soccer coaching tag game for dribbling the ball with control

This "Ghostbusters" game (also known as Stuck in the Mud or Freeze Tag) is a great game to play with a new group of four to eight-year-olds.

It's a tag game that encourages youngsters to dribble the ball with control and turn away from defenders. I have used it as a warm-up before a session but you can use it at anytime... just for fun!

Set-up: Create a square playing area large enough for your players to move around comfortably but not so big that the taggers will have trouble catching them.

Every player has a ball except two players who are the taggers.

How to play:
  • The children dribble their ball around the playing area while the two taggers try to tag them.
  • If a player is tagged, they are frozen and must pick their ball up and hold it above their head shouting "HELP!" as loudly as they can.
  • They can only be unstuck from the mud (or unfrozen, depending on what you call the game) by another player who passes their ball between the frozen players' legs.

See how many players the taggers can freeze in two minutes then change the taggers and play again.

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