Top 5 Football Games for your Garden: #3 Football Tennis

Posted on: April 8th, 2020 | by Laura Murdoch | No Comments

With both football and Wimbledon cancelled because of the current situation, why not combine the two in your back garden? Number 3 on our list of top football games for your garden is football tennis.

Tennis net

Football Tennis

For those of you lucky enough to have your own football tennis set this game is really easy. If you don’t, you can order your own head tennis set from the Pendle website or use items from around the house to make your own. Find a couple of poles or chairs and tie a piece of string between them.

Boy kicking a football in his back garden

Why it’s useful

Football tennis is not only a lot of fun and a great way to keep active. You can also use it to work on multiple skills that will help your football. The game requires precision, control, and an ability to read your opponent. You need to be able to tell where the ball is going to land and be quick enough to get it back over the net. Accuracy is vital if you want to make sure that you return the ball to the right place.

Football on a pitch

Rules

The aim of football tennis is, unsurprisingly, the same as regular tennis. Two opposing players or teams of two have to try and get the ball over the net and into their opponent’s side.

  • To serve the ball, it must be kicked over the net.
  • It can be returned using any part of the body except the hands.
  • The ball is only allowed to bounce once.
  • Each player is allowed to touch the ball twice.
  • If the ball goes out of bounds, the other player/team gets a point.
  • If a player fails to return the ball, the other player/team gets a point.

These rules can be adapted depending on what age the players are. Younger players might require more than one bounce or need more touches to get the ball over. Older players might wish to decrease the number of times they can touch the ball.

Man doing a keepy-uppy

Singles

  1. Set out your football tennis net and plot out a course. Use cones or markers to set the boundaries.
  2. Nominate one person to act as a referee and keep score.
  3. Player 1 will serve by kicking the ball over the net.
  4. Player 2 tries to get the ball back over the net.
  5. The volley keeps going for as long as possible.
  6. The first player to 11 points is the winner.
  7. If the game is tied at 10 points, then the first player to move ahead by 2 points is the winner.

Doubles

If you have enough players, you can create teams of two to make things even more fun. This means players have to be aware of where the ball is going and where their teammate is.

Player hitting football against his chest

Switch it up

Why not try mixing things up and focus on different body parts each for each serve? For example, after the first serve every player has to return the ball using their left foot and the next serve they have to use their right.

Increase the difficulty

To make the game harder, why not try and keep the ball off the ground completely? Take away the 1 bounce and see how long you can keep the ball going back and forth.

 

Pendle head tennis set

Pendle at Home

We know it’s tough being stuck inside most of the time and we want to make sure you’re all keeping active. It’s good for your health and your mind. Pendle has everything you need to stay healthy and happy during this difficult time. Check out our range of training equipment and keep developing your skills.

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