Analysis of women's goalkeepers coming off their line for aerial balls
Introduction and overview of the study
After analysing footage from the FIFA U‑20 Women's World Cup Costa Rica 2022™ and the FIFA U‑17 Women's World Cup India 2022™, goalkeeping experts Pascal Zuberbühler and Thierry Barnerat spotlight an important issue, namely goalkeepers coming off their line for aerial balls.
Goalkeeper positioning on through‑balls and defending their goal
Barnerat analyses various scenarios to highlight goalkeepers' tactical and technical attributes. He identifies good reading of the game and positioning on through‑balls combined with effective information processing as some of the positive traits on display. Barnerat also emphasises the difficulties that goalkeepers face with respect to their aerial game.
Analysing the area in which goalkeepers should claim aerial balls
Here, the FIFA expert underscores the area in which goalkeepers can process information in order to come off their line to compete for aerial balls. Barnerat focuses on set‑piece and open‑play scenarios.
Conclusion and learning process for dealing with aerial balls
To bring his informative presentation to a close, Barnerat summaries the key points covered. He reiterates the importance that goalkeepers work on anticipating the flight of the ball on a weekly basis from the age of 12.