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Whether your preference is a "fall classic" or a Garbage Bowl, a pickup football game is a guaranteed good time for both children and adults. Don't forget the hot chocolate during the game and the snacks to replenish everyone's energy afterward, such as our Krispy Toast wrap. Touchdown, Flamingo!

Fall football

What could be more energizing than a good football game between friends, sporting jerseys that have seen better days but with which we can't bear to part? It's easy: just get a football, at least 6 of your friends and some good food for after the game.

How to play

Plan de positionnement

  1. Form 2 teams with at least 3 players a side. If you have an odd number of players, assign someone – preferably the best athlete in the group – to play quaterback for both teams.
  2. Find a place – a stretch of road, a park, etc. – about 40 yards (120 feet) in length that will allow you to play at least 2 downs. If the pavement is dry, you can designate the end zones with chalk, but it's just as easy to select a marker, such as a parked car, a lamppost or a utility pole. Choose 2 other objects along the street to serve as distance markers for the downs. When a team reaches each marker, it gets the down.
  3. Remember, it's a game! So, we're sticking to touch football or flag football rules so no one gets hurt. For touch football, the down ends when the defending team simply touches the ball carrier. In flag football, the object is to pull off either of the 2 flags attached to the ball carrier's waist or hanging from his or her pocket.
  4. The play is initiated by the quarterback, but it's the team on defense that starts a 3-second countdown by chanting "one Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi." At the end of the count, the quarterback must either throw the ball or run upfield, er, very quickly.
  5. Determine in advance how long the game will last or what the winning score will be (in multiples of 7 for each touchdown). For example, your game could last 30 minutes or until the first team reaches 28 points.
  6. Finally, have the teams call heads or tails during a coin toss to determine which one will take possession of the ball first. The game will start on that team's goal line. Since it's a friendly game, limit yourselves to 2 or 3 downs for scoring a touchdown, failing which the opposing team gets possession of the ball. If your team has a good kicker, you can always punt.

For the rest, make up your own rules, bring along some cheerleaders, select 2 captains to pick players for each team, and you're all set. Good luck!

Winter football

The biggest difference between playing football in the fall and the winter is, of course, the snow. This changes the approach slightly, so follow the same rules that you would for fall football, with a couple of minor adjustments:

  1. Snowbanks lining the streets open up an essential aspect of football: the pleasure of tackling your opponent! Of course, this assumes there's enough snow to cushion both bodies fairly comfortably. If children are playing, however, take it easy out there, OK?
  2. In damp conditions, a foam football will absorb a lot of water and become heavy. In winter, it's best to use a ball made of rubber. But do watch out for cars and surrounding windows – an accident can happen quickly. (For an example of a safe product that children will also like, go here.)