Goalkeepers must have what is called the 3 C's.
- Courage: Goalkeepers must be physical and expect to put their safety at risk to save
a goal. He must also have a mental toughness to accept mistakes he might make during a game.
- Concentration: Goalkeepers must focus and a lack of concentration can and usually does
result in a mistake being made. Goalkeepers should look at where the play and the ball is. Movement of opponents and where
your own defenders are.
- Confidence: Confidence is essential for successful goalkeeping. If a goalkkeper is sure
about his own ability then this will be a advantage.
It is of the most importance that a goalkeeper can catch. This sounds obvious but it is essential that
keepers at a young age should be taught how to catch the ball properly. It is a known fact that those with 'soft hands' find
it easier to catch a ball.
Flexibility is also a need of a goalkeeper. To be able to dive both sides, jump high, get down low to
shots and react quickly is something a keeper must learn.
Footwork is about, balance, speed and quickness. If a keeper has these basic skills then he has a
chance to be a good shot stopper.