The Average Goalkeeper Height

By David Nield

Goalkeepers are, as the name suggests, charged with protecting the goal in a variety of team sports, including soccer. The average height of the goalkeepers in three of the most prominent leagues in the world -- The Premier League in England, La Liga in Spain and Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States -- is 1.89m (6 feet, 2 inches), as of 2010.

The Premier League (England)

The Premier League in England consists of 20 clubs. The average height of the 20 first-string (or first-choice) goalkeepers is 1.92m (6 feet, 3 inches). The tallest are Manchester United's Edwin Van Der Sar and Stoke City's Asmir Begovic, who are both 1.98m (6 feet, 6 inches). The shortest goalkeeper is West Bromwich Albion's Scott Carson, who is 1.83m (6 feet).

La Liga (Spain)

Goalie in front of goal

La Liga in Spain consists of 20 clubs. The average height of the first-choice goalkeepers is 1.87m (6 feet, 1 inch). The tallest goalkeeper is Racing Santander's Fabio Coltorti, who is 1.97m (6 feet, 5 inches). The shortest goalkeeper is Real Madrid's Iker Casillas, who is 1.82m (5 feet, 11 inches).

Major League Soccer (United States)

Soccer goalie

The Major League Soccer league in the U.S. consists of 16 clubs. The average height of the first-choice goalkeepers is 1.89m (6 feet, 2 inches). The tallest goalkeeper is Toronto FC's Jon Conway, who is 1.98m (6 feet, 6 inches). The shortest goalkeeper is San Jose Earthquakes' Jon Busch, who is 1.78m (5 feet, 10 inches).

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About the Author

An information technology journalist since 2002, David Nield writes about the Web, technology, hardware and software. He is an experienced editor, proofreader and copywriter for online publications such as CNET, TechRadar and Gizmodo. Nield holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and lives in Manchester, England.

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