But in the first game, I went straight into overtime. That’s not how I had imagined it! Nevertheless, it was enormously important to win this game. In the second attempt, things went much better, I played confidently and was able to regain my self-confidence for the last group match. But my last opponent in the group turned out to be an absolute breaker, who already had a few keeper battles behind him and was already in the final round. After leading 2:0, I lost 2:5. Nevertheless, I reached the sixteenth final.
Here, my opponent’s first shot landed directly in the goal again – definitely not an ideal start. Nevertheless, I managed to equal the score quickly. Then it went back and forth, a tight game in which I did not take the lead, but could always stay within striking distance. At 4:5, however, I was under pressure – and scored. A classic shootout developed, which you can also watch in Meti’s video. In the end it was 8:9 and I had to leave the tournament.
Keeperbattle vs. game
Compared to the normal game there are many differences in the Keeperbattle. The game time of five minutes (+ overtime) is very long and means a lot of action. In a game you usually have less action and longer rest periods in which you have to keep your concentration high and stay awake to run long balls or something like that. Shooting as such is not necessarily my strength (and probably not that of most keepers). Only training helps here.
When I failed, I was always annoyed at the beginning and wasn’t prepared for the next shot, speculated or just stood wrong, which is definitely a disadvantage in a direct duel. So the key to the Keeperbattle is to stay calm even after failures and to take the next shot just as calmly – similar to a mistake in the game. Difference here: if you fail in a game, you still have time to correct the mistake. Nevertheless, you must never work through the problem in the game, but always talk to the goalkeeper coach afterwards. To fall into self-pity and frustration doesn’t help at all.
The tournament was once again a top event with high quality keepers, it had a good programme and a huge fun factor. With the motivation of 12 pairs of gloves to win this is no wonder. With such an amount of gloves, an amateur keeper can easily survive for some time. It has also been confirmed again that the league membership at the Keeperbattle does not say much. It’s all about shooting and holding. Here you don’t need tactical understanding, a good game structure or a minimum size.