Why a ‘wall’ in front of goalkeepers doesn’t help to save a free kick

– – A goalkeeper is less likely to save a free kick if there is a wall of players in the way, according to new research. The ten-yard side-by-side barrier is in place to make it harder for the free kick taker to score a goal, but this technique has now been called into question. Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast found the wall gets in the way of the goalkeeper’s eyesight and slows their reaction time. The goalkeeper’s sight is blocked for around 200 milliseconds and their reaction time is…

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