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Floorball Goalkeeper Tips: Goalie Guide with Advice from Johan Rehn & Tiltu Siltanen


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In this article you will find many floorball goalkeeper tips to bring your level to the next game. Whether you are a beginning floorball goalie, an experienced goalkeeper, or even a field player, there is much to learn from this article!

In the previous part, I covered the basic posture in the goalie area, the positioning in the goal crease and the ways to improve your skills (also at home!).

READ: Goalie 101 – Why every player should have been goalkeeper at least once

Together with two of the best goalkeepers in the world, Johan Rehn (Falun, Sweden) and Tiltu Siltanen (SB-Pro, Finland), I will answer some of the following questions you submitted in this sequel. The goal of this article is to go deeper into specific parts of goalkeeping and to give you more insight into how top players think. I also want to give tools to improve playing as a goalkeeper, both physically and mentally.

We asked Rehn and Siltanen the following questions:

  • What are the shots that are hardest to save as a goalkeeper?
  • How to act in 1-on-1 counter situations as a goalkeeper?
  • What would be your tips in a penalty shootout?
  • How can a goalkeeper help his or her team with the tactical strategy?

In the next part of the article we’ll discuss:

Let’s get started!

For this article, I received help from Tiltu Siltanen & Johan Rehn!

Tiltu Siltanen at SB-Pro (Photo: Salibandy.fi)

Tiltu is the goalkeeper of the Finnish national team. She has won silver twice, at the WFC 2017 and 2019. On club level she plays at SB-Pro, the team that won in the (discontinued) competition match after match. We have interviewed her before, in preparation for the WFC 2019:

READ – Tiltu Siltanen “The goal is to brighten the silver into gold”

Johan Rehn has been Falun’s goalkeeper since 2008. He’s won the SSL championship five times (including the current season that was aborted due to Covid-19). In 2017, he was ranked 9th in the top 10 of best floorball players in the world. With Sweden, Johan won gold at the WFC 2014 and silver at the WFCs 2016 and 2018. In the last (aborted) SSL season he was at the top of the ranking with Falun – but also in the goalie ranking with a save percentage of 84%.

Johan Rehn (Photo: Per Wiklund)

What type of shot is hardest to save?

“A shot to the low corners, when it goes just over the leg”, replies Tiltu. This is understandable because these are exactly the places where you leave space open as a goalkeeper, the space to the left and right of your torso, viewed from top to bottom between your armpit and your leg.

Tiltu Siltanen in a game between Finland and Switzerland. The red oval shows the type of shot hardest to save, according to Tiltu.

Johan Rehn finds this question difficult to answer, as it depends on a number of factors. “Traffic is of course a big variable and one that you really can’t affect by yourself,” he says, meaning that there can often be people in the path of the shot that can make you deflect or screen as a goalkeeper (you won’t see the shot coming).

What do you do in a counter when it’s just you vs. the opponent (the forward)?

As a goalkeeper, it is perhaps one of the most difficult moments: your own defenders have gone too far forward and the opponent’s forward is coming at you on its own. How do you act at such a moment?

Johan: “There is no exact pattern on how I act during a counter. It depends of the hook that the player has, and obviously which player that has the ball.” So some knowledge of your opponent is useful, but if you don’t have that

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