The guidelines above apply to the
goalie as well – but much more so.
The goalie has to be the player in
charge in and around the penalty area. In fact, the goalie should
specifically become the team captain in a few core situations:
corners, where the goalie both organizes the defense and takes charge
of managing the cross as it comes in. The goalie should make it a habit
to call for every ball that comes into the box, whether or not he plans to
get it. A call of “yours” can be just as helpful as “mine” or
at close in free
kicks, where the goalie must position the wall (see
defending close in free kicks)
when the defense
is running back towards goal, as only the goalie has a good view of
what is going on across the whole field.
In particular, he
needs to organize the defense to deal with threats from a runner to
the far post where the rest of the defense may not be looking.
when he comes
for a through ball. Goalies increasingly play with their feet outside
the box, and they need to let the defense know what they are doing in
these difficult moments.