Winter Soccer

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Physical
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
13+ yrs
Time Requirement: 
20minutes

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Gymnasium (large indoor space)
  • Outdoor - Field

Fundamental Skills: 

  • Kick
  • Run
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Objective: 

Play soccer outdoors
Other Skills:
Trap, dribble, shoot, and rebound
Endurance
Speed

Equipment: 

Soft soccer balls
Pylons
Pinnies
Cards (Blue, Green,Yellow, Red)

Set Up: 

Divide the group into 4–6 equal numbers of participants. 
Set up small soccer fields outside using pylons, with small goals and goal creases for each team. 

Step by Step: 

Warm Up

  1. Have participants move around the outside of the activity area. 
  2. Hold up coloured cards and have participants respond with the appropriate type of activity (e.g. Blue = Very Fast, Green=Fast, Yellow=Slow, Red=Stop and Do a Fitness Activity). Have participants participate in different levels of activity while slowly increasing their heart rate. 
  3. Lead, or have a participant lead, a stretching routine (see Ministry of Education, Daily Physical Activity in Schools Grades 1–3, Appendix C, for sample stretches or www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/dpa1-3.pdf).

Steps

Inform participants that there will be no goalies and no one on either team will be allowed to touch the ball with their hands.

  1. To begin the game, have one team start with the ball in the middle. 

  2. If the ball goes outside the established playing area, the team that did not kick it out will kick the ball in from the sidelines. 

  3. When a goal is scored, have the team that scored move back behind the centre line; the team that was scored on kicks the ball out from their goal area. 

  4. Frequently change the teams that are playing against each other until they have all played each other at least once.

Cool Down

  1. Have the participants move around the outside of the activity area. 
  2. Hold up coloured cards and have participants respond with the appropriate type of activity (e.g. Blue = Very Fast, Green=Fast, Yellow = Slow, Red =Stop and Do a Fitness Activity). Have participants participate in different levels of activity while slowly decreasing their heart rate. 
  3. Lead, or have a participant lead, a stretching routine (see Ministry of Education, Daily Physical Activity in Schools Grades 1–3, Appendix C, for sample stretches or www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/dpa1-3.pdf).
Safety Considerations: 

Inform participants of safety rules related to playing outdoors in the winter prior to going outside. Visually inspect the area prior to beginning. Use soft balls that will not freeze.

Variations: 

Participants should be taught some of the skills and strategies related to soccer prior to playing the game. 
Ask participants to reflect on how it is different to be active outdoors in the winter and what other games they could play.
You could use a single pylon for a goal and count a goal scored when the ball touches the pylon.

Adaptations (Blindness/Visual Impairment): 
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Consider obtaining a ball with a bell, or using one with a plastic bag tied around it, to accommodate players who are blind or visually impaired.

Adaptations (Mobility Impairment): 
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Consider allowing participants with mobility limitations to be the ones to kick, or throw the ball in from the sidelines after it goes out of play. Free kicks may also be a great way of including participants who are blind or visually impaired.

Adaptations (Cognitive/Learning Impairment): 
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During the warm-up, consider that the coloured cards and corresponding level of physical activity may create comfusion for those who have a cognitive limitation. Consider calling out the type of activity, which will benefit those with visual impairments also.

Source: 

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