Danger! Mines!

Age range: U6s to U10s.

Equipment required: 20 to 30 flat cones, two balls.

Number of players: Whole squad.

minesSet-up: Spread the flat cones randomly inside a playing area big enough for your players to move around in but not too big – all the cones need to be close together. Make sure there are no defined lanes from one side of the playing area to the other.

For eight U10s, create a 20-yard square playing area.

Divide your players into pairs.

Each pair waits just outside the playing area. In the image below, there are four pairs of players waiting to begin the game.

If you have an odd number of players, have one team of three players.

How to play: The object of the game is for each pair to pass the ball to each other as they cross the minefield and return to their starting position without touching a cone (i.e. mine) with their feet or the ball.

Dribbling is not allowed, the ball must be passed across the field.

If a player or their ball touches a cone, that pair of players has to start again.

The pair (or team of three) that can cross the minefield and return the fastest is the winner.

Progression:

  • Add one or two blockers – players who passively “get in the way” of the passing players.
  • Put your players into two teams. Each team sends out one pair of players at a time. When they get to the opposite side of the playing area, the next pair goes. The first team to get all their players across the minefield wins.

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