It is difficult for a lot of coaches to know if the goalkeeper is doing a good job when he is setting up a defensive wall in a free kick. Firstly, because a lot of coaches have never played in that position, and secondly, because some coaches do not have the luck to have a goalkeeper coach in their teams.
This article helps to improve the knowledge about setting up a defensive wall through a brief list with the characteristic of the wall, and a soccer field picture divided for zones with the different number of players that the goalkeeper must to set in the defensive wall.
Number of Players in the Defensive Wall
- The goalkeeper has to set in the defensive wall the same number of players than possible kickers(Players close to the ball).
- If the distance between the ball and the goal increase, the goalkeeper has to decrease the number of player in the wall.
- In free kick in zone of high danger (Yellow lines):
- The first player guides the wall(according to instructions from the goalkeeper) , and the goalkeeper has to set him outside from the first post.
- The second and third player have to be stout and tall.
- The fourth player must to be faster, and aggressive to run if the another team plays short.
Author - Jose Silva Caparros
Original article and more drills available at: 'The Tactical Saloon'