The Relationship Between Anthropometrics Parameters and Clean Sheets of Goalkeepers in Elite European Football

Rabiu Muazu Musa*, Anwar P.P.Abdul Majeed, Aina Munirah Ab Rasid, Mohamad Razali Abdullah

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter highlights the association between goalkeepers’ (GKs) clean sheet performances and their anthropometric indexes. It has been demonstrated from the study findings that GKs with bigger body sizes and older ages are more likely to keep clean sheets compared to those with lower anthropometrics and younger ages. The study also found that the feet used by the GKs have no association with keeping clean sheets. Therefore, higher anthropometric indexes and clean sheets in goalkeepers highlight the multidimensional nature of goalkeeping performance. It suggests that a combination of physical attributes as well as experience can contribute to a goalkeeper’s ability to keep clean sheets. It has also been demonstrated from the current finding that the logistic regression model is able to yield an excellent prediction of the group of GKs based on the investigated parameters. Understanding these factors could improve defensive performance in football and assist stakeholders in making better decisions about who to recruit and develop as GKs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
VolumePart F2301
ISSN (Print)2191-530X
ISSN (Electronic)2191-5318


  • Anthropometric parameters
  • Clean sheets
  • Dominant foot
  • European football league
  • Football goalkeepers
  • Logistic regression model


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