A staple game at any Super Bowl or football party is a Squares pool, also known as a box pool or grid pool. This simple printout will become one of the highlights of the party as your guests hope to pocket the prize pool at the end. This is a perfect game for a mixed “fan”/”non-fan” group since even the football novice can play since it requires no real knowledge of the game, just some luck.
Print this game sheet. Each square of the grid is claimed by a guest by writing their initials or name in the square. Sell each square for a small “entry” price and let your guests buy as many squares as they want. You’ll need to sell all 100 squares so price accordingly. A $1 a square is a good starting point, but many parties have higher pools with $5, $10, even $100 a square! You can even have 2 games going at once with a lower $1 price on one and a “High Roller” price of $5 or $10 on the other. All money collected from selling squares goes to the prize pool.
Once all the squares are purchased and filled in with a name, pull numbers from zero to nine randomly to designate the order of the numbers that go along the top and the left of the grid. Make sure to do this randomly and AFTER all the squares are filled to keep it fair and to keep people from only picking the squares with 7’s, 3’s and 0’s.
At the end of each quarter of the football game, the last digit of both teams’ score is compared to the grid to determine a winner. For example, a player has the 7-3 square, 7 for the Redskins and 3 for the Ravens. If, at the end of the first quarter, the Redskins were ahead 17-3 the 7-3 square would be a winner.
The prize pool is usually awarded by percentage with the largest going to the final score winner. $1 a square yields $100 prize pool, so you could pay out 15% to the 1st quarter winner, 20% to the halftime winner, 15% to the 3rd quarter winner, and 50% grand prize to the final score winner. If you don’t want to sell the squares you can split the squares up between your guests (20 guests = 5 squares each), then hand out prizes to the winners. Fun “Football party” prizes work well, like a large bucket of pretzels, or maybe even a Football T-shirt.