Soccer Player Skill Development

Resurrecting the scorpion kick save

As a goalie, it takes a certain level of bravery and/or stupidity to perform the scorpion kick save. Obviously the goalies in the following video practiced this move in training several times before trying it in a game. As a goalie your sole responsibility is to keep the ball out of the net.  However, if you want to make a name for yourself all you have to do is the scorpion kick. Rene Higuita of Columbia was the first to do it in 1995 and now it was recently duplicated.

Alright, first things first. Unless the scoreline is lopsided, I wouldn’t recommend doing this save for a variety of reasons. I would consider this move the equivalent to chipping a penalty shot. In both instances you can do something a lot smarter and safer for your team.

Watch the clips below to see the scorpion kick save in action. The first video is Columbian goalkeeper Rene Higuita from 1995 in a match versus England. You be the judge as to which save is better.

Irrelevant of which save is better, as mentioned above it’s not a smart play.  Imagine the goalie misses the ball…humiliating?  No, worst than that: disastrous.  If I was a coach and my goalie tried that, I would immediately have him/her subbed out of the game.  Showboating can be tolerated to a certain extent, but when you put your team in danger, it becomes stupid.

Have a little fun with it in practice and give it a try.  My recommendation, though, is to keep it in practice.

I will say this though, it certainly makes for great entertainment!

By Philip MacDonald

The idea for Goalden is to help other soccer players of all ages improve the many different aspects of their game. We began coaching youth teams and watching youth soccer all over Ontario. We watched semi-professional and professional teams and noticed how far the game still has to develop here. From that, we decided we want to help others obtain the best information as early as possible in their soccer careers. We want to educate readers about the game of soccer and the fine details that are often overlooked by coaches in North America.

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