My previous post talked about McQuin Baron playing skinny and negating his size by bringing his hands and arms up too high. I found another good example of this in the Japan versus Greece game.
The Greek goalie is another big goalie. Look at the image below and how he negates his size and wingspan. Japan is on a counter attack. The ball and the free player are coming up the weak side.
The Greek goalie over commits himself to a donut shot before the ball is even released from the Japanese player’s hand. The greek goalie brings his hands and arms straight up over his head leaving cross cage low wide open. Near side low too.
The Greek goalie needed to stay on his legs, keep his hands and arms wider and in a more neutral position, and then waited to commit to a shot as the ball is released.
Let the shooter commit to a shot. Stay strong on your legs but relaxed and watch the ball leave the player’s hand. If you commit to a shot beforehand you make it that much easier for the field player to read you and find the back of the goal.