Horseshoes is a great activity to work on receiving flighted balls. The beauty of the game is its simplicity. You only need four player, two balls, and two cones (tee shirts or whatever is handy can substitute). The players are paired into teams and then each of the teammates are placed close to one of the two cones. You can vary the length between the cones. I have seen it done with with about 15 yards between them to about 40 yards. The game starts with both balls on one side. One team chips a ball to his or her partner. The partner must receive the ball before it touches the ground. It must be done with one touch (if two touches are taken, then the other team must merely connect to win the point). The ball is left where it stops moving and the other team has a go. If both teams connect, then the team whose ball is closest to the cone wins the point. If the ball touches the cone, then the team receives two points. The game continues with the receiving players now serving their partners. It can be played for time or for a certain score to win. I encourage my team to set up their own game with the players who arrive early to training (much better than sitting around or smacking shots on goal with no proper warm up). Also, I have used it as an exercise for the light day before the game. For younger players, you can play the balls on the ground. In the video, you will see that the second round contains a player using his or her first touch to knock the other ball away. While this is rare, I have seen it done.


4 responses to “Soccer Horseshoes”

  1. Aron says:

    Good light exercise to work on 1st touch of balls out of the air

  2. Footie4Life says:

    this game is my team's facorite

  3. John J Mendoza says:

    Great warm up game. Love this game.

  4. John J Mendoza says:

    Great warm up . Love this game.

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