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Keeper sweeper

Goalkeepers have to be alert even if they don’t have a lot to do in some games. Any attack on their goal can be prevented by early action such as interrupting long balls to sweep away danger.

What this session is about

  1. Being an extra defender.

What to think about

  • Where should the goalkeeper stand? If the ball is in the far attacking third of the pitch, he should be in the front third of penalty area. If the ball is in the middle of the pitch, he should be in the middle third of the penalty area and if the ball is any closer to him, the goalkeeper should be near the goal line.
  • Decision making – coming out depends on the position/speed of the ball, defenders and attackers.
  • Communication – shout “Keeper’s!” or “Away!”
  • Receiving, passing and clearance techniques.

Set-up

Use an area 25 yards long by 20 yards wide for the session, and 50 yards long by 30 yards wide for the development and game.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

In a 3v3 game, one player from each team is the designated keeper. Mark out two five-yard zones from either goal as areas where the keeper can handle the ball.

It will soon become obvious to both teams that the goalkeeper becomes a valuable passing option and can create a 3v2 overload situation.

Encourage the keepers/sweepers to leave their areas

Encourage the keepers/sweepers to leave their areas


Development

Play a small-sided game in a bigger area. Team A plays with no restrictions.

Limit team B to three passes before they have to shoot. The restriction means the keeper/sweeper of team A will see a lot of ball and you can watch him and give plenty of advice.

After five minutes, switch the restriction from team B to team A to study the other goalkeeper.

One team is limited to three passes before they must shoot or pass forward. This means the opposition goalkeeper sees plenty of the ball.

One team is limited to three passes before they must shoot or pass forward. This means the opposition goalkeeper sees plenty of the ball.


Game situation

Again, play a small-sided game but remove the restrictions which were imposed in the “development” section and add an offside rule (assuming your team plays with the offside rule).

The keeper/sweeper can handle the ball in his penalty area but should work on coming out of the area to be an extra passing option or, if under attack, to sweep any danger away.

See “What to think about” for the positioning of the keeper/sweeper.

Take away previous restrictions and add a penalty box for each keeper/sweeper. Use the offside rule too.

Take away previous restrictions and add a penalty box for each keeper/sweeper. Use the offside rule too.


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