‘You have to put one foot on the goal line before shooting’
“The result of GK adapting to the changed rules”
Soccer fans have the perception that ‘penalty kick = goal’. But the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is an exception. Not only in the penalty shootout, but also in the penalty kicks that occurred during the game, the goalkeeper continued to make saves. In fact, an analysis at the International Football Federation (FIFA) level came out that the 2022 Qatar World Cup penalty kick rate was higher than before.
Pascal Zuberbuehler, a member of FIFA’s Technical Research Group (TSG) and a former goalkeeper of the Swiss national team, announced at the TSG briefing on the 13th that the goalkeeper’s penalty kick save rate in this tournament was found to be 36. This is more than 10% higher than the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which was only 25.
Zuberbuehler analyzed that the changed rule, which requires the goalkeeper to put one foot on the goal line right before the kicker shoots during a penalty kick, was fully settled. This rule was introduced in 2019 and has been applied in practice since the 2019 U-20 World Cup, where Korea won the runner-up. At the time of its introduction, it was thought to be a very unfavorable rule for goalkeepers, but rather, goalkeepers are making remarkable saves in this World Cup held under the new rules. The save rate in this tournament is much higher than the 22% save rate tallied in the English professional football Premier League (EPL) since the 2010-2011 season. World-renowned strikers such as Lionel Messi (Argentina), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), and Harry Kane (England) also failed to score a penalty kick at this World Cup in Qatar.
“The increase in the penalty kick save rate is huge,” Chuberbeller explained. “Goalkeepers complained when the new rule was applied, but now (the fact that goalkeepers have adapted) is revealed in numbers.” Farid Mondragon, a former Colombia national team member, also praised, saying, “It is amazing to see how the goalkeepers have adapted to the new rules, such as their concentration while keeping one foot on the line and their explosive power to make saves.” 토토
On the other hand, as a member of TSG, Cha Doo-ri, head of the FC Seoul Youth Strengthening Office, gave a briefing that day and cited the experience of European players as the key to promoting Asian football in this tournament. He said, “Asian teams have done well, such as beating traditional strong players in the group stage,” and “one of the reasons for this is that many Asian players are playing in Europe.” Looking back, he said, “Even in the 2002 Korea-Japan tournament, where I played in the World Cup, there were only two national team players playing in Europe.” The players also understood the tactics well and played in several formations.”