Crab Soccer

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

  • Grades 1-2

  • Balls

  • 10 minutes or more

Development Goal

To work on eye-foot coordination and teamwork.

Before You Start

  • Divide the group into two teams with two goalies.
  • Explain the crab position (both hands and feet touching the ground, with stomachs toward the ceiling/sky)

Set Up

One large rectangular playing area, preferably in a gym with marked goals.

How to Play

  • Only movement in the crab position is allowed for the entire game.
  • Players can only kick or hit the ball with their feet and/or head;€“ no hands are allowed.
  • The leader drops the ball in the center of the field for a kick-off to begin the game, as well as after each point is scored.
  • Each team is trying to put the ball into the opposing team’€™s goal.
  • If the ball goes out of bounds, the leader throws it back into play.


Add more balls and/ or goals to the game