Getting back into the swing of training every week can be hard work. Certainly for me when faced with a dozen U9 players training last night was very stop/start as players got their legs working again and tried to pass and receive. MORE
The sweeping keeper in the end zone can use the full width of the pitch.
The aim is for a team to get the ball from one keeper to the other and back again. A point is scored each time this is achieved. The first team to score ten points wins.
Before attempting to get the ball to the opposite end, it must be returned to the starting keeper at least once.
Initially only two defenders can be in the defending half to encourage success and awareness of space. Keepers play for either team when in possession. Keepers can catch or control the pass from the opposite end zone but they can only use their feet or head from a back pass.
Encourages playing out from defence and retaining possession using the keeper.
Keeper – eye on the ball, move into line, good footwork, control techniques, distribution and support angles.
Outfield – reactions, creation of space, distance of support, awareness of defenders, communication, technique of pass forward or back.
Area: 60×40 yards pitch with halfway line and two 5 yard end zones
What To Call Out
“Find the keeper”
Insist on a certain type of distribution and control from the keeper such as feet or chest to control and passing only with the feet.
Allow the players to move freely around the whole pitch and encourage the team in possession to try and stretch the play using different passes like clipping the ball slightly off the ground.