EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Sweeper Keeper

The Rules

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.

Objectives

Encourages playing out from defence and retaining possession using the keeper.

Key Skills

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.

Set Up

Area: 60×40 yards pitch with halfway line and two 5 yard end zones
Players: 12
Equipment: Balls

Pass-Run-Ground Covered-Dribble

Sweeper Keeper Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 1

The objective is to get the ball from one keeper to the other and back again.

 

Sweeper Keeper Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 2

The ball must be returned to the starting sweeper keeper at least once.

 

Sweeper Keeper Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 3

Encourage flighted passing and keeper
movement to stretch play.

What To Call Out

“Find the keeper”
“React”
“Angles”
“Find space”

Development

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.

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