5 Soccer Variations to Play in Your Backyard


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Author's Note: 5 Soccer Variations to Play in Your Backyard

I grew up playing a lot of made-up games in the backyard. While these weren't your standard games -- baseball quickly became "Try to Hit the Wiffle Ball at the Littlest Kid," and basketball morphed into a winter game called "Throw a Snowball Into an Unsuspecting Face" -- we were pretty strict about enforcing the rules. With these backyard soccer variations, I encourage the rules and the features of the games to be very loosely interpreted. Make up whatever suits the yard and the player. And leave the littlest kid alone.

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