How to Make a Football Toss Game

By Alan Kirk

Football is a popular American sport, and many fans enjoy playing the role of the quarterback as they pretend to lead their team to victory. You can easily create your own football toss game at home to compete against your friends. Have your friends test their strength and accuracy playing this football toss game, as you play for bragging rights.

Paint the five to ten trash cans in the colors of your favorite NFL team, to fit the football theme of this football toss game. Cut ten 12-inch squares of poster board. Paint the numbers from 5 to 50 on the poster-board squares, in increments of 5.

Allow the trash cans to dry, then set them up in the playing area. A 50-yard area to play in is ideal. Space the ten trash cans so that each is 5 yards farther away from the "quarterback" than the previous one.

Determine the difficulty level you wish to set for your football toss game. If you want to make it easy, have all the trash cans lined up directly behind each other in those 5-yard increments. To increase the difficulty, scatter them at the 5-yard distance so no one trash can is directly behind the one that is 5 yards in front of it.

Mark two different throwing lines for the quarterback. The first line will be 10 yards from the first trash can, and the second line will be 10 yards behind the first. Any throw from the closer line is worth the point total of the trash can; any throw from the second line is worth double the point value of the trash can.

Attach the poster board to each trash can. Place the 5-point value on the closest trash can, and go in numerical order, placing one piece of poster board on each trash can as you work your way out to the farthest trash can. The final trash can should have the 50-point poster board label.

Place ten footballs behind the throwing line, and allow the player to choose which line he will throw each of the ten footballs from. The player may change which line he throws from at any time during the game, with the farther line being worth twice as many points. Allow players to throw ten footballs in a row. Add up these points for each player to determine the winner.

About the Author

Alan Kirk has been writing for online publications since 2006. He has more than 15 years' experience in catering, management and government relations. Kirk has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Maryland.