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Joe Hart: Positioning for direct free-kicks

Few moments generate as much anticipation and excitement as a free-kick on the edge of the box.

The deadball specialist marches over to claim ownership of the set piece. The referee marks out 10 yards for the wall. After some jostling and discussion the kicker gets ready for their run up. They take aim. The crowd draws a collective breath.

While all of this is happening the goalkeeper is preparing for the incoming missile. How are they going to stop this free shot at goal? How are they going to out manoeuvre this sharp shooter – who has spent hours practicing their free-kicks – from sticking this in the back of the net?

For Manchester City and England No.1, Joe Hart, there are a number of key things a goalkeeper has to do in this situation.

To find out what they are just press play and let Hart tell you himself.

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For more football tips see:
Joe Hart: How to win one-on-ones
Joe Hart: Positioning at corners
Joe Hart's guide to all-round keeping excellence
Boss the penalty box
Victor Valdes' guide to collecting crosses
Victor Valdes' guide to handling