Keep Away Soccer
Under 10 minutes
To develop eye-foot coordination, communication and cooperation.
Skills Practiced: Kicking, passing, trapping and spatial awareness.
Before You Start
- Set up an area with clear boundaries, using lines or cones.
- Explain the rules of the game and ask students to explain the game back to you.
- Review the basic soccer rules that you are reinforcing with this game.
- Explain and demonstrate the concepts of passing with the side of your foot, moving within the field unguarded by a player on the other team, calling for a pass, spreading out and safe defense, all without touching.
How to Play
- Split students into two teams.
- Have one or both teams wear jerseys so players can tell who is on each team.
- Begin with three or fours players keeping it away from one player.
- As the players become more comfortable with the ball, the teams can be made more even.
- For the lower skill levels, begin with a keep away game from only one or two players rotating them periodically.
- Players try to keep possession of the ball by passing the ball to their teammates.
- The team that does not have possession attempts to regain the ball and keep the ball away from the other team.
- Points can be given if teams make a certain number of passes before the other team touches the ball.
- Assign players a position so they have a spot on the field where they know they should play near.