21 Football

  1. Ball Games
  2. Readiness Games
  • Large Group (10 and up)

  • Ages 6-10

  • Balls

  • 10 minutes or more

Development Goal

To practice catching and throwing while being defended and defending areas of a field.

Before You Start

  • Split group into two teams and use different colored jerseys to distinguish each team.
  • Remind kids to keep their head and eyes up to prevent running into another person.

Set Up

  • Designate a large rectangular play area with clear boundaries and four or more zones marked lengthwise by cones.

How to Play

  • The object of the game is for teams to score 21 points by completing passes in different areas of the field.
  • One team begins on the line of scrimmage and attempts to complete a pass within a zone to score points.
  • The teams switch from offense to defense after every four passes.
  • All players must stay within the field.
  • The defending team will cover the offensive team players and try to hold them to as few points as possible.
  • The quarterback must stand behind the line of scrimmage.
  • Points are scored for a catch at certain positions on the field and are determined by the zone in which the ball is caught, not where the player runs.
  • If a defensive team intercepts (catches) the ball from the offensive team, the defensive team scores three points.


  • Also called “In the Zone”