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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 47-50

The secrets to saving soccer penalty kicks: An observation from coaching eyes

1 First Team Goalkeeping Coach, Bashundhara Kings, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2 Office of Physical Education, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh

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Dr. Muhammad Shahidul Islam
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjsm.sjsm_11_22

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Penalty kicks are crucial in football games since the team that scores in the penalty kick has a better chance of winning. A goalie must use a number of strategy and skills to win this psychological combat between the penalty kicker and the goalkeeper. This research sheds light on the approaches to protect the penalty kicks. During the penalty kick, the goalkeeper may pay close attention to the direction of the penalty kicker's nonkicking foot's toe, inside of the knee of the kicking foot, the position of the patella/kneecap of the kicking foot, and the hip direction. The penalty kicker's eyes are usually observed right before the penalty kick. The penalty kicker would occasionally kick in one way while looking in the opposite direction. In addition, a goalie cannot be too low in set position because this will lengthen his reaction time to stop the ball, which is practically difficult to do for the top corners of the post. A goalie should watch plenty of videos of penalty kickers and study their techniques for taking penalties. In all aspects, and based on some proven studies, it is no surprise that retrieving a soccer penalty kick is a decisive component of winning against the opposition. Altogether, the goalkeeper's ability to save a penalty kick is mostly dependent on his or her cognitive-perceptual skills in soccer.

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