Purchase an inexpensive t-shirt for each guest from a discount store (Wal-Mart carries them for approximately $2.00-3.00/top). On the back of each jersey write the guest’s last name and add large numbers using fabric paint. You could also purchase two different colors of shirt, and divide the kids into teams at the outset of the party. If you choose this route, make sure that the teams are evenly matched from a skill standpoint. Let the kids suit up, and then take lots of pictures of your child’s “team”…the kids will love it!
Balls, balls and more balls are the most critical element for a soccer party! If the party is being held in a backyard or open field, add some chalk lines to create an authentic field. Plan time for the kids to play as they choose. They will enjoy this as much as anything you might organize.
Using a metal whistle and Orange Cheerphones Megaphones (sport cones), run some organized soccer drills or create a few fun “Skill-Seeking” games. Include drills for passing, shooting, trapping, dribbling and heading. For the heading drills, use our 6” stuffed soccer balls unless the guests are advanced soccer players. Recruit a couple of star soccer players from a local travel, select or high school team to work with the kids. Younger children look upon these athletes with awe, and the athletes will be flattered by the attention of their young charges!
Give each guest a large inflated balloon to play “Noggin’ or Nothin’.” The object of this game is for players to hit the balloon up into the air, and keep it afloat for the longest period of time using only their heads! If a player’s balloon hits the floor they are given a red card, and ejected from the game.
Divide the party guests into two equal groups. About 25 yards away, place mounds of inflated white and black balloons by two orange cheer phones. These balloons should be over-inflated to make popping easier. At the sound of a whistle the first two relay contestants, one from each team, run to the cones and remove one balloon. Each must sit on a balloon until it pops. Once the balloon pops, the players run back to the starting line, and tag the next player in line. The first team to complete the course wins. Not a quiet game…but a guaranteed favorite!
Set the stage for the “Birthday Cup” complete with dazzling player introductions, pumped up music, and play-by-play commentary. Soccer Moms and Dads can be invited back to the party early to witness this spectacle. You’ll definitely want the video camera running!
All the finest sporting venues have a gimmick for introducing the starting lineup! Start with our budget priced solid color flat paper, which comes in 4’ X 50’ rolls. Prior to the party, cut the paper into 6’ sections. Using poster paint, write each child’s name, nickname and number in large print on the paper. Have an adult helper hold each end of the paper at the start of the game, and let each player crash through the paper as his/her name is announced. If the children are younger, you may want to perforate the center of the paper with a pin or small nail before the party to make the big entry easier.
A Karaoke Machine is the perfect tool for a sports commentator to call the play-by-play! Recruit dad or another sports nut for the job. Give the announcer the kid’s names and numbers, and some pre-scripted notes with a personal bio of each child. Involve each child’s parents prior to the party. Ask for a few fun facts, and weave those into the commentary. “When Chase was only 6 years old, he single handedly scored 12 goals in one game…and he only played the first half of the game!” “Jennifer used to be so involved in her T-ball games that she’d be turning cartwheels in the outfield. That’s why she plays soccer now!” Give each child equal airtime, despite the fact that some may be gifted athletes, while others will have had little or no experience with the game.
Ya’ll ready for this? Pump up the jam with some great sports arena music and sound effects. The ESPN Jock Jams and Jock Rock series of CDs are great. The background sound will relax the kids who might be a little intimidated, and fire up the whole team! Let the “G” rated trash talk begin!
Let each child decorate a section of a Design-Your-Own Soccer Ball. The birthday child will then have a wonderful keepsake from this kickin’ party!
There’s a wonderful Soccer Ball Piñata and we’ve yet to find a child who doesn’t want to take a swing at one at a party.