The high balls in football are difficult to master, the goalkeeper has to come out of the gate. But a safe handling of flanks also means a general self-confidence in the game - and this is very important for footballers.
With the high balls - flanks of any kind - the difference between good and very good goalkeepers becomes most visible. The penalty area control has become at least as important as the acting on the line by today's modern goalkeeper game in football. And it can be that easy - if the timing is right.
Since (high goalkeeper) training but the high balls are too rarely integrated into the exercises, the goalkeeper can also develop no routine and security for these game situations. This in turn is the basis for a confident and confident appearance. (Goalkeeper training: coordination exercises are important for unknown game situations)
At this point I would like to tell a little story from my youth goalkeeping time: At 14, I was on the threshold of the U15 youth national team. For this purpose, screening games of the individual regional associations were carried out at the sports school Duisburg-Wedau. I had the crazy luck to have a former Bundesliga goalkeeper as a national team coach (Jorg Daniel, Bundesliga goalkeeper at Fortuna Dusseldorf, today chief youth coordinator at the DFB). He told me before the first game: "Get out on high balls. DIE want to see this here. "And:" It does not matter if you do not get a flank or go under, but get out of your gate ".
This conversation has remained in my memory until today and I already said to myself that if I ever train a team, I do it the same way. This statement has given me a lot of self-confidence and security. I was in the sighting games almost every high ball (if I had any chance of success, to get him too) came out, did not get the one or the other, but I have distinguished myself exactly with this way of playing from the other 16 goalkeepers - and was appointed to the U15-DFB youth national team squad. A DREAM WAS TRUE.
This anecdote is designed to encourage all coaches and goalkeeping coaches to give their young goalkeepers exactly that "carte blanche" and to show them that they are 100% behind them. With the talented and ambitious goalkeepers this releases immense forces.
Incidentally, the same applies to the question of who will be No. 1. It is often the case that at the start of a season you have 2 or even 3 good goalkeepers, but you do not want to commit yourself (or not at all) who is No. 1. Here, too, I feel that setting it early on a No. 1 makes sense, because I signal to the goalkeeper that I fully rely on him and stand 100% behind him. As a 14-year-old Mickey Mouse, I did that very well, and I did not want to disappoint that TRUST.
Today I try as a torture coach exactly that to convey. With self-confidence and appropriate body language, I would like to see my "girls" running on the square. I want to look them in the eyes and see only one thing: to win the absolute will.
EVEN THIS IS GOAT TRAINING. Give your protégés self-confidence, self-confidence, self-confidence. Practice high balls, flanks, from different angles, different hard / soft kicked, long, short, all imaginable game situations can be adjusted well in technical training with high balls.
And then the saying goes back to my coach Jörg Daniel: "COME FROM YOUR GATE OUT."