Igor Akinfeev and "Football Land" foundation present KeeperBall project
Igor Akinfeev and his "Football Land" foundation present a new dynamic youth format of universally appealed game - KeeperВall

Domestic football tradition is a strong goalkeepers' school. Names of the best goalkeepers of our land have become the part of world's football history.

The evidence of recognition of domestic goalkeepers' school was the establishment of the special annual award named after legendary Lev Yashin by the French journal France Football for awarding of the world's best goalkeeper which was presented for the first time on the 2nd of December 2019 during a traditional official ceremony of FIFA dedicated to the Golden Ball presentation. .

Igor Akinfeev points out: "The purpose of KeeperBall is to popularize our outstanding goalkeepers' achievements among young people, preserve continuance of domestic goalkeepers' school traditions and search for new talents...".

KeeperBall game format provides for 2 periods of 15-minute "net time", limitation of ball possession time and on the top of that is winner definition in the series of 7 penalty shootouts. Series of shootouts is performed taking into account the team playing in regulation: team win with the difference of 1 to 3 shots is considered as one penalty rifled in the series, with difference of more than 3 shots is considered as 2 rifled penalties. Therefore, goalkeeper's playing becomes decisive and viewer can experience an intrigue in struggle between field players and goalkeeper many times.

"When we address Russian football history, - Igor Akinfeev continues, - we find that virtually all goalkeepers capped by national teams of the USSR and Russia in World and Europe championships represented Moscow football clubs at that point in time: Aleksey Khomich, Lev Yashin, Vladimir Pilguy, Alexander Uvarov - Dinamo, Vladimir Maslachenko, Rinat Dasaev, Stanislav Cherchesov - Spartak, Anzor Kavazashvili - Torpedo and Spartak, Ruslan Nigmatullin, Sergey Ovchinnikov - Lokomotiv, Dmitry Kharin, Vladimir Gabulov - CSKA…

Therefore, Moscow is the center of Soviet and Russian goalkeepers' traditions, a real "Goalkeepers' capital".

Igor Akinfeev appealed to the Government of Moscow on behalf of Football Land foundation with a suggestion to take the first KeeperВall event presentation involving youth football teams of the capital administrative districts in the territory of Luzhniki after cancellation of all sanitary-and-epidemiologic limitations.

This suggestion met with a response from the city authorities.

Support from Moscow as a global capital which brilliantly organized the World Championship 2018 as well as a broad international recognition of domestic goalkeepers' school give reason to believe that original conception of KeeperBall by Igor Akinfeev designed to increase young people's interest to football as an active form of leisure activity and healthy lifestyle will quickly become popular in Russia and abroad.
How the idea of KEEPERBALL was born
It is no secret that many matches in modern football are often played at a slow pace and most of the time spectators simply watch the players slowly pass the ball to each other, and the goalkeepers "get bored" at the goal. All this sharply reduces the entertainment of the game, increases the number of so-called "run-of-the-mill" matches, which do not arouse the interest of fans. It is no coincidence that in football circles, including at the official level, various options for football reforms are being discussed, designed to increase the intensity and entertainment of the game.
u The most interesting thing in football is the goals for which the game itself is played. After all, it is no coincidence that penalty shoot-outs are especially popular among spectators, the role of which is steadily increasing in modern football. EURO2020 is a striking example of this. In four playoff games, including a dramatic and super-spectacular finals, the winner was determined in a penalty shootout.
uTherefore, the idea was born to try to modify the rules so that the main indicator of the game was performance. The confrontation between defense and attack, field players and goalkeepers, goalkeepers and field players dueling during a football match and when taking penalties are always the culmination of the game and arouse the greatest interest of the fans.
uThe Football Land Foundation proposes a new format of football - KeeperBall, in which the role of goalkeepers has been greatly increased, enhancing the spectacle of attacking team actions and the game as a whole by limiting team time possession of the ball and considering only "net" playing time while reducing the overall duration of the match.
Main principles

1. The increase in the intensity of the game is achieved by:

- time limits for team possession of the ball

(including standard positions);

- introduction of the concept of "pure playing time";

- reducing the size of the playing field;

- reducing the number of players on the field.

2. Increasing the effectiveness of the game and increasing the role of the goalkeeper is achieved through:

- increasing the pace of the game and its attacking character;

- the introduction of mandatory penalty shootouts to determine the final result of the game;

- introduction of a rule for setting off the difference between goals scored and conceded in the game when a penalty shootout is hit.

1. Number of football players 10 x 10 (9 field + goalkeeper) in the team's application - up to 16 players
2. Number of substitutions per match 4 + 1 forced The fifth substitution is allowed as a forced substitution (due to a player's injury)
3. Field size ~ 67-77 m x 64-75 m * * Subject to standard soccer field ** In case the available field is less than the standard one, the length of the playing field is determined by the actual distance between the end lines of the penalty areas, and the width - by the actual side lines The length of a standard football field is limited by the end lines of the penalty areas, which are reduced by ~ 33 m. (16.5 m on each side)
4. Goal size 5 x 2 m * the goals are installed on the end lines of the penalty areas of a standard football field
5. Distance from goal to penalty spot 8 m
6. Ball size standard 5 ball circumference 68-70 cm
7. Match time 30 min* (2 halves x 15 min.) * "pure" playing time "pure" playing time is the time when the ball is in motion within the playing field The time when the ball is in the hands of the goalkeeper, or set for kick outs, penalties and corners - does not count 8. Limiting team possession of the ball no more than 30 seconds in their own half of the field no more than 90 seconds in the opponent's half of the field.
9. Time limit when performing standard actions: -kick-off by the goalkeeper
The time for the goalkeeper to take the ball into play is no more than 5 seconds from the moment the ball is in the hands of a field player or the goalkeeper. In case of delay in time by the goalkeeper, he is given a warning (in case of a repeated violation - removal). In the event of a delay in the execution time of the out, the right of the out passes to the opponent. To ensure a quick entry of the ball into the game, at least 6 baskets/stands with spare balls are installed around the entire perimeter of the field: one each to the right and left of the goal and along the side lines Time control is carried out by the judge-timekeeper
10. Method of kick-in In their own half of the field - with their feet On someone else's half of the field - with their hands
11. Method of throwing the ball from the goal With feet and hands
12. Number of judges 4 Field Judge, Line Judges (2), Timekeeper Judge
13. Determining the winner of the match The winner is determined in a series of 7 penalty shootouts If during the regular time of the match one of the teams wins with a difference of 1 to 3 goals - it gets a handicap of +1 in the penalty shootout With a difference of 4 to 5 goals - +2 handicap in the penalty shootout With a difference of 6 goals - a handicap of +3 in a penalty shootout If there is a difference of 7 or more goals, no penalty will be awarded. In the event of an equal number of goals after the end of the series of 7 penalties, the series continues until one of the teams gains an advantage (until the first miss). If there is a difference of 7 or more goals in the playing time, the winning team is declared the winner
14. Penalty execution rules Penalty shot from a distance of 8 m The first penalty kick in the series is taken by the who were on the field at the time of the end of the match The winning team has the right to choose the order of the penalty kick In case of a draw in the game, the right to take the penalty is determined by the drawing of lots

Dear friends!
We would like to discuss KeeperBall project with all votaries of football. It is important for us to know opinions of both football professionals and usual viewers for which the game exists. What do you think about KeeperBall concept itself, suggested rules, competition format and future KeeperBall league?... We will be happy to receive your comments and suggestions to take them into account at project development stage.
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