Football is the worlds most popular sport, an invasion game in which two teams play against each other aiming to kick a football in to their opponents goal. Score more than you concede and you win the game. Work as a team to pass and move around the pitch when you have the ball, aiming to progress towards your opponents goal so you can shoot. Without the ball work hard to defend as a team, tackle opponents and deny space ultimately aiming to stop them scoring. 

Equipment: Footballs (size 3, Years 2-5 and size 4, year 6), Goals (12ft wide x 6ft high) 

Set Up: Pitches should be 40×30 yards for years 2 and 3, 60×40 yards for years 4,5 and 6. Goals are placed along the centre of each width line. The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The centre mark is indicated at the mid-point of the halfway line. Penalty spots and areas can also be used if available. 


Starting/restarting the game, A kick-off is taken at the centre of the playing area to start the game and after a goal has been scored. Opponents must be five yards away from the ball and in their own half of the field. ALL players must be in their half of the pitch at kick-off. 

Throw ins, when the ball is kicked out of play at any point along the length of the pitch a throw in is awarded to the team who did not kick the ball out of play/did not touch the ball last. A throw in is taken by one player holding the ball in two hands and placing behind their head, throw back into play. 

Corner/goal kick, a corner or goal kick are awarded if the ball goes out of play along either of the width lines where the goals are placed. If the team whose goalkeeper is closest kicked the ball out it will be a corner to the other team, taken from the corner on the side the ball went out last. If the team who are shooting into that goal last touched the ball/kicked it out of play then a goal kick will occur. Goalkeepers can kick to their team from their area. 

Only goalkeepers can touch the ball with their hands, if an outfield player touches the ball with hands this is hand ball and a free kick is awarded to the other team. 

Fouls or misconduct (usually a poorly timed tackle) can be penalised with yellow cards (warning) or red cards (sending off) and free kicks can be awarded. – 

KS1 Format: 5 a side football is played in KS1, the most popular formation is a 1, 2, 1 as follows: 



                                      MIDFIELDER MIDFIELDER 


KS2 Format: 7 a side football is played in KS2, the most popular formation is a 2, 3, 1 as follows 


                                    DEFENDER DEFENDER 




Goalkeeper – The goalkeeper is the only player aloud to use their hands in football, they can only do so within their penalty area however. The primary responsibility of a goalkeeper is to stop the other team from scoring. 

Defender – The defender(s) stand in front of the goalkeeper and support their team in denying the other team goal scoring opportunities. Hold your position, tackle, intercept and support your team in winning back the ball. 

Midfielder – The midfielder(s) play in the middle of the pitch ahead of the defenders and behind the strikers. Midfielders are essential to both the teams attack and defence, creating opportunities to score with the ball and working hard to win it back without the ball. 

Striker – The striker(s) main responsibility is to have shots/score goals, they stay upfront ahead of midfielders and take shots when they can. Strikers also help the team win the ball back when it is lost high up the pitch.