Soccer Treasure Swap

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Physical
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
13+ yrs
Time Requirement: 

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Gymnasium (large indoor space)
  • Outdoor - Field

Fundamental Skills: 

  • Dribble
  • Kick
  • Run
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For participants to kick the soccer ball through their net and steal treasure from another team.
Other Skills:


12 cones (3 for each team)
4 Hula Hoops (1 for each team)
1 soccer ball per participant (or how every many you have)
Beanbags (or other treasure)

Set Up: 

Divide participants into groups of 4.
Use the gym lines for boundaries or if setting up outdoors, use about the same space as a gym or more.
Set up four hula hoops in a square formation in the centre of the play area. 
Place 6-10 beanbags in each hoop.
Set up a net using two cones at each corner of the play area, so there should be 4 nets set up.
Place a cone approximately 10 or so feet in front of each net (between the hula hoops and the nets).

Step by Step: 
  1. Each team will be lined up at one of the cones that are set up in front of a net.
  2. All of the participants, or the first couple in each line/team will have a soccer ball.
  3. The hula hoop that is behind them in the middle of the play area is their treasure chest.
  4. On the word 'go', the first participant in the line for each team will shoot their ball and try to get it through the cones.
  5. If they succeed, they run and get their ball and dribble it to the centre with the hoops and steal one treasure (beanbag) from another team's treasure chest and put it in theirs. They can choose any other team's treasure chest.
  6. If they miss, they run and get their ball and dribble it until they get to the end of their line.
  7. As soon as the first participant has their ball and dribbles past the next participant in line, that participant can now shoot.
  8. Play for a set amount of time.
  9. At the end, the team with the most treasure in their treasure chest, wins!
Safety Considerations: 

Remove any safety hazards and obstacles from the play area.
Remind participants to be aware of their surroundings and to keep their head up.


Play with basketballs instead, and have two teams share one basketball net.
Play with a tennis balls and getting them into a bucket.
Play with 3 teams or even up to 6 teams. 

Adaptations (General): 
Adaptations (Blindness/Visual Impairment): 
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Use a ball with a bell inside or with a plastic bag tied around it so that participants who are blind or visually impaired can hear it. Have another participant assist those who are blind or visually impaired in being oriented with the cones and with dribbling.

Adaptations (Mobility Impairment): 
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Consider allowing participants with a mobility limitation who are unable to kick to throw o move in a way that is most comfortable for them.


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