4 Corner Soccer

Lesson Topic:

4 Corner Soccer

Lesson Description:

A game in which students use dribbling, passing, and shooting skills

Learning Goals/Outcomes:

Students will be able to dribble a ball, pass a ball, and shoot at a target.

Students will be able to work with others to accomplish a goal.

Nebraska Standards:


Shoots with a mature pattern, power, and accuracy in a modified game (e.g., basketball, team handball, soccer).


Receives object with feet in combination with running, changing direction, and speed.


Passes an object with feet in combination with running, changing direction, and speed with competency.


Foot-dribbles combined with passing, changing speed and direction, in a variety of practice tasks (e.g., soccer).

Teacher Planning:

Equipment/Materials Needed:

8 cones, 4 different colored pinnies if possible,  1 indoor soccer ball

Time Required for Lesson:

50 minutes


4 Corner Soccer diagram

Technology Use:

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Instructional Plan:

Anticipatory Set/Pre-Activity:

Here are a few warm ups to practice the skills we have worked on before the game

Dribble Tag

Students may dribble anywhere they wish in designated area. Select 4or 5 students to be IT -do not have a ball. The ITS must dribble around area and attempt to steal ball from anyone. If an IT steals the ball, the person without ball is now it. Continue for a set amount of time

Passing 100

Equipment: 1 ball per pair Group Size: Pairs Description: Have partners stand across from each other On signal, students instep kick with person across from them counting the total number of catches. Every 15 seconds, blow the whistle and move one line, 1 person to the right. The goal is to achieve 100 passes before they return to original partner

Benefits/Explanation/Real-World Connection:

Students will learn how to work as a team to accomplish a goal.  Students will have skills to play this sport as they get older.

Activities (i.e. instructions, warm-up, lesson, cool-down):

4 Corner Soccer

Game Preparation: Goals are placed in the 4 corners of the gym with 2 cones.  Active players are not allowed to step into the goalie area to score.  They can not kick the ball as hard as they can at the goal either.

Game Play: After you pick your four teams, you will give each person from that team a number. You will call 2 numbers at a time. The game starts with 8 active players and the rest of the team are goalies.  The active players are trying to score a goal at the 3 other goals. When a player scores a goal, they go back to their own goals. That round is over. Then call 2 new numbers to come out to middle to play.  Players are active from 1:15 minutes – 2:00 minutes. If no score is made during that time, then they rotate with the goalies. Active players cannot use their hand. Goalies are allowed to stop the ball with their hands, but must throw the ball back into play using proper throw-in mechanics.


Talk to students about what skills the used in the game that have we have been working on

Assessment :

Formative Assessment: Watch students throughout the game.  We watch how they dribble, and pass the ball to others as they are trying to score on an opposing team.  It is easy by having only a couple from each team out in the playing field.

Supplemental Information:


When you give numbers to each student, pay attention to what numbers you give students.  I make sure my LIFE students are all out there together. Then they can get just as many touches  on the ball as others. So if possible pair up kids with the same ability.

Safety Precautions:

Remind kids that they aren’t kicking as hard as they can at the goals.  Have students have to strategies to get it past the goalies. Any ball that is kicked at or above the heads does not count.

Comments (adaptations for various grades/ages, teaching styles, etc.)

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