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Ferran Plana, licensed Physical Education and specialized in swimming section, has been linked to the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation and the Catalan Federation. Tomorrow Friday, he will be in charge of giving a master class for the participants of our Water Polo Clinic, and he has left us this interesting article on the basics of movement for goalkeepers.


When we discuss the different positions for water polo players and their basic positioning in the water, we distinguish between the defensive position – PD – (horizontal), and offensive – PO – (vertical).

But what about the goalie? The player, usually forgotten, but so important to the success of any team… We must not ignore him!  We must discuss this position the way we discuss any other position. Each goalkeeper, while they develop, will acquire his or her own personal technique, but at the generic level and as general concepts are concerned, we can define his different movements as: displacement, jumping, blocking and passing.


The most important thing for a goalkeeper is to not develop bad habits.  A goal keeper must practice and develop his basic positioning and the displacement that allows him to dominate his zone of influence in the cage and anything in the arc.

We will start by noting a few points in order for the goalie to be successful:

1. Position 4 (same as the offensive players position), i.e.: almost vertical back, leaning forward – 75 °-with very high (almost perpendicular in 90 degrees with the trunk) knees, and feet doing the rotation below the knees (not with low knees and making the rotation behind them).

The position, executed successfully marks a triple flexion (hip, knee, and ankle), and makes that the goalkeeper seem “seated” in the water.

2. When you want to move in the arc of the goal (now taking into account the 5 positions of a normal attack), the base position should always be like position 4 and without losing balance (falling to one side).

The movement, with the help of the arms, moving back, will be a sculling motion (if they moves to the right, then the left side of the body must move), while the moving forward, the goalie will be almost completely extended and ready to block. In this situation, the knee that lead (guides the movement) should be opened up by the hip, because if not, the motion will be hindered unconsciously and will the cause the goalie to lose balance.


3. In case that the change of position is unexpected due to a pass or change of possession, the first thing the goalkeeper should be ready to place himself facing the player who will receive the ball. Therefore he changes his position by first turning his body in a rotation movement (helped by the outer arm), and point directs his movement to the new position of the ball, and ends up in the position we have discussed so far, 4.

4. In all displacement movements and sliding, the position of the hands must be very superficial. The hand which sculls should not be very deep, and the one that doesn’t scull can even be out of the water.

By Emma Briones

Eugeni Ballarín (Barcelona, 1970) has been nearly 40 years around the pool. His sports career has taken him from his club, CN Catalunya, to carry the open waters team at RFEN and, since the last four years, is the sports director of the Federació Catalana de Natació.

Sports director of five disciplines

My task is primarily follow the guidelines that marks the board regarding sports projects and coordinate them. In addition to coordinating the technical divisions and institutional relationships (with the CAR, with clubs …).

And organizing the first European Supercup including male and female competition in the same city.

It is very difficult that a men’s team and a women’s team from the same country are champions and that, therefore, there is someone who wants to do the competition at the same place at the same time. The fact that it was made in Barcelona, with both competitions, is a major decoy.

A marketing campaign

And one that will not be repeated unless the LEN makes the competition even more important than it is, more attractive. Perhaps Barcelona is the starting point for the LEN arises find this. It’s complicated, since this competition, we organized it with the RFEN, and ended up having a significant cost.

Despite selling out within 24 hours …

Our goal was to have the stands full, was at home, and had to be a big party of Catalan water polo. So we did some tickets that were priced 0, but the process of obtaining input required to have a minimum intention to participate on the day of the competition. You had to register on the page, give your email, go get tickets … We filled the stands with people who wanted to watch the games.


The Supercup, the Final Six, World Championship … What does Barcelona have?

Barcelona has a great history with water sports, from the first European in 1970. In addition to the Olympic Games Barcelona made an important change to the sport. Barcelona also has a big network of swimming clubs, not only in the city but also in the province.

Is it just sport?

The history of the city with water sports weighs, is an important family is always there. The city is also taking an big position at different levels: tourism, economy … The Barcelona brand attracts a lot, and in these more sports.

Then, there will be more aquatic international competitions in Barcelona?

The FCN and RFEN want to organize the 2018 European Water Polo in Barcelona. It is an issue that is still in process, we have the facilities and the support of City Hall. We hope to confirm facing the spring of 2015.

And another World Championship?

I would be happy, it’s very beautiful to be part of these events. A federal and institutional level is more complicated, much money. In fact the last world championship was arranged by accident.


It had to be done in Dubai and in the absence of eighteen months, Dubai announced that they will not do it. It was an emergency and FINA thought of Barcelona. The city is attractive, we have a great capacity for organization and facilities already exist, but that was not anticipated.


Speaking of FINA, how the new regulations can affect water polo?

I do not know. In all international federations such changes are very complicated. And a change like this is not easy, because there are people who cares that the sport remains as it is now, for thus win. It’s a question of hegemony and positions.


Each one maintains its position within the sport. The changes are complicated. And since the first proposal, which provided for major changes, everything has been diluted. If there are changes in the end, the general public will not be displayed.

The legislation is the great debate of the current water polo.

Yes, but I hope the changes made, done right. If the waterpolo want to grow, you must have a regulation that easier, you can understand those who do not know, the general public.