How to play this rotational style soccer game, perfect for recess!

It is all too common for playgrounds to have dozens of children ready to play soccer, but widely varying skills, a small space and arguments prevailing. One way to give more opportunites for students to get their foot on the ball is to vary the game. This week’s game is rotational, fun and inclusive. The Game of the Week is Three Lines Soccer!

Group Size:

Large group (10 or more)

Age Group:

Grades 1+

Length of Activity:

10 minutes or more

Developmental Goal:

To develop teamwork and communication.


One soccer ball, three cones, two soccer goals (or four more cone to form a goal) and marked boundaries.
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 position soccer goals 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 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.

Find more new and exciting games in our games database!



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