Crab soccer

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Children playing crab soccer with a large, red ball

Crab soccer (American English and Australian English), or crab football (British English), is an informal sport played by two teams, commonly in physical education classes. As with regular soccer, the objective is to kick an inflated ball into a goal to score the most points. Unlike soccer, players support themselves on their hands and move with their feet, in motions that make them look like crabs,[1][2] a method known as crab walking. Crab soccer can be played either outdoors or in a gymnasium,[3] and is more commonly thought of as being a sport mostly played by children. The game can be played with a regular soccer ball, but is often played with a cage ball.

There are various sets of rules. This sport involves kicking, so safety is at the root of many rules. Like soccer, players other than the goalkeeper must not touch the ball with their hands. No players may stand except for the Wicket Keepers.

In some versions of the game, the player's posterior is supported by a small wheeled platform in which they scoot around with their hands and legs.


  1. ^ "Home page - ScoutBase UK". 2013-01-31. Archived from the original on 2005-09-27. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  2. ^ "ZOOM . activities . games . Crab Soccer". PBS Kids. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  3. ^ "Ball Games - Page 1". Archived from the original on 2014-02-13. Retrieved 2014-04-17.

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