The aim of this study was to present a model which shows the efficiency of the goalkeepers’ actions in soccer based on observations of 12 direct elimination matches during the 2010 World Cup, the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2011 Copa America. Data was recorded on observational sheet template designed by the author. Goalkeepers’ actions, efficiency and reliability, during both offensive and defensive actions, were subject to examination. The study found that during offensive actions, for goalkeepers the most effective actions are those of taking control of the field of play and keeping possession of the ball. Whereas creating a goal scoring opportunity represents only a small percentage of their actions. Defensive actions are generally performed individually by goalkeepers and they are the most reliable while catching the ball.