Play an Indoor Soccer Party Game

Crumped paper ball for soccer party game
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Did your soccer party get rained out? Keep this game in mind for any indoor party, especially one with a sports or soccer theme. It's also fun for a winter or holiday party. In that case, just call it "Snowball Soccer"!

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 15-20 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Make the soccer balls: Just crumple up some plain paper; you can also use wrapping paper from birthday or holiday gifts. For "snowball soccer," you'll want to use white paper. Make two or three balls for every player.
  1. Clear some floor space for a playing area—as much as you can!
  2. Designate goals. You can use a real, undersized net if you have one; set up a large box on its side; or mark off a space with tape or cones. Place the goals at either end of the playing area.
  3. Divide players into two teams. You can also make more teams, if you have room for more goals. Or have kids play as individuals, tournament-style.
  4. Scatter the balls around the floor or yard.
  5. Play! The object is simple: Players must get as many balls into their own goal as possible, without using their hands. There are no goalies. Play until all the balls are in the goals, or set a time limit.


  1. If players are fighting over the last few balls, incorporate a time limit with an element of surprise. Stop the timer when there are two or three balls left.
  2. Determine in advance if you'll enforce a penalty for players who touch the ball with their hands. This could be a brief timeout, sitting out the rest of the match, or (best for encouraging activity) performing a physical activity, like jumping jacks or knee raises, in order to be freed from the penalty box.
  1. Variation: Instead of crumpled paper balls, use balloons (white ones for winter/holiday parties, colored ones for other themes). To make the game less competitive, designate a color for each goal and have players work together to get balls of the same color into the matching goal. Or try some of these other balloon games.

    What You Need:

    • White paper (or balloons) to make soccer balls
    • Supplies for goals: cardboard boxes, painter's tape, small traffic cones, etc.

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