Find the Keeper

The Rules

Divide the players so that you have 5 players and a goalkeeper in each end zone.

The players number themselves 1 to 5 and attempt to retain possession from the goalkeeper by passing in sequence.

Players must shout out their number when they are looking to receive the ball (encouraging communication). And the player in possession should be encouraged to dribble with the ball or protect it from the goalkeeper until a call is heard.

The goalkeepers may win the ball through interception with their hands or feet, or by tackling a player in possession.

Ten passes wins a point for the team. See which team can score most points in ten minutes.

Teams can change numbers halfway through to confuse goalkeepers.

Main Objectives

Possession play and accuracy of long passing.

Set Up

Area: 45×30 yards divided into 3 15×30 yard zones
Players: 12
Equipment: Cones, balls

Find the Keeper Drill for 9 to 11 Year Olds- part 1

Five players and a goalkeeper start in each end zone.


Find the Keeper Drill for 9 to 11 Year Olds- part 2

The players pass in sequence, the goalkeeper
tries to intercept.


Find the Keeper Drill for 9 to 11 Year Olds- part 3

In the progression the players must make a
long pass to their goalkeeper.

What To Call Out

“Find space”
“Pass quickly”
“Find the keeper”


Allow players to pass in any sequence. Now, on your call they must look for the first opportunity to pass across the empty zone to their goalkeeper in the other zone. The goalkeeper can catch or control the ball with feet. Defenders can intercept the ball but not tackle the goalkeeper.

Finally, allow defenders to move into the middle zone to force the long pass to be made over the top of them.


You can play 6v2 in the end zones which makes retaining possession more difficult but gives an option for the long pass.

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