However, it is more challenging to use a small ball, because the participants are required to play this game sitting down. The players are supposed to use only their feet, while they rest their hands behind them on the floor.
Crab Soccer Requirements
- A square or rectangular field.
- One inflated cage ball.
- 2 pairs of cones , that can act as goal posts, and placed on either sides of the field.
- Mandatory shoes, if using an actual football.
- Knee and elbow pads for the goalkeepers.
Instructions for Playing Crab Soccer
The number of participants can go as high as 20. Therefore, make two teams with even number of participants.
▶ More than one cage ball can be used if the number of participants is more.
▶ The players must be seated on their bottom, and should move with their torso facing up in order to do the crab walk properly.
▶ The ball is placed in the center of the field, and the leader of the team that wins the toss is given the opportunity to kick-off the ball towards the opponent's goal post.
▶ The team that loses the toss must be placed 10 feet away from the other team. If the area is smaller, the distance can be reduced from 10 feet to whatever seems an acceptable distance.
General Rules for Players
▶ Players are not allowed to carry the ball on their stomach or touch the ball with their hands.
▶ Opponent players are not allowed to crowd and tackle the player in possession of the ball, instead, only 1–2 players can tackle the ball out of a player's possession.
▶ The players cannot hold the ball between their feet or legs, as that will amount to the foul of foot holding or carrying the ball.
▶ Make one player the referee who will ensure all rules are followed, and will penalize the infringing players with penalty cards.
▶ No player is allowed to enter the goalkeeper's defending posts.
▶ Scoring a goal from their own half of the field is invalid and cannot be counted.
Rules for Goalkeepers
▶ The goalkeepers must not be allowed to venture out of their assigned goal areas.
▶ Nor are they allowed to throw the ball from above their head. Underarm throwing is the correct approach, while the goalkeepers stay rested on their knees.
▶ If the goalkeeper of one team breaks any of these rules, the opponent team will be awarded a penalty kick. This penalty kick must be taken from the center of the half-way line of the field.