Former goalkeeper in birthday party

They’ll also generally aim to catch most shots that come towards them, unless they’re particularly powerful or well-placed, in which case keepers will look to parry or block them instead. Catching any stray balls or deliberate defensive nod-backs is another key aspect of the role that helps relieve pressure from a defensive perspective. Being able to anticipate and save shots from opposition attackers is an essential part of the job description for any goalkeeper. The best shot-stoppers are able to regularly make accurate judgments on whether to block, punch, parry, or even kick away shots that are aimed at goal.