As a goalkeeper you can feel very isolated, during large portions of a match goalkeepers can have little to no involvement. It's important to block out any distractions and stay focused because you can be called upon to produce a vital save.
It’s a common misunderstanding that goalkeepers only need to pay attention when the ball is in and around their area. Keepers actually need to be fully aware of their surroundings, in relation to where the ball is positioned on the field, at all times. Correct body positioning helps organize his/her defense and alters attacking players’ decisions when shooting, crossing, making through balls.
Goalkeepers must have great ball handling skills. Today's soccer balls are designed to move faster and change direction in mid-flight. At every level, a large percentage of goals are scored when keepers mis-handle the ball from shots and crosses.
The demand for more goals is increasingly evident. For this reason, the game is shifting in favor of the striker and attacking play. This means keepers will be called upon more often to save shots and deal with crosses. This will require keepers to be more nimble and agile in their ability to cope with a high quantity of attempts.
COMMANDING YOUR PENALTY BOX
It doesn’t matter if a goalkeeper has a shy or outgoing personality off the field; once they step onto the field they must be vocal and confident enough to command his/her teammates in and around the box. Communication is everything, being in goal gives keepers the advantage to see the play in front of them. A commanding keeper gives confidence to his/her defenders.
PASSING OUT FROM THE BACK
Today’s game requires keepers to be adept at controlling the ball and passing accurately to defenders. Keepers are often described as ‘sweeper keepers’, which means they must be able to control the ball under pressure and initiate plays from the back, by distributing the ball over short and long distances. Goalkeepers can be a pivotal part of offensive play.