One of the reasons that football is the most popular game in the world is the sheer simplicity. The rules are easy to understand and all you need to play is a ball. In a regulation game each side can have up to 11 players on the field at once but in backyard football the rules are a bit more flexible. As longs as you have an even amount of players on each side you’re good to play.
Learning to Play
Football is an incredibly easy game to learn how to play, developing the skills you need to be a major league footballer is another matter however. The backyard is where every footballer first learned the game and so can your kids. The objective is simple, put the ball in the other teams net without ever using your hands to do so. The other team (as well as yours) will have a goalie in the net whose job it is, is to stop you. The goalie is the only one that is allowed to use their hands.
Practice Your Skills
Soccer has a few basic skills that you need to learn and the first thing you need to learn is how to control the ball. That means that you need to take the ball and keep it under control while you are running across the field or while the other team is trying to take the ball from you. You can practice this in the yard without any equipment besides the ball. Here are some tips on practicing your skills.
The second thing you need to learn is how to kick the ball, initially you might think all you do is kick. There are several techniques in kicking the ball properly you want to make sure that you can send the ball accurately to a team mate. Keep practicing and pretty soon you will be able to ‘bend it like Beckham’. You really don’t need any special equipment to practice kicks although a net is helpful since it will stop the ball for you and in a real game that is what you are trying to do anyway.
Backyard football games are a way for kids to practice their skills and to get outside and get some exercise. Backyard football is a national pastime and we need to absolutely encourage it, spend time with your kids and teach them how to dribble.