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The Most Difficult Position To Play In Football, And Why

The most difficult position to play in football is the goalkeeper. It was reviewed as the hardest position in all sports. Goalkeeper is the hardest position in soccer. Not only does a goalkeeper have to perform under more pressure than any other player, but they must also possess a unique skill, as well as facing a higher level of competition than any other player. The reasons behind this are;

The Goal post

Football goal post is 8 yards from the right to the left, and 8 feet from the cross bar to the ground, making it a large area to cover. If a goalkeeper dives from the middle of the goal post to a corner, it would take him between 0.4 to 0.6 seconds to complete the dive, despite the fact that they have to save shots which take only 0.5 seconds on average to reach the goal. Once one account for reaction time, one will realize that this supposed to be impossible, but they do it anyway.

2. Core muscle groups

For most outfield situations, the only major group of muscles players use is their legs. Their upper body and arms are normally a balancing support. However, when goalkeepers have to make a dive, unless they block a shot with their legs or feet, they have to use their entire body muscles to exert enough force to make the save.

3. The other players

Other players affect a goalkeeper on the pitch with external influences. Players on the same team are supposed to support a goalkeeper in preventing the ball from entering the goal post, but some players sometimes create issues by preventing the goalkeeper from reaching the ball or could even knock the ball into the goal post themselves.

Lastly, there is a thing people fear about being a goalkeeper, and that is the possibility of getting hit in the face or crotch, and the chance of hitting the metal posts with one's head. From experience, i have hit my head on a metal post many times, and am now used to it, but that does not mean that it is okay. There is a reason why kicking a downed opponent is banned in the UFC, that is due to the risk of damage to the head, but this happens to goalkeepers in football, and as stated before, referees are likely not to stop the play unless a player looks too injured to continue. One may think getting hit in the face or head by a football goal post is not too damaging, but it is dangerous.

Petr Cech is a professional goalkeeper, who in 2006 was kicked in the face because he wanted to stop a ball. This accident forced him to wear a goalkeeper helmet for almost 10 years due to the damage it did to his skull.

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