Youth Group Games - Group Games

Circle Soccer

A circle game where players try to throw a soccer ball between legs.
Soccer ball
How To Play
Players form a circle, with all the players facing the center of the circle. All players should have their feet spread so there is about 3 feet from leg to leg. Players feet should be right up against the feet of the person standing next to them.

One player starts by holding a soccer ball and throwing it across the circle, trying to get the ball through another person's legs. The person who the ball is thrown at is trying to block the ball from going in between his or her legs.

If the ball does go between a players legs, that player then has to turn around so they are facing out from the center of the circle. That player then continues playing but has to play backwards.

If a backwards player has the ball go between their legs, they are then eliminated from the circle.

If the ball goes in the opening between one person and the next, both of the people it went in between must go to the next step (either face backwards or out, depending on their current step). As a result players are trying to defend not only between their legs but also working with their neighbor to defend the space next to them.

Players may not throw the ball between the legs of the people standing directly beside them.
23 Ratings
23 Ratings

I first played this with my youth group several months ago. It has become our most popular game. Teens demand it!!! The only thing, we taking out the rule of the ball going between to players. -Brian D (Mar 27, 2010)

How can students block? With their bodies? Their hands? -Chuck R. (Apr 7, 2010)

By the rules stated can there be a winner? -lucas (Dec 6, 2010)

yea, how do they block? -Judy (Jan 20, 2013)

I would think they block with their hands. That way the feet stay in the the same place. -Stephen (Mar 20, 2013)

i think there should be multiple balls because you're ment to block with your feet - closing your feet will open opportunity for the another ball to go between the neighbours legs -A (Jun 14, 2013)

so do you kick the ball with your feet or just throw the ball a crossed - (Jan 24, 2014)

You throw the ball, keeping your feet in the same spot at all times. You block with your hands :) -Wes (Feb 5, 2014)

Going to try this one -Sarah (Apr 4, 2014)

I found it became awkward when the circle became really small (only 3-5 people) and some were turned around, some players faces had to be very close to others behinds. The game was fun at first but then the kids thought the game was too awkward when it got smaller and ended up quiting. -bekah (Jun 8, 2014)

We do not turn around, and we play to where you can eliminate your neighbor. Then when it gets to two people, we have them face eachother very close and try to push the ball through the others legs. Seems to work well. -Brittney (Apr 13, 2015)

This game worked great for our group! Feet had to stay planted. Blocking was done by hands, knees, etc. COULD eliminate neighbor. Chose NOT to turn backward. Students caught on after first round. Will play again! - (Aug 15, 2016)

Playing the game by trading person in the middle with the person who has ball go between legs. No turning around or outs. Just a fun social game. -MB (Sep 21, 2016)

I played this game for 20 years. We call it Stradleball. -Coach S. (Dec 2, 2016)


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