How To Play Football At Age 3

As Little Z is starting to show a passion for kicking a football at pretty much everything, the Other Half has found a little weekend footy club especially for little ones, aged 3 and above. It sounds pretty good. It’s run by one of the coaches of an actual footy team in some kind of league (I know nothing about football). I did get to enjoy all the videos of Little Zs antics on his first session though. At the age of 3, he’s the youngest there and looks like he very much enjoyed making his own rules up.

So this is, apparently, how to play football, aged 3.

1. Take great delight in playing “fox” and “rabbits”, a drill session where they chase a designated “rabbit”).

2. Run directly to Daddy when it’s your turn to play the rabbit as you get chased by a roaring fox.

3. Attempt to shove bib down shorts when coach instructs it should be worn (as required in the drill sessions).

4. Concentrate on coach’s instructions for about 3 seconds before getting up and sprinting in some random direction.


5. Spend half of the training session scooped up under the coach’s armpit as he brings you back to the pitch.

6. Love kicking the football every which way, even when instructed to stop.

7. Take a break mid game and jump over the line of cones. Just for fun.


8. Practice how to dive. A lot! Sometimes just drop spontaneously even if there’s been no other human contact. Laugh hilariously.


9. Ask to drink a Fruit shoot every 5 minutes.


10. Shout “You can’t catch me!” and leg it as soon as it’s time to vacate the sports hall.

How to play football at age 3


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  1. Nikki Thomas April 2, 2014 / 5:43 am

    Ha ha that made me smile and reminded me of L at this age who was a real challenge to actually get to play football. It sounds like he is enjoying it though and if he is anything like my lot, football will probably become an obsession.
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  2. Mummy Says April 2, 2014 / 5:20 am

    Aw how lovely – looks like fun! My little two year old is starting soon and I can’t wait. Good to know what to expect! x
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  3. Sarah MumofThree World April 2, 2014 / 5:53 am

    How lovely! It sounds the perfect way to start 🙂 My son did a little pre-school football thing when he’d just turned 4. He did it for the whole of his pre-school year and loved it. It looked an awful lot like this sounds!
    It’s incredible how quickly they learn skills and discipline and the difference in them from one year to the next.
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  4. Jenny April 2, 2014 / 7:48 am

    This is great. Sounds like a perfect way to start out. Will have to keep in mind when mine turn 3. So lovely and great pictures too. Thanks for linking up once again to Share With Me. I am so grateful for your continual support. #sharewithme
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  5. @katgrant30 April 2, 2014 / 8:23 am

    Aw this is brilliant! My 17 month old has just started kicking a wee ball around so now we can’t wait for him to be old enough to join in a footy session…
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  6. Helen Porter April 2, 2014 / 8:45 am

    Aww I wish I could get my boy to kick a ball round he just gets really frustrated, I love your post its really fun I think some professional footballers could learn something from this the main being its ment to be fun! #sharewithme
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  7. Merlinda (@pixiedusk) April 2, 2014 / 1:16 pm

    Kudos to the coach for having great arms to carry a 3 year old boy. Awww my son tried football in his preschool before and loved it! #sharewithme
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  8. Lorraine April 2, 2014 / 3:20 pm

    My 4 year old has been going to football classes for over a year now and still thinks that if you’re in goal you have to let the ball go through your legs then cheer, just like she’s seen the grown ups do..! Oops!

  9. Sharmeen n jamal April 2, 2014 / 5:57 pm

    The vids were awesome! A star in the making! 😉 xxx

  10. Super Busy Mum {Debs} April 2, 2014 / 6:41 pm

    Haha, this looks like it was great fun! Little Belle {14mths} has started to ‘kick’ well….everything around the house atm, lol! Thanks so much for linking up with #Madmidweekbloghop x
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  11. Honest Mum April 2, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    Aw fab to see this, my second son Alexander is football mad, I mean he was dribbling aged 10 months and not just from his teething ;)-he watches it, even searches in the newspaper for football images and has serious skills, here’s hoping he plays for England one day *starts searching for Chanel purchases prematurely 😉
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  12. Sara (@mumturnedmom) April 3, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    This is brilliant! And so true 🙂 It reminded me of watching my 4yo play football last summer… A lot of the younger children did all of these things! And, the 4yo did some of them too 🙂 #loudnproud
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  13. Dragonsflypoppy-White Feathers April 3, 2014 / 7:33 pm

    Ah the old ‘shove the bib down your shorts’ trick…yes my boy used to do that too! And how do little chaps always know how to ‘dive’?? Lovely post x #loudnproud
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  14. John Adams April 4, 2014 / 5:09 am

    Our eldest daughter tried football for a bit. It didn’t work out, she wasn’t really a fan…which suited me because I can’t stand the game (odd for a man, I know!). Looks like you’re having more success than we did. Hope he keeps at it.
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  15. Kriss MacDonald April 4, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    I burst out laughing at the “you can’t catch me” at the end. Look forward to getting my kids into football when we’re back in UK. #pocolo
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  16. ghostwritermummy April 5, 2014 / 7:02 am

    Oh bless him! We took Luka when he was three and he loved it but the sessions were just poorly timed. 5.30-6.30 on a wednesday night with a newborn- not a good combination! He used to get so tired that we cut his session to just half an hour then decided to wait til he was older. Looks like Z has a real interest for it though!
    x x
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  17. Charly Dove April 5, 2014 / 4:44 pm

    Brilliant! Sounds like little Z is having the time of his life there. I love that he’s giving the football a good lick, seems an essential part of the game as is shouting you can’t catch me! I’ve just been told a Princess is living in my hand *snorts* 🙂
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