Women’s Euro 2022 – Good goalkeeper performance silenced critics

Often, in recent years, this has returned like background noise, increased tenfold by harsh criticism on social networks: at each competition, goalkeepers were often singles, accused of not responding to opposing shots, and thus spoiling the show. It seems that the already severe criticism that goalkeepers can be subjected to increased tenfold when a ball from goalkeepers moved around the planet.

This year, in England, as confirmation of the 2019 World Cup where performances by players such as Christian Endler (Chile), Sari van Veenendaal (Netherlands) or Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden) have already set the tone, the last fences have doubled down on quality services. To move from pranks to praise.

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From France’s point of view, the competition started strongly with Pauline Perrod Magnin’s excellent match against Italy (5-1). During the group stage, several high-flying performances were highlighted, such as that of Daphne van Domselaer, No. 2 of the Netherlands announced by coach Mark Parsons, “Best goalkeeper of the tournament”the Danish Len Christensen match against Finland or the successful match of Merle Fromms with Germany against Spain (2-0).

If the euro-favorite England goalkeeper Mary Earps doubled down on reassuring interventions, even the least expected doors were reported. And so Belgium goalkeeper Nicky Everard kept her compatriots alive for 90 minutes against Sweden in the quarter-final (0-1), despite 34 shots (including 8 on goal), they cracked in the last moments. And French fans will remember that if they had to wait so long to see their team advance to the first semi-final in their history at Euros, it was because of a goalkeeper in great shape who only pushed back the deadline, before the victor. Penalty kick by Eve Perisset.

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“I find the level really exciting, after that there is no particularly special level but there are good goalkeepers with a lot of quality”Christophe Jardi, an OL goalkeeper coach since 2017 who has been following the question carefully, rejoices. “The goalkeeper’s performance is the best we’ve ever seen. In previous tournaments, goalkeepers were sometimes the weak link in their team. Until now, that hasn’t been the case”As Rachel Brown Fiennes, former England goalkeeper said: the athlete After the group stage.

Most of the clubs are professional today, so goalkeepers work every day and that explains this very interesting level.

“The level of goalkeepers has increased significantly”confirmed. “We see much fewer manual errors and the kicking game is done”For her part, Sandrine Roux, the goalkeeper, rejoiced with 71 selections for the France national team, in the team. To explain this constant increase in the level of goalkeepers for several years, there is a first logical factor: “There are a lot of older goalkeepers today and therefore they have a lot of experience, and that partly explains these good performances”Christophe Gardier explains.

Daphne van Domselaer, goalkeeper of the Netherlands, during Euro 2022

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Second, the rapid professionalization of women’s football in recent years has led to logically significant progress: “All the clubs organize themselves to have goalkeeper coaches or specific training, so from there, it definitely helps to progress, with the day-to-day work, Christophe Guardi Gestures. Most of the clubs are professional today, so goalkeepers work every day and that explains this very interesting level.”. These norms, which no longer surprise anyone among men, were far from clear among girls even ten years ago.

There are some who make up for their relaxation, because they have sticks, but it is true that what they lack today is above all size.

At that time, already, some suggested reducing the size of the targets, so that they would no longer attend, in particular, these strikes from afar, well positioned in a niche. If among men we see few janitors subjected to such attempts, among girls, the images multiply and each time carries more controversy. Our colleagues from telegraph Until they noticed this sentence heard in the media: “For women’s football to advance, you need men in goal”. Some take athletics, which adapts between girls and boys, the 110m hurdles (100m for girls), for example.

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criticism “ungrateful thanks”according to Gardy, who found the idea “stray!”. “In boys, we find larger sizes less than in girlsHe admits everything. Then there are some who make up for their relaxation, for they have sticks, but it is true that what they lack today is above all their height.”says the former Toulouse goalkeeper coach, who still works on a daily basis with Christian Endler, with a 1 meter 82 under height.

Measurement matters

A situation far from normal. Thus, the average height difference between goalkeepers in the World Cup Russia 2018 and goalkeepers in the World Cup France 2019 is 16 cm (189 cm versus 173). “We are the first to look for goalkeepers of height even if that is not the only criterionGardy says. It’s important especially in the air, so for sure the bigger the goalkeeper, the easier it will be to master this area.”.

“If tomorrow I meet a young lady who is 1.92 meters tall, who wants to play football, who strives for a goal, who in addition has a good right foot, a good left foot, and who is not afraid, I promise I will choose him – sheFor his part, Gilles Fawach, assistant to Corinne Deacon, said: the team beginning of July. However, these are not profiles that we meet every day, even just in everyday life, so we have to train those who want to go there”.

Apart from this difference in size, the differences in physical performance between the latter fences and gates, even if they are always present, are greatly reduced: “We have more sporting goalkeepers. Previously, we had more big mistakes in catching or placing the ball”notes Roux, who now trains guards for the France U23 team. “In terms of banging, yes, there is a slight difference, but I don’t find that there are significant differences in the restGardié completed. I train girls while I train boys, with roughly the same sessions and the same strikes…”.

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However, in the air game, mistakes, even without consequences, are still numerous in this Euro. “It’s definitely an area where goalkeepers need a lot of work.recognizes the previous player in Lens, Guingamp or Sochaux. Now, there is also the kicking game which is very important today, as with the boys, the goalkeeper is one of the early players.”.

It reminds us of the goal that Spain conceded against Germany after Banos’ foul on the increase, or the goal that Manuela Zinsberger conceded against France in the semi-finals. More in number, taken care of early and before, and trained more and more thoroughly, the goalkeepers who arrive today in the professional world hold a lot of promise for the future. “We can consider this situation dangerous, but it is not. If a young girl wants to start, we should not hesitate. We would like to set an example for the young ones.”said Mylene Chavas, substitute goalkeeper for the Blue team. In this Euro, they seem to have achieved their goal.

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