Best FIFA World Cup Activities & Lessons

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The 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup is taking place in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20. The best-known soccer – or football, as it’s known outside of the U.S. – tournament on the planet, this massive sporting event will draw dozens of national teams from around the globe as well as thousands of spectators and millions of viewers.

As one of the largest international athletic competitions, the FIFA World Cup is a great opportunity to teach about other cultures, geography, traditions, and much more. These lessons, activities, quizzes, worksheets, and more -- almost all of which are free -- have the goooooool (!) of engaging students in the excitement.

Best FIFA World Cup Lessons & Activities

The New York Times: Spot The Ball
Soccer is a fast-paced game, but a true fan will not only follow the ball, but also anticipate its trajectory. This interactive from The New York Times is a fun test of the reader’s soccer acumen.

Physics of Soccer: The Science Behind Free Kicks, Penalties, and Goal Kicks
Underlying the thrill of World Cup competition are some serious principles of physics. This entertaining video combines real action on the soccer pitch with a lesson on the science and equations that determine the trajectory of the ball—and the ultimate winner.

World Cup 2023 Teaching Resources
Explore a wealth of lessons related to the FIFA World Cup 2023 competition, in subjects ranging from English language arts to math to social studies. Searchable by standard, grade, subject, and resource type, these free and modestly priced lessons have been created and vetted by your fellow teachers.

Teachwire Women's World Cup 2023: Best Lesson Plans, Resources & More
A U.K.-based resource featuring teaching ideas, activities, and more, from information about the tournament's location to prediction-making to pop art creation. 

Soccer Physics
How does the inflation of the soccer ball affect its motion? Soccer players and fans of American football may intuitively know the answer, but can they explain it according to physics? This free step-by-step science project includes detailed research questions and experimental procedures. Students will learn about the experimental method, the physics of soccer and who can kick the ball the farthest.

ESOL Courses: The FIFA World Cup
In addition to vocabulary tests, spelling jumbles, language worksheets, and country identification quizzes, this site offers students the opportunity to learn English through national football songs, including Shakira’s “Waka Waka.

Twinkl: The 2023 Women’s World Cup Teaching Ideas & Resources
This site offers the history of the World Cup as well as fun facts, plus downloadable interactives, worksheets, card games, flashcards, puzzles, and more.

Busy Teacher: 40 Free World Cup Worksheets
Some of these worksheets date back to previous tournaments, but there is still plenty of evergreen content here, including nation quizzes, vocabulary tests, flag identification, national football song sheets, word searches, and more.

Etacude English Teachers: 10 World Cup Classroom Activities & Games
This video features 10 World Cup-related activities teachers can utilize in their classes including World Cup worksheets and vocabulary. Younger learners can create soccer-themed crafts such as a blow soccer pitch and research important events in World Cup history. 

5 Lessons for Teachers From Ted Lasso
Our favorite fictional soccer coach isn’t involved with the World Cup (as far as we know), but the international soccer tournament is the perfect time to revisit the lessons educators can learn from the mustached Yankee who makes up for his lack of soccer knowledge with kindness and curiosity. 

A Phys Ed Soccer Lesson Plan
This features a fast-paced mini soccer tournament designed by Paul Gannon, an instructor in the Department of Physical Education at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point. It’s a fun activity for any teacher who wants to bring students outdoors and focus on teambuilding and exercise. 

Recent updates

This article was updated for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup

Ray Bendici is the Managing Editor of Tech & Learning and Tech & Learning University. He is an award-winning journalist/editor, with more than 20 years of experience, including a specific focus on education.

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