Differences in movement behaviour between successful and less successful goalkeepers in the interception of corner kicks

Jorge Abellán, Nieves María Sáez-Gallego, Sara Vila-Maldonado, Onofre Contreras


The aim of this study is to analyze the movement behavior of young football goalkeepers when they try to catch balls from corner kicks. Goalkeepers were classified on their success during the interception, creating two groups of analysis, successful and less successful goalkeepers. The most successful goalkeepers obtained a higher success rate with a motor behavior characterized by moving your hands later and therefore catch the ball later that goalkeepers less successful. These results show that the specific requirements of catch a ball from a corner kick are similar to the requirements of catch balls in other sports. They are therefore less similar to the anticipation of future actions on projections of global equities football.




Abellán, J., Sáez-Gallego, N.M. & Contreras, O.R. (2015). Intercepción de un lanzamiento de córner: influencia de los limitadores del entorno. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 122, 61-67.

Abellán, J., Savelsbergh, G.P.J., Contreras, O.R. & Vila-Maldonado, S. (2016). Interception of a corner kick in football: A task analysis. International Journal of Medicine and Science of Physical Activity and Sport, 61, 111-126.

Cañal-Bruland R., Van der Kamp J., Arkesteijn M., Janssen R.J., Van Kesteren J. & Savelsbergh G.J.P. (2010). Visual search behaviour in skilled field-hockey goalkeepers. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 41, 327–339.

Mann, D., Williams, A.M., Ward, P. & Janelle, C. (2007). Perceptual-cognitive expertise in sport: A meta-analysis. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 29, 457-478.

Müller, S. & Abernethy, B. (2006). Batting with occluded vision: An in situ examination of the information pickup and interceptive skills of high- and low-skilled cricket batsmen. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 9, 446-458.

Navia, J. A., Van der Kamp, J. & Ruiz, L. M. (2013). On the use of situational and body information in goalkeeper actions during a football penalty kick. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 44, 234-251.

Noël, B. & Van der Kamp, J. (2012). Gaze behaviour during the football penalty kick: An investigation of the effects of strategy and anxiety. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 41, 1-20.

Oudejans, R.R.D., Michaels, C.F. & Bakker, F.C. (1997). The effect of skill on movement initiation in catching fly balls. Journal of Sport Sciences, 15, 587-595.

Reina, R., Moreno, F.J. & Sanz, D. (2007). Visual behaviour and motor responses of novice and experienced wheelchair tennis players relative to the service return. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 24, 254-271.

Rodrigues, S.T., Vickers, J.N. & Williams, A.M. (1999). Two visual systems and temporal pressure in 3-d table tennis. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 21, 91.

Sáez-Gallego, N.M., Vila-Maldonado, Abellán, J. & Contreras, O.R. (2013). Análisis del comportamiento visual y la toma de decisiones en el bloqueo en voleibol. Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte, 13(2), 31-44.

Savelsbergh, G.J.P., Haans, S.H., Kooijmais, M.K. & Van Kampen, P.M. (2010). A method to identify talent: visual search and locomotion behaviour in young football players. Human Movement Science, 29(5), 764-776.

Savelsbergh, G.J.P., Onrust, M., Rouwenhorst, A. & Van der Kamp, J. (2006). Visual search and locomotion behaviour in a four-to-four football tactical position game. International Jountal of Sports Psychology, 37, 248-265.

Savelsbergh, G.J.P., Van der Kamp, J., Williams, A.M. & Ward, P. (2005). Anticipation and visual search behaviour in expert football goalkeepers. Ergonomics, 48, 1686-1697.

Savelsbergh, G.J.P., Williams, A.M., Van der Kamp, J. & Ward, P. (2002). Visual search, anticipation and expertise in football goalkeepers. Journal of Sport Sciences, 20, 279-287.

Vaeyens, R., Lenoir, M., Williams, A.M. & Philippaerts, R.M. (2007). Mechanisms underpinning successful decision making in skilled youth football players: An Analysis of Visual Search Behaviors. Journal of Motor Behaviour, 39 (5), 395-408.

Ward, P. & Williams, A.M. (2003). Perceptual and cognitive skill development in football: the multidimensional nature of expert performance. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 25 (1), 93-111.

Whiting, H.T. (1986). Isn’t there a catch in it somewhere? Journal of Motor Behavior, 18(4), 486-491.

Williams, A.M, Davids, K., Burwitz, L. & Williams, J. (1994). Visual search strategies in experienced and inexperienced football players. Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport, 65 (2), 127-135.

Williams, A.M. (2000). Perceptual skill in football: Implications for talent identification and developments. Journal of Sport Sciences, 18, 737-750.

Williams, A.M. & Burwitz, L. (1993). Advance cue utilization in football. In T. Reilly, J. Clarys and A. Stibbe (Eds), Science and Football II, (pp. 239-243). London: E & FN Spon.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/jhse.2017.122.07


  • There are currently no refbacks.