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▪ If there's a better goalkeeper in Britain than Big Tommy I have yet to see him.
▪ It was also a good day for goalkeeper Graham Brown, who kept five clean sheets.
▪ Eleven Aberdeen players were laid low by the virus, and Rangers lost their international goalkeeper Andy Goram to the bug.
▪ His overtures were not immediately successful, but a shrewd buy was Oldham's reserve goalkeeper Frank Moss.
▪ Watford's reserve goalkeeper Mel Rees has joined Southampton on a month's loan with a view to a permanent transfer.
▪ The Derry reserve goalkeeper concedes that he has become something of a fixture on the bench but is uncomplaining.
▪ And the goalkeeper made a brilliant save to tip Philliskirk's long-range shot over the bar.
▪ But Brentford owed their victory to goalkeeper Graham Benstead, who made some fine saves.
▪ He may have been an outstanding goalkeeper but he was hardly a product of the Harvard Business School.
▪ He rounded off the scoring with a simple fourth after rounding goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli.
▪ It actually meant quite a lot to me to score a goal past the number-one goalkeeper.
▪ Ken Roberts, Eccleshall manager, on dietary habits of 20st goalkeeper Sid Kelly.
▪ Specialist positions such as goalkeeper and striker would be joined by the mediator and even ambassador.
▪ The goalkeeper is always to blame and always will be.

n. (context sports English) a designated player that attempts to prevent the opposing team from scoring by protecting a goal.

  1. n. the soccer or hockey player assigned to protect the goal [syn: goalie, goaltender, netkeeper, netminder]

  2. the defensive position on an ice hockey or soccer or lacrosse team who stands in front of the goal and tries to prevent opposing players from scoring [syn: goalie, goaltender, netkeeper]


In many team sports which involve scoring goals, the goalkeeper (termed goaltender, netminder, goalie, or keeper in some sports) is a designated player charged with directly preventing the opposing team from scoring by intercepting shots at goal. Such positions exist in hurling, association football, Gaelic football, international rules football, handball, field hockey, ice hockey, water polo, bandy, rink bandy, lacrosse, floorball, and other sports.

Usually special rules apply to the goalkeeper that do not apply to other players. These rules are often instituted to protect the goalkeeper, being an obvious target for dangerous or even violent actions. In certain sports like ice hockey and lacrosse, goalkeepers are required to wear special equipment like heavy pads and a face mask to protect their bodies from the impact of the playing object (e.g. a puck). In some sports, goalkeepers may have the same rights as other players; in association football, for example, the keeper is allowed to kick the ball just as any other player, but may also handle it in a restricted area. In other sports goalkeepers may be limited in the actions they are allowed to take or the area of the field where they may be; in the NHL, for example, goalkeepers may not play the puck in the restricted areas behind the net or take the puck across the red line.

Goalkeeper (association football)

Goalkeeper, often shortened to keeper or goalie, is one of the major positions of association football. It is the most specialised position in the sport. The goalkeeper's primary role is to prevent the opposing team from successfully moving the ball over the defended goal-line (between the posts and under the crossbar). This is accomplished by the goalkeeper moving into the path of the ball and either catching it or directing it away from the vicinity of the goal line. Within the penalty area goalkeepers are able to use their hands, making them (outside of throw-ins) the only players on the field permitted to handle the ball. Goalkeepers usually perform goal kicks, and also give commands to their defence during corner kicks, direct and indirect free kicks, and marking. Goalkeepers play an important role in directing on field strategy as they have an unrestricted view of the entire pitch, giving them a unique perspective on play development. If an attacker on the opposing team obstructs the keeper from catching or saving the ball, for example, in a corner, it will normally be a free kick.

If a goalkeeper is injured or sent off, a substitute goalkeeper has to take their place, otherwise an outfield player must take the ejected keeper's place in goal. In order to replace a goalkeeper who is sent off, a team usually substitutes an outfield player for the backup keeper (thus effectively the red card and substitution takes out two of the starting eleven players). They then play the remainder of the match with nine outfield players. If a team does not have a substitute goalkeeper, or they have already used all of their designated substitutes for the match, an outfield player has to take the dismissed keeper's place and wear the goalkeeper kit.

Goalkeepers often have longer playing careers than outfield players, many not retiring until their late thirties or early forties. This can be explained by noting that goalkeepers play a less physically demanding position that requires significantly less running. For example, Peter Shilton played for 31 years between 1966 and 1997 before retiring at the age of 47.

The squad number for a goalkeeper is generally number 1. Although this is common, some goalkeepers now wear other numbers when in goal.

Goalkeeper (water polo)

In water polo, the goalkeeper occupies a position as the last line of defense between the opponent's offence and their own team's goal, which is .

The goalkeeper is different from other people on their team; they possess certain privileges and are subject to different restrictions from those of field players. As well as this, they must possess different skills from those of the fielders.

Goalkeepers often have longer playing careers than field players because they swim far less.

In water polo, the goalkeeper is commonly known as the goalie or keeper and may also be known as the man/woman in the cage.

Usage examples of "goalkeeper".

The goal was one of the most calamitously stupid ever given away by a team of professionals: an inept back-pass (by Ian Ure, naturally), followed by a missed tackle, followed by a goalkeeper (Bob Wilson) slipping over in the mud and allowing the ball to trickle over the line just inside the right-hand post.

Macdonald is in a chase with the centre-half, who gets a foot in, and lifts the ball agonisingly over his own advancing goalkeeper.

And then Arsenal started to bang inch-perfect passes along the ground all over the pitch, and our defenders popped up in the opposing penalty area to lob the opposing goalkeeper with Cruyff-like precision and delicacy, and my suspicion that this was a world gone mad was confirmed.

But Staedler instead heads away from the wing into deeper midfield, beats one defender, then a second-the goalkeeper doesn't know which threat to counter, Staedler or Cramer-and here you can see the gap Staedler spotted, opening up at the near post, and he puts on a burst of acceleration and shoots!