The Evolving Role of the Goalkeeper: Regista v.2?

Beyond the limelight of the Messi/Ronaldo duopoly, the 21st Century has seen the revolution of the Regista. Its redefined the requirements of a midfield that had – in England at least – sought combativeness and stamina at its core. In an attempt to predict and analyse another developing revolution, this article explores how this role…

Mirror Neurones: Can we train with just a laptop and the internet?

  Watch this clip. How do you feel, especially if you’re male? The chances are a fair few of you have started to cross your legs – all males reading can understand the pain that’s being experienced here. But what is going on in the brain to trigger that response? When the striker of our…

Fitness for Goalkeepers: Energy Systems Part 1

  One of the biggests changes in goalkeeping has been the acknowledgement of the goalkeeper as an athlete. To some this may seem like an obvious statement, but it is still the case that keepers are expected to perform and develop to their potential having done exactly the same fitness and warm up work as an…

Fitness for Goalkeepers: Introduction

A successful goalkeeper in the modern game knows that preparation doesn’t end when training finishes. A ‘marginal gains’ approach to personal development has become essential in all aspects of the game – using the FA terminology that means seeking improvement in technical, physical, social and psychological abilities to maximise each player’s performance. The goalkeeping position fascinates…

Grassroots Football: A Plea

    Britain’s weather is ironically something of a hot topic. It’s the ice-breaker of choice for many; the thing that dictates our day and what sort of mood we wake up in. In the professional game, the weather dictates what sort of game we’ll see – often heavy rain can result in scrappy, slow games…

Thibaut Courtois: A Long Way From the Top

It takes a pretty prodigious talent to make your professional debut before you’re even allowed to legally drink. Aged just 16 years and 341 days old, Thibaut Courtois made his first appearance for Genk in the Belgian Jupiler League, going on to play a vital role in their 2010-11 season, keeping 14 clean sheets on the…

World Cup 2018: Who makes the cut?

It’s been something of a tough time for England’s goalkeepers this season. I’m not convinced any of the currently capped keepers can honestly claim to be heading into the World Cup having had a good season. Joe Hart, the most experienced of them all has probably had the worst of the lot as he currently…

Ultimate Glove Tips for Young Goalkeepers

Gloves are gloves, right? Sadly, it’s never that easy. For the parents of young Goalkeepers, particularly at grassroots level, it’s often easy to head into your local sports shop and pick whatever looks best at the time. Unfortunately, you often end up having overspent and, in my experience, it’s rare that gloves fit right. This is…