Soccer is an interesting game in that there aren't strict rules on the required number of players which must play each position. The only exception is the goalkeeper. Each team has one goalkeeper, who is the only player on the team permitted to use their hands and arms to contact the ball.
IMPORTANT: The rules of the game require that one player on the pitch be a goalkeeper per team.
The goalkeeper is the last line of defense a soccer team has for keeping the ball out of the net; They stand guard in the goal. Goalkeepers are responsible for making saves and periodically playing the ball by passing it to teammates on the pitch.
The Penalty Area is the large box around each goal where penalties are awarded for fouls against the attacking team. This is also the only area on the pitch where a goalkeeper is allowed to use their hands to play the ball.
REMEMBER: A goalkeepers can only use his hands to play the ball in his own team's penalty area.
It's important to note, that it is illegal to use your hands in soccer to play the ball. The goalie is the only member of the team who can use his hands to pickup, pass, or prevent the ball from entering the net. Goalkeepers are allowed to use their hands inside the penalty box.
Goals And Job
- to prevent the ball from entering the net for a goal
- to block and catch shots on goal
- to pass the ball to teammates
- to perform goal kicks
The bigger a goalkeeper can make himself, the larger the portion of the goal he blocks and protects.
Goalkeeper's Jersey And Player Numerals
In professional competitions, goalkeepers wear a different jersey from the rest of the players to signify their differentiation to the officials. Historically, goalies wear the number one, and is more often used by goalies over the other positional nomenclature.
A Deflection is when a goalkeeper or player is able to touch the ball after it's been shot to alter its trajectory. When a shot is deflected by the goalkeeper into the net, the shooter is awarded the goal.
Goalie Key Statistics
There are few important statistics that define a good goalkeeper: