to them. The law was extended in 1997 to forbid a goalkeeper from picking up the ball if it went directly to them from a throw in.

Before the back-pass rules came into force goalkeepers tended to receive the ball and kick long up the pitch. However there were concerns it made the game very dull. The loudest calls for change came after the 1990 World Cup because of the amount of time wasting in games.

The change signalled the start of the evolution of goalkeeping. Today their role is much broader than simple shot stopping and long kicks. Now the best goalkeepers in the world can play with the ball at their feet. They have better positional sense, distribution abilities, and sweep up behind the defensive line.

Goalkeepers are also far fitter because they no longer spend most of games standing static. Instead they are often on the move looking to account for runs, make sure they are available to receive passes, and ready to get the ball moving forward.

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If you want to develop your skills in goal SAS Academy has a development centre. Have a look on our website to learn more or contact us.