Work the keeperThis post on the language of football explains the meaning of the phrase ‘to work the keeper’, which is a phrase connected with goalkeepers and forwards. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at:

Football Language: Work the keeper

The phrase ‘to work the keeper’, is connected, obviously, with goalkeepers but also with attacking players and how well or badly they shoot at goal. So, for example, if an attacking player has a chance to shoot but misses the goal – he or she may have hit the ball wide or hit the ball over the bar – we say that they didn’t work the keeper – the keeper didn’t have to make a save. To work the keeper then means to shoot on goal; that a shot has been on target.

  • Example: ‘We had a couple of decent chances [in the first leg] but when you can’t work the goalkeeper you can’t score.’ Manchester United manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer from the Telegraph newspaper in April.

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Nick Wiebe 06:19, 30 October 2007 (UTC), edited by Fir0002 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (]

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