A goalkeeper is a player, included in the squad, in sports which require scoring goals. Also known as a goaltender, net minder, goalie or keeper, the basic job of a goalkeeper is to prevent the opposing team from scoring a goal by inserting the ball into their respective net. Games like hurling, soccer, Gaelic football, international rules football, handball, field hockey, ice hockey, netball, water polo, bandy, lacrosse, floorball etc require the use of a goalkeeper.

In any game requiring the scoring of a goal, a goalkeeper can use his or her hands, legs, sticks, head etc. to avoid the penetration of a goal inside his or her team’s goal post.  

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