Sports Tournaments

Block D - Football Tournaments

Are you excited about a major sports tournament that is about to start? This topic takes the inspiration of a range of major sports including football, rugby, athletics, cycling, tennis and cricket to generate some fantastic learning opportunities. Learn about the origins and development of popular sports and their most important tournaments over time and stimulate some fantastic history learning. Find out about where sporting tournaments are taking place and which countries will be taking part and prompt some impressive geography learning. Research and discuss the values upheld by different sporting organisations; stage your own class tournaments and hone your PE skills. You will find a host of creative learning activities within these 12 blocks that capitalise on the energy and enthusiasm that great sports events stimulate.

Is there a football tournament on? Learn about it using this block! Find out about the major football tournaments, like the FIFA World Cup and FIFA Women's World Cup, the UEFA Euro tournament and the UEFA Euro Women's Championship, the Africa Cup of Nations and the Africa Women Cup of Nations. Host your own tournament!

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Timeline of football

Using our template, make a timeline of when the major football tournaments were started, and some of the other major events in the history of football tournaments. Make a class calendar to keep track of when major tournaments are played.

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02: Debating football bids

Learn about the World Cup host selection process and create your own World Cup bid for a country of your choice.

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03: Prepare to play (1)

Have a football tournament of your own. Decide on the team sizes and names, design emblems and mascots for each team. Work together to write a song for the tournament.

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04: Prepare to play (2)

Decide on the rules for the tournament (e.g. number of games to play, what the winner gets), and give out roles like linesmen, referees, commentators and reporters. Discuss what food and drink players might need to keep hydrated and healthy, how to work together as a team and how they must respect each other and the game officials. Play!