Posted by: Postordinandy | August 18, 2015


AndyBall is a game that was invented while I was a youth worker for St Mary’s church, Walthamstow, way back in 1999.

It is designed to be as inclusive as possible, and many who were not necessarily good at football found they excelled. Non able-bodied participants may be able to play, with consideration from other players.

Items needed to play:

2 teams of roughly equal numbers – minimum players on each team are 2, maximum will depend on the size of the playing area.

plastic footballOne ‘air ball’ – those cheap plastic footballs (this is the great leveller as those with better football skills may find the ball responds quite differently).

2 basketball hoops, with back board. (You could play it without the boards, but the scoring will be slower).


The game works best in a sports hall or similar indoor space – a low ceiling is fine. If played in the open or somewhere without walls the game will need to be adapted slightly and there will be a lot more stoppages.

The basic rules:

AndyBall is played in a similar way to football – players can kick or head the ball, but any handling results in a free kick to the opposing team (there are no keepers).

Players try to kick or head the ball onto the back board or into the basket, and successfully doing so will result in a range of points.

Basic scoring system:

Kicking the ball against the backboard = 1 point.

Heading the ball against the backboard = 2 points.

Kicking the ball against the hoop (and/or net, if included) = 3 points.

Heading the ball against the hoop and/or net = 4 points.

Kicking the ball into the hoop (from above or below) = 5 points.

Heading the ball into the hoop (from above or below) = 10 points.

A game is either played for an agreed amount of time or ends when an agreed amount of points are scored by one team (agreed before kick-off)


Additional playing rules:

Kick-off one player from one team holds the ball while standing under their own goal. They then drop it so it bounces at least once, and then kick the ball into play.

Points can be scored straight from kick-off.

Once a point is scored, the opposing team have kick-off.

Boundaries – if played indoors, the walls and ceiling are part of the playable-arena, so there are no ‘outs’. If played outdoors, teams must agree pitch sizes and mark the edges appropriately.

Where boundaries are in operation, a player from the opposing team to that which played the ball out takes a kick-in (bounce and kick as above) from where the ball left play. Points can be scored directly from a kick-in.

FoulsAndyBall is, theoretically, a non-contact sport – so any player pushing over, kicking or otherwise fouling another will also concede a free kick. Free kicks have the same methodology as kick-offs (bounce and kick), but are taken from where the foul was committed. Points can be scored directly from a free kick.

Time outs – players who are deemed to have deliberately handled the ball, or fouled another player are removed from the game until the next point is scored by either team.


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