Always use the leg nearest the ball when stepping into the save.Angle the foot so that the knee will go directly over the top of the foot. This will give you direction when diving to attack the ball.
Lead the the dive with both hands and attack the ball as early as possible,diving across and forwards.
Try to aim your head behind the ball as much as possible, as this will create a second barrier and give momentum when springing off. the goalkeeper diving in an organised sequence should land in order of knee,hip,shoulder and lastly should be the ball in a controlled manner. Landing on the elbows will cause the ball to dislodge from the goalkeeperscontrol. the goalkeeper must watch the ball intently at all times until safely in his hands.
Once caught , the ball must be trapped with the leading hand behind the ball and the other hand on top of the ball. akeepers weight should be forwards, giving him time to recover to his feet if required for a second save..
The ball may not always be held, so keeping your body open helps you to change direction if necessary. If not held, deflect or parry to the sides of the goal area, not back in the direction that the ball has come from. Use a stiff wrist and an open hand..

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