Plan a Soccer party for your child's birthday party or to celebrate the end of the soccer season. Adults enjoy planning a soccer party during World Cup.
Soccer Party Invitation Ideas
Attach a Metal Whistle to a red invite with the wording, “Don’t get caught offside…we’ll be “screening” whoever misses Daniel’s Soccer Party!”
Be sure that the invitation notes that kids should come dressed to participate in sporting activities, including the right kind of footwear. Shin guards and soccer socks are optional!
Create your own invitations by making a soccer ball shape with the details on the back (or in the white spaces), using a picture of your child in their uniform, or by using pictures of your favorite soccer players.
Soccer Party Activities and Games
Purchase an inexpensive t-shirt for each guest. Write the guest's last name and add large numbers using fabric paint on the back of each shirt. You could also purchase two different colors of shirt, and divide the kids into teams at the beginning of the party. If you choose this route, make sure that the teams are evenly matched from a skill standpoint. Let the kids suit up and play.
Balls, balls and more balls are the most critical element for a soccer party! If the party is being held in a backyard or open field, add some chalk lines to create a field. Plan time for the kids to play as they choose.
“Noggin’ or Nothin’” - The object of this game is for players to hit a large inflated balloon up into the air, and keep it afloat for the longest period of time using only their heads! If a player’s balloon hits the floor they are given a red card, and ejected from the game. Remember to have enough balloons for one per guest!
"Pop That Ball" - Divide the party guests into two equal groups. About 25 yards away, place mounds of inflated white and black balloons by two Orange Cheer Phones. Over-inflate the balloons to make popping easier. At the sound of a whistle the first two contestants, one from each team, run to the cones and remove one balloon. Each must sit on a balloon until it pops. Once the balloon pops, the players run back to the starting line, and tag the next player in line. The first team to complete the course wins.
Set the stage for the “Birthday Cup” complete with dazzling player introductions, pumped up music, and play-by-play commentary. Soccer Moms and Dads can be invited back to the party early to witness this spectacle. You’ll definitely want the video camera running!
All the finest sporting venues have a gimmick for introducing the starting lineup! Start with some budget priced Solid Color Flat Paper, which comes in 4’ X 50’ rolls. Prior to the party, cut the paper into 6’ sections. Using poster paint, write each child’s name, nickname and number in large print on the paper. Have an adult helper hold each end of the paper at the start of the game, and let each player crash through the paper as his/her name is announced. If the children are younger, you may want to perforate the center of the paper with a pin or small nail before the party to make the big entry easier.
A Karaoke Machine is the perfect tool for a sports commentator to call the play-by-play! Recruit an adult or older teen for this job. Give the announcer the kid’s names and numbers, and some pre-scripted notes with a personal bio of each child. Involve each child’s parents prior to the party. Ask for a few fun facts, and weave those into the commentary. “When Jason was only 6 years old, he single handedly scored 12 goals in one game…and he only played the first half of the game!” “Michelle used to be so involved in her T-ball games that she’d be turning cartwheels in the outfield. That’s why she plays soccer now!” Give each child equal airtime.
Sports Spectacular - Everyone has their favorite sport, and this activity covers many of them. You will need a large room or yard, and approximately 30 minutes to set up in advance. You can use the following items: (1) small, soft football; (2) 3x5 file cards, or stiff paper to make score cards; (3) masking tape; (4) timer/stopwatch; (5) tape measure; (6) 6 empty beverage cans; (7) softballs or bean bags; (8) low table; (9) an empty egg carton; (10) a referee and a helper (siblings, or guests waiting their turn are great for this!)
The Sports Spectacular has four stations: Football kick, Long Jump, Obstacle Course, and Pyramid Throw. First, determine which stations you want to use, depending on the space you have available, and decide where to locate each one. Next, create a score card for each child: list each station and leave a space to enter their time or distance. Turn this into a fun activity before the games begin and allow guests to decorate their own card!
Football kick: Hang 2 ribbons or use masking tape to make a field goal on the wall, or on the back of a door. Measure an appropriate distance and mark the kickoff spot with masking tape. You can make a tee out of the egg carton or have a helper hold the football. Give each child 3 points every time he/she kicks a field goal. Give all players the same number of turns to score.
Long Jump: This game is a standing long jump, so running starts are not allowed! Mark a starting line with masking tape on the floor. Pull out the tape measure 4-6 feet and tape it down perpendicular to the starting line, so each jump can be easily measured. Mark each jump with a piece of tape and write the player’s name on it. Record each player’s longest jump on their score card.
Obstacle Course: Set up an obstacle course using items you already have around the house. Mark a start/finish line with masking tape and time each player as they run the course. Suggestions: run from the starting line, pick up a jump rope and skip three times; crawl through a tunnel, under a low table, or through a large box; run to a basketball that is set on the ground and bounce it under your leg three times; run backwards to a chair, go around it and skip back to the basketball; bounce the basketball three more times; crawl back through the tunnel/box; jump rope backwards three times; run to the finish line! Record each participants fastest time on their card.
Pyramid Throw: Make your own version of the classic carnival pitching game by setting 6 empty beverage cans in a pyramid on the ground, or a low table. (You can substitute heavier objects for older children.) Mark a throwing line with masking tape. Give each player 2-3 chances to knock down the pyramid using a softball. (Bean bags are a good alternative if the game cannot be set up in an area where balls can be contained.) Score points for the number of cans knocked down, or off the table.
Bucketball Relay - This relay requires 2 equal teams, 2 small buckets (or containers with small mouths) and 2 small balls. When the game begins, players walk, keeping the ball between their knees, from a starting line to the bucket. They must drop the ball into the bucket, retrieve it with their hand and run back to the next person in line. The smaller the ball and container, the greater the difficulty. This game is sure to entertain any age group!
Hands allowed Soccer - Play a variation on the old Hot Potato game. Have the children sit in a circle, and have them pass the soccer ball around. When the whistle blows, the child holding the soccer ball is out. Start the passing again. The game ends when there is only one child left. To make the game more fun for the children who are out early, purchase whistles for everyone, and give them to the children as they exit the game. The most recent out gets to blow the next whistle! Loud, but great fun!
"Tongue Tied Tag": Give each player a bag or stadium cup with 10 small treasures in it (candy, chocolates, little favors). Have bags labeled with players' names, so they don't get mixed up. Let players know at the start of the game exactly when the game will be ending—this game can be played throughout an entire party if you so choose. The object of the game is to catch fellow players saying one of the following words or phrases:
SPORTS, BALL, CATCH, TOUCHDOWN, PASS, GOAL, SCORE, TEAM
To help players, post the words prominently on a board where they can be seen often. If someone is caught saying one of the words on the list, that person has to give up a treasure from their stash. The player with the biggest haul of goodies at the end of the game is the winner! This game is always a big hit. (Ages 7-adult)
"Go Team Go": Divide guests into two teams and have them form two lines. At the signal to "go", a ball (both teams should have identical balls) is to be passed from person to person. The catch is that they can use any part of their bodies except their hands. If the ball touches the ground at any time, it must go back to the beginning of the line again. Whichever team manages to get the ball to the end of the line first wins the game. (Ages 5-adult)
Soccer Party Favors
Some Ideas for Soccer Party favors:
Soccer CD Holder, Soccer Ball Inflatable Chair, Soccer Autograph Bear, Soccer Ball Necklaces, Soccer Ball Tote Bags, Soccer Ball Necklaces, Mugs, Soccer Ball Clappers, Rubber Soccer Balls, Pens, Pencils and Soccer Ball Hats.
Other great soccer party favors include: soccer bag tags, soccer bookmarks, stickers and decals, trading cards and water bottles.
Soccer Party Delectable Treats
The Ultimate Hot Dog -
No sporting event is complete without a hot dog! Set up a condiment bar, serve the hot dogs, and let the children make their own ultimate hot dog. Don’t forget ketchup, mustard, onions, chili, grated cheese, pickle relish, and jalapeño peppers for the adventurous. Serve with potato chips, and pass around a tray of fresh fruits
and vegetables. This hands-on meal is just as big a winner at home as it is at the ballpark - both preparation and clean-up are a snap! Another must for sports fans are peanuts! Place bowls of peanuts on the table during the party for snacking, and don’t forget to set out an empty container for shells!
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