Youth Group Games - Group Games

Balloon Foosball

Seated teams try and hit a balloon over the opposing team into the goal
2 Balloons, chairs
How To Play
Arrange chairs in multiple pairs of rows with each pair having the seats back-to-back. Each row should be roughly 6 chairs long. Have players sit in the chair.

The chairs represent two teams - the direction the chair is facing signifies what team that student is on.

The facilitator drops two balloons in. Players may not stand but must try and hit the balloon over the opposing team to the next row. If a team hits the balloon over the last line of defenders, it counts as a goal.

Typically the game has multiple goals and tends to work well if gameplay does not stop between goals.
62 Ratings
62 Ratings

sounds difficult to arrange -Paul (Jul 9, 2013)

Tried with group of 8; 4 per team. 3 rows (1 set chairs, 2 sets, 1 set). Set another row of empty chairs on each side, balloons had to reach them to score a point. Worked well, except the back-to-back chairs should be spaced @ foot apart. Had a few minor slaps/scrapes from 'behind the head' contacts. -Walter (Nov 3, 2013)

My youth LOVE this game! They are very competitive and ages run from 12-18 so it is fun for all ages. Even the timid ones like this game. There are minor risks -- fingernails! But they love it. My husband is the ref and will randomly move them around to keep the more intense kids from accidentally hitting the timid ones. The most fun to me is when the balloon is in the air and they are all reaching as far as they can while it floats!!! -Denise (Jan 25, 2014)

Also, we have a rule that if their BOTTOM is not in the chair, they go into a penalty box for a short time. This keeps,them from leaning over each other. -Denise (Jan 25, 2014)

Simple to arrange, lots of fun. I concur with spacing the back-to-back rows apart, definitely risk of scratches and scrapes. Everyone loved it though! Even the girl that got her face scratched! -Jeff (Oct 8, 2014)

We played this game in the dark using glow in the dark balloons and glow sticks! LOVE IT! -Rosanne (Apr 25, 2015)

can someone show me a picture of how the chairs are set up? I can't quite picture it.... -sue (Jan 12, 2016)

Played this tonight with the youth group (about 20 kids ages 11-18), and it was a hit across the age range...which isn't always easy to accomplish. Recommended! Note: If you're playing in a room with a rough-textured ceiling, have plenty of balloons on hand. They will pop! -Kathryn (Mar 10, 2016)

Our youth loved this game. Arranged the chairs like a regular foosball table. Was a couple of kids pe side short, but that only made the game more strategic. Started with a big yellow balloon, which was good. Then went to a 1 foot diameter foam ball, which was better. Game with foam ball started with using feet only, but then changed to a variation of handball. Great fun! -Kurt (Aug 25, 2016)

Sue, I had the same problem... I couldn't picture how to set up the chairs. Hope this link helps. ~ Lena -Lena Counts (Jan 1, 2017)

We play a variation of this in our church and call it "pewsball." The kids stand in between the pews and every other row is on a team together. We have played it with beach balls, but I will try it with a balloon, I think it will involve more of the kids that way. -Jenni (Sep 29, 2017)


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