Play Soccer Games - Introduction
Hello and welcome to my free fun soccer games article.
After reading the information provided here you will be able to play soccer games that are small sided and that will work on developing skills for every age soccer player.
Soccer is a sport played with 11 against 11 players or if you are into playing futsal or indoor soccer than that number changes to 5 vs 5 or 6 vs 6.
This does not mean that fun soccer games can only be played when there is more than 10 players participating because there are many other fun soccer games that can be played with as few as 2 friends or in some cases you only need a soccer ball to be able to play free soccer games by yourself.
Most of fun soccer games listed below I grew up playing with my friends when I was young and growing up in Europe, however I have not seen people play these small sided soccer games here in America so I decided to share :)
This is probably because soccer is still in its development stages here in the United States but it brings a smile to my face every time I pass past a public park and see kids playing soccer and having lots of fun doing it.
Soccer is quickly gaining popularity here in United States and it wont be long before it gets to a whole new level of competition and a lot bigger fan base.
How do you play soccer???
Play soccer games by simply picking up a soccer ball and kicking it around :)))
Find a wall and practice your passing by simply kicking the ball with every part of your foot to get the feel for the soccer ball and than jogging left and right to trap the ball once it bounces back off the wall.
You don't need a team or 20 people to play soccer games for fun.
Just juggling the ball up in the air is considered playing soccer to me and it develops the players touch greatly.
You don't play soccer by reading but by simply taking a soccer ball, going outside and kicking it around by yourself or with friends.
This is how every famous soccer player started building their arsenal of skills.
Soccer ball was their toy and playing with their toy every day got them to master the ball and become great soccer players.
You can choose what to call these fun soccer practice games as you set them up to play soccer games with friends or on your own.
Just for the fun of it I will name all of these soccer practice games as I called them growing up and playing soccer games in Bosnia :)
Play Soccer Games #1
Igraj se sa zidom (Play with the wall)
This soccer practice game is very easy to do and all you need is the will to play and a soccer ball.
Having a friend or a teammate to play soccer games with is optional but can be more fun when played by two people rather than by yourself.
Simply find a wall that is preferably made of concrete and start to play soccer game by kicking the ball against it.
You can draw up the goal on the wall and try to aim where you want to kick the ball.
Use the inside and outside of your foot and also use every part of your body except hands to trap the ball once it bounces back.
Make it more complicated by trying to use one touch passing or two touch trap and pass.
If you have a friend to play with you can add a rule that each person kicks the ball and the ball can only bounce once before the second player kicks it or that the player has to trap the ball with one touch and pass it back off the wall with the second touch.
Play to 10 points and than have the looser go get water, do sprints or whatever you decide to play for.
Having a prize for winning makes people want to try harder.
Play Soccer Games #2
Count up how many people want to play this soccer game and than draw up squares or just mark the squares 5-8 yds x 5-8 yds for each player.
So if you have 4 players you will mark 4 different squares for each of the players.
Every player will occupy one square and cannot cross over inside the other players square.
The game is started with one player stepping outside of the square, bouncing the ball once in his/her own square and than playing the ball over to one of the other players squares.
Once the ball is in play, it can only bounce once in any of the other players squares before that player attempts to play the ball into somebody elses square.
If the ball bounces more than once, than the player occupying that square gets one point against him/her and that player restarts the play by serving the ball from the outside of the square.
If the ball is passed and it lands outside of the square, than the player that passed the ball gets a point against him/her and is the one restarting the play from outside the box.
Lines are part of the square and should be played as such.
You can play up to 10 points and whatever player gets 10 points against them has to sit out and wait until there is only one player left, who will also be the winner of the squares.
The player that has the point scored against him/her is the one that serves the ball back into play.
Play Soccer Games #3
Picigeni (Not really sure how to translate this one :))))
This fun soccer practice game requires a minimum of 3 and maximum of 8 players.
Start off by marking a small goal about 2 yds wide.
Juggle the ball to decide which player will start in goal.
Once the goalie position is decided, that player will step inside the goal with the rest of the players taking positions in front of the goal.
You can make this soccer game 1 touch, 2 touch or unlimited touches.
The goalie will attempt to save any shots on goal or intercept the passing of the other players while they play one touch passes and take one touch shots on goal.
Whoever has their shot blocked or pass intercepted will trade places with goalie.
Each time a goal is scored, it counts as one point against that player.
Play to 8 goals and whichever player gets 8 goals scored on him/her loses the game and has to do something like sprints, pushups, situps or whatever you and your friends decide the losing player should do.
Growing up I used to play with my friends and whichever player lost the game had to turn around, bend over and take kicks from all the players participating.
We would place the ball 10-15 yards away from him/her and each player would take a chance to aim at the loosing players butt :)))
This punishment for loosing made all the players want to play a lot harder to avoid being target practice after the game was finished hehe
You can make this soccer game even more challenging by adding the rule that whoever makes a mistake and takes the position in goal will also take that goalies points against him/her.
When the goalie has 7 points against him/her and the game is played to 8 points, players will be under pressure not to make a mistake and go in goal at the very last point because the goalie points transfer over to whoever makes a mistake and goes in goal.
Play Soccer Games #4
Viktorija (Not really sure how to translate this one either lol)
Gather a group of friends and find a field with or without the goal.
If there is no goal than make one by simply placing two bags or shoes to mark the posts.
Playing this soccer game is best when there is an odd number of players.
For example if you have 7 people trying to play soccer games it makes it hard to make teams as one team will always end up having an extra player.
Playing this game with 7 people is perfect as there will be one player playing goalie while the other 6 players are split up into 3 vs 3.
The goalie will stand in goal and start the play by turning around opposite of the players and throwing the ball high up in the air.
Once the ball is thrown by the goalie, players will start playing normal 3 vs 3 game with only one goalie playing for both teams, or at least playing with both teams defensively.
Players can choose if they want to play with unlimited touches or simple 1 or 2 touch soccer.
Adding the rule that if you take the ball away from the other team when really close to the goal, that team must first take the ball outside the marked area before being able to attack the goal.
This rule will make the game more interesting as the goals will not be easy to score having to come back outside of the marked area before attacking the goal.
Mark the area wherever you'd like, preferably 10-15 yds away from the goal.
Point system is used and you should play to 8 points to decide the winner.
Make some punishment drills or a reward for the winning team to make the game more interesting.
Sprints, pushups, situps or all three loosing players bending over and being target practice for the winning team whose each player will take one shot to try and hit any of the loosing players butt's :)
Play Soccer Games #5
Find one or two friends that want to play soccer games with you on developing the touch for the ball.
Simply start by throwing the ball up to your friend and have him return it with his head.
Try and keep the ball up in the air using only your heads and count how many times you can keep the ball up in the air.
Every time you reach a maximum number of heading the ball to each other, be it 2, 5, 10, 20 or more is a great success but than you should try and brake that record.
Over time you would be surprised how much longer you will be able to keep the ball up in the air with your heads without having the ball drop to the ground.
As you get comfortable with heading the ball, start using both sides of the head for more challenging heading practice.
Play Soccer Games #6
Find few friends to play soccer with or you can do this on your own.
Start juggling the ball and counting how many times you can kick the ball without it dropping down on the ground.
Use every part of your body except hands.
This means that depending on your skill level you will want to start juggling the ball with your feet but as you get more comfortable with juggling the ball using only feet you should start using inside and outside of your foot, both shoulders, both thighs and your head to keep the ball up in the air.
Always try and aim to brake your own record of how many times you can kick the ball without it dropping down on the ground.
If you have friends with you, than you can play this soccer game by juggling the ball up in the air and passing it to each other without letting the ball touch the ground.
If this is too challenging than make a rule that the ball can only bounce once on the floor.
Try and juggle the ball 3-5 times before returning it to your friend who will do the same.
Juggling improves players foot/eye coordination improving also the touch on the ball and dribbling skills.
Play soccer games anywhere and anytime you have a soccer ball and few friends willing to have fun.
Come up with your own fun soccer games using your imagination and your will to get better.
HAVE FUN AND NEVER STOP PLAYING SOCCER :)
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