The newest soccer trend is soccer golf. Sometimes it's called footgolf too but it's growing in popularity especially in cities like Atlanta, Phoenix, Austin and in the Bay Area. Not sure how golfers feel about soccer golf or footgolf but I want to try playing a round or two.
Yes, believe it or not, soccer golf is a real thing and gaining more soccer players everyday - actually, I should say, gaining more soccer golf players everyday. Who doesn't want to go out on a beautiful golf course and strike a soccer ball across it or step onto a putting green and pass the ball into the hole - yes, a hole that's a bit bigger on soccer golf courses.
But a soccer golf course can take place anywhere, really. It's a fun game to play with your soccer team to change things up a bit or just use as a warm up game. Soccer golf is also a good game to work on your touch, placement and the weight and power you use on the ball when you strike it - sometimes you need backspin and other times you might have to bend the ball around a tree.
Field size: Golf course, an open area in park or around a soccer field
Number of players: at least two players or a full team can even play. Actually, you can play on your own but it's much more fun if you play with a group to challenge one another.
Age range: 8-18 (Well, adults and former soccer players are playing soccer golf more and more)
Description: In soccer golf you're playing to a series of targets (holes) and counting the kicks (strokes) it takes to get to those targets. Instead of hitting the ball into the hole, players have to hit a target, say a tree or a garbage can with their soccer ball.
You'll need a lot of space for this game, not just a whole soccer field but more like a big park. However, you could setup a small golf course on a soccer field, but it's best to set this up so you're playing to a tree, the post of a goal, a garbage can or other objects throughout a soccer park. This can be hard to do if you're playing in an area with a lot of other teams, but something you can do on a day where you have a lot of space.
Cones can also be used to mark holes for the players to aim at. For a young team, you can setup a minature golf course for them to play. It a great game for young players to work on their long balls and aim with the soccer ball.
If you're trying to setup soccer golf just on a soccer pitch, you can try to go from one corner flag to the other and then back and get a few rounds in that way.
As in real golf, putting comes into play when you hit a long ball and then have to hit a short pass that strikes a tree, a garbage can or a corner flag from close range.
Again, really, soccer golf is a fun game for young kids who are just starting out in soccer. It gets them used to hitting long and short passes and aiming at a target.
Equipment needed: Cones and a soccer ball for each player.
Extra: Check out Kaka playing soccer golf, although they're playing at an actual golf course, you still can make up your own course wherever you have enough space. What interesting though is soccer golf is actually becoming a popular game to play at actual golf courses. We'll see if soccer golf continues to grow in popularity. And don't forget the Nike ad with Wayne Rooney playing soccer golf.
Here's a list of some of the soccer golf courses in the United States:
As of today, the American FootGolf League has established and accredited 90 FootGolf Courses throughout the North American Continent.