Keep Away Soccer

  1. Ball Games
  • Any Size

  • Grades 1-2

  • Balls

  • Less Than 10 minutes

Development Goal

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.