The national sport is an invasion game, traditionally played between two teams of eleven players, but can also be played in other formats such as 5v5, 7v7, and 9v9. The game was born in England but has since become the most played sport in the world.
Football Generic

What is football?

Football is a simple game which involves two even teams (up to 11v11) kicking a ball into a rectangular goal with a net. Players will generally score with their feet but can use any part of their body, apart from their hands and arms. Matches are played over two even time periods of ‘halves’ but games can be played straight through in mini-soccer and festival formats.

The Pokémon Futsal resources have been developed with the purpose of helping schools introduce new players to futsal through a positive first experience of the game or prepare for a School Games Futsal competition. 

They are for everyone regardless of ability and can be used by schools for targeted intervention encouraging players that may not already engage, whilst also applying and developing the School Games values. 

Find out more about how to play the Pokémon futsal football formats.

Equipment needed

  • Footballs
  • Goals
  • Bibs
  • Flat markers / cones
  • A suitable outdoor space (e.g. playing / sports field)

Get involved

The School Games is inclusive to all young people and provides opportunities for everyone to get involved, either within school, against other local schools, or at county or regional level.

School Games Organisers

School Games Organisers (SGO) help schools coordinate appropriate competitive opportunities for all young people from Key Stage 2-4, to recruit, train and deploy a suitable workforce, and to support the development of club.

Sign up to find your local SGO

Quick and easy football activities

Be it 10-minute or lesson-length activities, we have a range of activities suitable for all ages and abilities to encourage young people to stay active throughout the day.

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