Take Advantage of the World Cup

  • Published June 21, 2018
  • By Dave Catlin

Piggybacking on to Enthusiasms is Always a Good Idea

Once again four years have flown by and a new World Cup has started in Russia.  Even better, England won a game.  You may hate football, but you can’t deny the passions and emotions it creates for many people including your students.  Why not harness their enthusiasm with a set of Roamer challenges?  Roamer has a talent for connecting with student interests.

Check out the Roamer Activity Library for the challenges:

  1. RoamerWorld Cup
  2. Penalty Shoot Out
  3. Dribbling
  4. Attack and Defence

How Football Conquered the Worl

This mini-project gives you the chance to connect to 19th century social history.  Many countries had football type games, but it was in Britain the modern game became popular.  In 1858 England founded the World’s first football club Sheffield FC.  They drafted a set of rules, but so did many others.  Because of the variation in rules the game is split into a first and second half.  The first half they played using one team’s rules and in the second half, they switched to the other teams’ preference.    England founded the first Football Association in 1863 and the first Football League in 1888.  As the rules standardised rebels broke away and formed other sports – rugby and Australian Rules football.  But, how did the game become a global sport so quickly?  First, set up a game: you need a ball, anything could make up a set of goalposts and you’re ready to kick-off.  I remember working as a 15-year old apprentice every lunchtime we’d go on to some wasteland and kick the ball and each other for half an hour.  But the main reason was the British Empire ruled 25% of the World and its soldiers and sailors got everywhere.  Britain led the industrial revolution and its craftsman went around the world building railways and bridges.  Finally, Britain had a huge merchant navy.  I vaguely remember hearing how a few British sailors got off their ship in Buenos Aires and started to play football on the docks. That day some watching locals founded the first South American football club.

Football has such wide appeal and touches people’s lives in so diverse ways.  You could link this robot game with spin-off learning activities.  For example, you could ask the students to write a short story based on one of the images.

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