The difference between a goalkeeper and a goalkeeper.

In team sports such as football, hockey, handball, the success of well-coordinated work depends not only on the number of goals scored, but also on the goals conceded. The goalkeeper helps to cope with the attacks of the opponent, whose main task is to prevent the opponent from effectively completing the maneuver. Why is he so often called the goalkeeper? And is there a difference between these concepts?


Goalkeeper - This is a player whose main task is to defend the goal from the attacks of the opposing team. In a number of cases, he has protective equipment (gloves, helmet, mittens), but in some sports (water polo) he can do without it. The goalkeeper is allowed to play with any part of his body to deflect the blow, including his arm, shoulder, etc.

Goalkeeper is the Russian name for the goalkeeper, that is, the player who is at the goal and protects it from enemy attacks. Historically, this word meant a gatekeeper who looked after a certain area. At the moment, only the updated meaning of the term has been preserved, and these concepts have become synonymous.


Thus, these terms are almost 100 percent identical. The only difference is that the goalkeeper is a primordially Russian word that in ancient times meant a profession: something between a watchman and a gatekeeper. Goalkeeper is an English-speaking word, because it is Great Britain that is the birthplace of football, from where the term spread around the world. The rest of the differences are insignificant, these concepts are synonymous.

Both the goalkeeper and the goalkeeper are represented in various team sports. Regardless of equipment, function and limitations, the terms are used interchangeably. Their use allows you to enrich speech and avoid repetition, tautology.


  1. Origin of the term. Goalkeeper is a native Russian word, goalkeeper is English.
  2. Use. Goalkeepers are often talked about in football, goalkeepers - in other team sports, but this difference is not fundamental.