Keepaway wars

I like keepaway games. They are great for improving ball control, shielding the ball, supporting play and communication.

But straightforward keepaway quickly bores young players – there’s not much fun and no end result.

Keepaway Wars, however, is fun to play and it can get very competitive. My players love it!

keepaway warsAge group: U7s to U12s.

How to play:

  • Divide your squad into teams of four and assign them an area.
  • The players in each team choose a number and begin to pass the ball around in sequence, 1 to 2 to 3 etc.

Tip: Encourage your players to move into spaces and use all of their area.

  • Call a number. The players with that number “invades” the adjacent area and tries to win the ball.
  • The three players who keep their ball the longest win a point.
  • Once all four players have defended, the team with the most points wins the game.

Variation: To make the game more realistic,’ place a goal or two just outside the playing area.

When invading players win the ball they can score a goal.

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