Goalkeeper set positions vary from goalkeeper to goalkeeper. A comfortable set position is vital in order to be ready to make a variety of saves when called upon. Although ‘set’ positions can vary, the fundamentals remain the same. Ensure you are in a suitable set position by checking the following from bottom to top –
- Your feet are around shoulder width apart, toes facing forward.
- Be on your toes but not bouncing on them.
- Knees are slightly flexed.
- Elbows are comfortably tucked in and flexed.
- Hands are presented in front of the body.
- Chest facing forward.
- Keep your nose just over your toes – This helps in order to stay balanced and keep your weight forward.
- Eyes are level and focused on the play.
Good analogies for the set position include – “Imagine you’re in McDonald’s at the counter holding a tray of food” or “Imagine you’re sat on the toilet reading a newspaper” or “Imagine you’re on the computer about to type some homework”
Please see below some examples of the set position and how it can vary from goalkeeper to goalkeeper –