Three Lines Soccer

  1. Ball Games
  2. Recess Games
  3. Rotational Games
  • Any Size

  • Grades 1-2

  • Balls

  • 10 minutes or more

Development Goal

To develop teamwork and communication.

Skills Practiced: Dribbling, kicking, trapping, shooting and passing.

Before You Start

  • Explain the rules of the game and the basic rules of soccer.
  • Ask the players to explain the rules of play back to you.

Set Up

Place three cones along one sideline of a field, mark boundaries and create soccer goals with cones on either end.

How to Play

  • Have everyone stand in three single-file lines, one behind each cone.
  • The first player in each line steps onto the field and form a team of three.
  • The second player in each line steps onto the other side of the field and form a team of three.
  • One player from each team plays a game of Rock Paper Scissors to determine who will kick off.
  • Other players in line wait their turn to play while cheering.
  • The object of the game is to be the first team to score.

The following rules apply:

  • When a point is scored, that team stays on the field and the next three in line step on the field as a team. This oncoming team gets to kick off the ball.
  • The team that did not score returns to the end of their respective line.
  • After a set time frame (such as two minutes) if a point is not scored, have players waiting in line count down from ten, nine, eight, etc.
  • If a team wins three times in a row they have earned three claps and return to the end of the line.


  • Players must pass the ball to every teammate before they score.
  • Play with just one goal. Teams who steal the ball while on defense must pass the ball one or more times before they can shoot.