> Jeff Benjamin writes:
> > > He reaches up to get the ball, doesn't even have to jump. There's an
> > > attacker charging for the ball. Not much chance he's going to get it
> > > before the keeper does. So the keeper does what all keepers seem to
> > > nowadays, whether necessary or not he brings one knee up high into his
> > > chest. Why?
> > As a goalkeeper and keeper coach, I can tell you the knee is used for
> > two reasons: one, to provide extra height on the jump, and two, to
> > provide additional protection while in the air and keep vital parts from
> > being exposed. I train my keepers to bring up the knee closest to the
> > pressure, but with the kneecap away from that pressure a bit so the
> > thigh is actually providing the main part of the "fender".
> > I also coach them that if I am wearing the referee's jersey and believe
> > are using that knee as a weapon, I will card them. :-)
> > This technique is used for going after high balls. We want the keeper
> > always attack the ball, so if it's over his head, I wouldn't fault him
> > getting a little extra height to make sure of the catch. If the ball is
> > head height or lower, the preferred technique is to make the catch on
> > the run and move away from the attacking pressure, or get low and use
> > shoulder and body weight to shield against a collision.
> > (If you want to know more about goalkeeping technique, see my goalkeeper
> > coaching site at <http://www.frii.com/~benji/goalkeeping>.)
> > In this case, it doesn't sound like it was necessary to bring the knee
> > but it also doesn't sound like the keeper was attempting to injure the
> > attacker. Intimidation? Perhaps. Automatic card for USB? Probably
> > On a side note, just as players can learn and understand the game better
> > by learning to be a referee, referees and do the same by playing or at
> > least learning more about playing so they understand *why* players do
> > certain things. This is especially true of goalkeeping - much of the
> > technique I teach is about trying to keep the goalkeeper's person safe,
> > not just keeping the ball out of the net. The knee up is a commonly
> > misunderstood technique.
> I'm afraid that I don't buy the argument about the raised knee giving
> extra height!
> If it were the case, then surely we would see the technique used in
> other sports, but I have never seen anybody in rugby, cricket,
> baseball or any variety of american football ever use it when
> jumping high to catch a ball.
> I am sure that it is used purely for self defence. Since a keeper is
> exposed to injury when jumping with hands up high, I usually have no
> problems with the technique. I have seen cases where the keeper puts
> his leg straight out, with cleats showing. If there is nobody else
> around, then you can usually get then to quit with a stern warning.
> Mike Moore.