Crab Soccer

3.5 stars
Split up into two teams.  Each team lines up on one side of a small soccer field, with goals at either end.  The goals can be proper goals or two chairs; The field can be any size - it depends on the size of your group but it can be half the size of a basketball court.  

Players on both teams are assigned a number, starting at "1" on each team.  

Put the soccer ball in the very middle of the field, then have the umpire call out a number.  The team members who have been assigned the number crab walk to the centre and try and kick the soccer ball through for a goal.  

When a goal is scored, return the ball to the centre and start again.  If the ball gets stuck or kids are taking too long, call another number and the original pair return to the line.  

To introduce variety - call two numbers (meaning 4 kids are playing soccer)

  • Free / Low Cost
  • Night
  • Ice breaker
  • Team Building Teamwork
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Outdoor
  • Primary or Elementary School
  • Teens (Age 12-15)
  • Teens (Age 16-18)
  • Young Adults

Group Size
  • Small Groups (1-9 people)
  • Medium (10-29 people)
  • Large groups (30+)

  • Medium (11-29 mins)
  • Short (1-10 minutes)
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Possibly another option is to just have 2 teams going at it doing the crab walk but use a bit moe space
- Dave (21 May 2008)

My youth kids loved this game! Thanks for your help!
- Josh (28 Sep 2009)

we play this game with a balloon and a rolled up newspaper as a bat, balloon mustn't touch the ground - great fun!
- sal (8 Jul 2011)

I loved playing this game as a kid :)
- Jon (4 Oct 2011)

I played this with my group of children.

We play it a little different, instead of a whole field we have the kids sit in a wide circle with the ball in the middle. The goal of the game is to kick the ball over the heads of those still in the circle. It works best with a large exercise ball.

Those who are still in the circle may kick the ball but they cannot move from their spot. A very fun game, all the kids have a wonderful time playing it!
- Mina (17 Sep 2012)

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