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football coaching game for good defending and ball control skills

"King of the Ring" is a good skills game. It's simple, competitive, suitable for all ages, any number of players and it teaches good defending and ball control skills.

Set-up: Create a playing area big enough for all your players to dribble around in.

Every player has a ball.

How to play: Players dribble their ball around and, at the same time, try to kick the other players' balls out of the playing area.

Players who have their ball kicked out - or allow their ball to leave the playing area - wait on the sideline.

The winner is the last player dribbling.

  • Ask your players to dribble with their "wrong" foot only.
  • Make the playing area smaller.


One or two players without a ball try to kick all the other players' balls out as quickly as possible.

Set up two playing areas. Start the game with everyone in one playing area. Players who have their ball kicked out go to the second playing area where a new game begins. Once both games are in progress there is a continual movement of players from one playing area to the other.

Play for a set time. The player who moves between playing areas the least number of times is the winner.

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