Big Room Games, Games & Icebreakers

The Dark Football


Fair warning: this one can get a little rowdy. But it’s also a ton of fun!

All you need is a cleared-out room, a strobe light, and a ball of any kind. Here’s what you do.

Clear out a room that’s of good size. Move the couches against the wall, stack chairs in the corner, etc. Then, divide the students into teams. (It’s best to have two “guy” teams and two “girl” teams.) Now you’re ready to play.

Get the two guy teams onto the “field.” Tell them they are going to play “Dark Football.” Each team’s objective is to move the ball to their opponents’ wall.

The game will be played as a mixture of football and soccer. One team has the ball until they fumble it or are tackled. When that happens, the other team gets the ball. There are no “downs” as in football; the play is continuous as in soccer.

1. Players can only move around on their knees. If they stand up, they are disqualified from the rest of the game!
2. No biting.
3. No pulling hair.
4. No pinching.
5. Tickling is permitted.

Now, to make it “Dark” Football, turn out the lights in the room and flip on the strobe light. This makes it a whole lot more interesting! Note: You may need to leave a few lights on in the room to keep it safe.

Have several adult volunteers around to help out and keep the game running smoothly.


Idea by Jonathan C.


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

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