Primary skill they use is, needless to say, Goalkeeping (or keeper). They also make use out of being good at Defending, whilst Set Pieces is a good secondary skill, but only to save free kicks and penalties.
Some teams used to choose them as a set pieces taker, but this option was disallowed in season 37 (October 2008).
In detail, skill contribution is:
- 87% of his Goalkeeping to Central Defence and 61% to Side Defence,
- 35% his 'Defending to Central Defence and 25% to Side Defence.
Regarding influence on ratings, a level of Goalkeeping is equivalent to about 3 levels of Defending for a goalkeeper.
He has no Individual orders or Agglomeration Penalties.
- Unpredictable GK : Unpredictable Long Pass is the only Special Event that a Goalkeeper can get. This SE needs Passing skill to trigger.