I'm watching a football match, and a black goalkeeper is guarding one of the goals. This seems to be very rare by my observation.

For example, in the 100m dash, all the recent Olympic and World champions have had Afro-Caribbean ancestry.

Why are so few goalkeepers at high level football black? Is there reputable scientific evidence that indicates a physiological difference between the different races which impacts their goalkeeping ability, or is the difference down to cultural factors?

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    There isn't much science in it, since it's all about training. I'll try to post a more detailed answer when I have more time (if someone else didn't already post an equal answer in the meantime). – dly Oct 21 '18 at 20:36
  • Saying 100m is dominated by black athletes is a massive oversimplification. It's dominated by athletes of caribbean descent, a very small subset of black athletes. – AndyT Nov 28 '18 at 14:54
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    Probably the same reason there are less white runningbacks in the NFL. Society's prejudices come out with kids at a very very early age and kids are typecasted into positions on the sports they play. Sure there are kids that break the mold. But if you are white playing football and have speed you will quickly be put into a LB, safety, WR, QB position... And I am sure black kids playing soccer will be put into a position that supposedly uses their "speed" more instead of goalie. Chance has a much greater effect than anatomy. – Coach-D Jan 2 '19 at 16:45
  • Please guys, remember the story of the Golden Tooth: you need to observe a event before trying to explain it. Has it ever been observed that there is "too few black goalkeepers" in high level football? – Bebs Sep 27 '19 at 8:20

Its just a choice they make when they first start playing. Most of black football players tend to play strikers, midfielders, or defenders. There's definitely a big number of black goalkeepers it's just that they might not be playing in big clubs at the moment (Although there are some that do).

Steve Mandanda - Marseille & France National Team
Carlos Kameni - Fenerbahçe SK (Turkey)
Francis Uzoho - Elche CF

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  • I'm actually a Fenebahçe fan, so I personally know Kameni. But as I said, there is a huge difference and this cannot be explained with your way; it's my thought. Somehow there must be a physical or mental determinant. – Arda Oğul Üçpınar Sep 27 '19 at 16:46

I think there's also a reverse bias / selection reason. When a certain group is known for certain qualities, either due to fact or stereotypes, the market is more willing to hire people from that group for certain positions, and people from that group in turn are more likely to engage in career path that lead to that certain position.

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