A tall goalkeeper can be quite intimidating for a penalty taker. Is there any research or statistics that actually shows that there is a correlation between goalkeeper height and penalty save rate?

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    Question: are we talking physical saves - or are you counting a miss as a save?
    – ImClarky
    Jul 7, 2021 at 10:13
  • Good point @ImClarky. I imagine some penalty takers would attempt to shoot higher (which is risky) if the goalkeeper is tall. Reason being that a taller goalkeeper can cover lower corners better (I think). Although it is very subjective, I personally think that a penalty miss is to some extend a goalkeeper's achievement. So, miss = save (especially, if you consider the intimidation factor that may cause additional stress and different/riskier style of penalty taking).
    – gdrt
    Jul 7, 2021 at 10:25
  • I don't think this can be answered with science. There are too many factors and every situation is different, even with the same players taking or saving the penalty.
    – dly
    Jul 7, 2021 at 14:21
  • @dly, why not? A starting point would be a data source with historical penalty data including the information on result of the penalty shot and goalkeeper name (height info could be accessed automatically from wikipedia). I see this as an interesting task to myself. Also maybe someone else too wants to get their hands dirty with data :)
    – gdrt
    Jul 7, 2021 at 21:47
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    @dly this is why I was asking for correlation. Correlation doesn't state anything about causes or effects, it just shows relationship between variables.
    – gdrt
    Jul 8, 2021 at 12:31


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