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Summer soccer fun

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Even though the World Cup is over, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the game at home -- and score some fun in the process.

To help enjoy summer in entertaining fashion, consider spending quality time together with these family-friendly soccer activities.

Play a game of “Red Light, Green Light.” You don’t need teams of 11 players to have fun with a soccer ball. Consider a game of “Red Light, Green Light,” which can be played with only a handful of people. Line up any number of players, each with a soccer ball, facing one person who serves as a “caller.” The players dribble a soccer ball toward the caller, who starts the action by yelling “green light.” When the caller says “red light,” they must immediately freeze, while stopping the ball. If a player moves or allows the ball to roll after “red light” is called, that player must take five steps back. The first person to cross the finish line gets to call out the commands for the next round.

Set up an obstacle course. Here’s a challenge: Create an obstacle course for soccer lovers. Gather cones or other objects from around the house to use as obstacles. Line them up and yell out a combination of moves needed to complete the course, such as dribbling around the obstacles and kicking the ball. Feel free to get creative here and throw in some other tricky moves, like hopping through hula hoops, performing a cartwheel, or completing a somersault.

Quiz them with soccer trivia. Entertain soccer fans, while educating them in the process, with a soccer-themed trivia session.

Here are some questions to get you started:

•The twenty white patches on a soccer ball are in what shape? (Hexagon)

•Which country hosted the big tournament this summer? (Brazil)

•How many black patches are on a typical soccer ball? (Twelve)

•How many teams competed in the global tournament? (Thirty-two)

With the world focusing on the sport of soccer this summer, get the whole family involved and excited about the game with these interactive activities.

(Family Features)

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