Itís surprising how many goalies
think theyíve done their job when they have the ball in their hands. In
fact, itís just started.
A good goalie can distribute the
ball to help his team in many ways.
a quick roll out
can put a defender on the ball in plenty of space, assuring possession.
Can be an important part of
short ball transition at the back. Remember to ROLL the ball;
don't bounce it to a defender and put them under pressure
a quick kick
can reach a midfielder or even a striker in space
a long punt can get behind the defense, and can be
part of a
long ball strategy
switch the ball by quickly moving
all the way across the penalty box and releasing the ball rapidly (note
also that goal kicks can be taken from anywhere in the 6 yard box Ė they
do not have to be taken from the side where the ball went out).
Slow the tempo. If your team is
under pressure, make sure you hold onto the ball for a while. Give your
defense a breather. Hold the ball for several extra seconds. Walk slowly
to the top of the box before releasing it. Consdier punting it far out of
play if necessary.
Use your feet.
Be available to your defenders as an extra man, to take the pressure off
the man with the ball.
If you have confidence in your foot
skills, you can put the ball on the ground and require an attacker to come
get you. That will leave at least one defender open for a simple pass.