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How To Play French Vs English

First off I wanted to say that this is probably one of my all time favourite youth group games. It is one of those games that just involves burning off a lot of energy!

The basic idea is that there are two teams, and three dividing lines (ie. two halves of a playing field). Put an equal amount of the objects behind both baselines.

Each team needs to aim to steal as many of the objects as possible, without getting caught.

To steal an object the player must successfully make it to the other teams baseline without being tagged. Once they are there they can steal 1 object and release 1 captive team-mate (if there are any).

If the player is tagged while on the other teams half of the playing field, they are caught and must wait at the oppositions baseline until they are rescued.

Think that's pretty much it!

Materials Needed

20 or so items (balls or bowling pins etc)



Submitted by Joel on 28 Nov 2007 12:00:00

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pretty interesting!

Posted by bvh on 9 Jun 2008 at 4:17:58

We do this all the time with cups, and we call it 'the cup game'.

Posted by Paul on 25 Jun 2008 at 12:31:58


Posted by wer on 13 Aug 2009 at 11:03:40

cool, this is kind of like capture the flag and stuck in the mud in one game but you don't have a flag and you stay stuck with the opposing team until you get tagged like stuck in the mud...

Posted by irnoham on 31 Oct 2009 at 9:00:47

Sweet game! I'm definitely trying this one with my youth group tonight

Posted by Craig on 16 May 2012 at 11:44:26

This is a fun game for youth

Posted by Aleena on 31 Jan 2013 at 10:16:10

My youth group loved it

Posted by Faith on 31 Jan 2013 at 10:17:26

I find the comments from actual teens or leaders that have played these games the most helpful! Thanks to those that comment.

Posted by Tara Bergeron on 7 Nov 2014 at 12:29:50

This is THE game at Camp We call it "Mugs" Been a camp favorite for decades.

Posted by Bob on 4 Feb 2016 at 1:14:42

do players go one at a time?

Posted by AJ on 22 Jul 2016 at 7:55:05

Do you have a sample video for this

Posted by James Al on 23 Aug 2016 at 12:05:54

I used to play this as a kid in camp such a fun game!

Posted by Bryscn on 13 Nov 2016 at 8:58:56

Will definitely be playing this game with a few variations.

Posted by Anonymous on 28 Dec 2016 at 2:23:05

Please enlighten me as I still don't know how to play this can the players be tagged? and when?

Posted by susan on 9 Mar 2017 at 3:18:21

I found that this game is great for getting everyone involved. Capture the flag has always been a favorite, but it seemed like it was always the same people actually capturing the flag usually the very athletic older teens. With this game it seemed to allow everyone to get much more involved. The athletic teens would draw the attention of most of the opposing team and the younger slightly less athletic teens would kind of miander over unnoticed and steal an object. I always ask for feedback after a game and it seemed that it was all positive for this game.

Posted by Andrew on 4 May 2017 at 9:46:23

It’s great but I don’t like it because it was just too hard.

Posted by Jayquan on 25 Jan 2018 at 6:28:58

sounds like fun and that it would get more players involved than capture the flag. thanks for posting

Posted by tony on 27 Oct 2018 at 3:20:56

Its handy to know that once a person crosses the end line, they have a free passage back to their half. The side with the most cones at the end wins.

Posted by simon on 17 Dec 2018 at 1:00:47

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