2 v 1s
I am a college goalkeeper and I did read your tips concerning 2 v 1 situations but I had a further question. When the situation is 2 v 1 (the 1 being the goalkeeper, no other defenders) in the circle, how then do you suggest to play the ball? I know that a lot of goalkeeping is situational and experimenting is necessary but again I am looking for some guidelines as to what you would suggest. I have grown up with one method and a new one is being introduced and I am trying to decide which is more sound and effective.
I have a pretty extensive tip on slide tackling on the site so hopefully that might provide some insights. However, in a 2v1 situation where you are the 1 I think it is important to be aggressive. However, it is very much controlled aggression. Too many keepers just stand on the goal line and let the shooter walk right in. I like to step up, but at a time where I am defending the goal and making the forward pull wide at the same time. I also need to be aware of where the support player is in the 2v1. I want to stay in the play as long as possible and make the forwards make the perfect pass if they are going to beat. In a well executed 2v1 you should get beat, but if you can buy time and force forwards to make passes they don’t want to make that buys you time and gives you a chance.