20 Awesome Soccer Save GIFs

It’s good to have a skilled goalie in soccer who can make big saves, but not as important as in a sport like hockey, and probably not nearly as important as one would assume. In hockey, after all, there are usually 15-30 shots on goal per game, and with the net being just 6 feet by 4 feet, a goalie’s skill can make all the difference. But in soccer, sometimes a goalie will only see 1 or 2 shots a game, and with the goal being 24 feet by 8 feet, often there will be nothing a guy can do to keep the ball out of the net.

However, every once in a while, the goalie can be the most important player in the game—like when he gets the opportunity to make a huge save, and he actually comes through. And these relatively rare occasions provide some of the most exciting plays the sport of soccer has to offer.

So today we celebrate the soccer save with this list. Some of the saves are incredible, others are lucky, and others still are flat out hilarious. But they all show the importance of goalies…sometimes.