Knock-Down Soccer

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

  • Grades 1-2

  • Cones

  • 10 minutes or more

Development Goal

To develop eye-foot coordination, communication and teamwork.

Before You Start

  • Set up a large rectangular area with boundary lines. 
  • Set up a row of four to five cones at opposite ends of the soccer field approximately two feet apart.
  • Explain the rules of the game and ask the students to explain the game back to you.
  • Review the basic soccer skills you are trying to reinforce throughout the game.
  • Demonstrate passing and trapping with the inside of the foot.


Set Up

Large rectangular area with boundary lines and a row of cones on opposite ends of the field. Gather equipment needed -- two to four soccer balls, eight to ten cones and jerseys.

How to Play

  • Divide the group into two groups with some visible way of recognizing who is on what team (ex: light shirts / dark shirts or jerseys).
  • The object of the game is to knock down your opponent’s cones with a soccer ball.
  • Cones only count if it is a soccer ball that knocks them down. 
  • After a player has knocked a cone down, s/he picks up the cone, takes it to her/his side of the field, and lines it up next to her/his teams'€™ own row of cones. 
  • The game ends when one team has all of the cones on their side of the field. 
  • There should be at least two balls in play so that all the students are engaged in part of the game. 


The more advanced the children become, the more balls you can add to the game.