Steal the Bacon-Soccer Style

  1. Ball Games
  • Grades 1-2

  • Soccer Balls

Development Goal

To develop eye-foot coordination.

Before You Start

Skills Practiced: Dribbling, shooting, defense, listening and following instructions.

Equipment Needed: Two soccer balls and four cones.

  • Set-up a large rectangular area and note the boundary lines.
  • Place cones at opposite ends of the field to make goals and put the soccer balls in the middle of the field.
  • Stand in a position where you can see the entire play area and the students can easily hear the calls.
  • Teach the rules of the game and have the students explain the game back to you.
  • Review the basic concepts and skills of soccer that you want to reinforce throughout the game.

Set Up

Large rectangular area with clear boundaries.

How to Play

  • Divide the students into two groups.
  • Give each student a number so that each team has a #1, #2, etc.
  • Remember that younger students may have a difficult time remembering their numbers so asking them to show you their number with their fingers will help them remember.
  • Each team sits on opposite sidelines in a line facing each other.
  • For each round, call out a number.
  • The student with that number runs to his/her team’s ball.
  • The student dribbles the ball towards their team’s goal and attempts a shot.
  • If s/he makes it, the team gets a point, and then s/he returns the ball back to the designated team area in the center of the field.
  • Make sure that everyone has a turn at this before using variations.


  • As students’ age and skill level progress, several elements can be added or changed to keep this game interesting and exciting.
  • Two teams can play with one soccer ball so that they are playing against each other and playing defense as well as offense.
  • More than one number can be called at once to encourage passing.