April 15, 2024

Bigger cages for more goals?

Standing at just 92 meters tall, Gianluigi Buffon, who officially hung up his gloves on August 1, believes that the new generation of goalkeepers is too tall. Too tall, at least, for the goalkeepers they now guard. In the 150 years since soccer was invented, the size of the goal has not changed one iota. It’s 7m32 wide and 2m44 high. Or 8 yards wide and 8 feet high, according to …

Standing at just 92 meters tall, Gianluigi Buffon, who officially hung up his gloves on August 1, believes that the new generation of goalkeepers is too tall. Too tall, at least, for the goalkeepers they now guard. In the 150 years since soccer was invented, the size of the goal has not changed one iota. It’s 7m32 wide and 2m44 high. Or 8 yards wide and 8 feet high, according to English standards of the time.

In the eyes of the former Italian goalkeeper, a revision of these dimensions would not be a luxury. To make matches more lively, with more goals. There’s talk of widening the goals and I think we could start thinking about it, he says in an interview with Tuttosport. The dimensions have been the same since 1875 and maybe they were too big back then, but today, looking at some of the goalkeepers, it makes you think.

Rare long-range shotsnt victorious

In recent years, technology has made it harder for goalkeepers to keep the ball, for example by creating spheres with less legible trajectories, but it’s true that the sheer size of some of the ultimate defences doesn’t make it easy to score big goals. The effect of goalkeeper size can be seen in long-distance shots: 30 years ago, every 50 shots would result in 10 goals, whereas today there are only three. From a distance, it’s very difficult to score a goal against a goalkeeper who’s two metres tall, points out Gianluigi Buffon.