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GOAL!!! Antioch Students Learn About the Game of Soccer

For the last few weeks Antioch students have been studying the game of soccer in physical education. Students began their exploration into the game of soccer by learning about the first recorded games, which according to FIFA, were found thousands of years ago in Greece, China and Egypt. The first games, although very different from what many know as soccer today, consisted of a ball being kicked between many players without the use of their hands. Fast forward a few thousand years and the first official association of soccer was formed in England. (FIFA, 2013) Students further studied that the game of soccer has grown to be the most popular sport in the world and to most countries the game is called futbol. (FIFA, 2013) After exploring the history of the game students jumped right in to practicing the skills needed to play the game successfully. Every student practiced dribbling and passing a soccer ball and the students in grades in 2nd-5th practiced throw-ins and offensive and defensive strategies used in the game. But a soccer unit wouldn’t be complete with students learning about one of the most exciting sporting events in the world, the FIFA World Cup. Third through fifth grade students were tasked with the job of using technology to find out where the last world cup was held and what year it was held and where the next world cup will be held and in what year. Students accomplished their goal and discovered that the last world cup was held in South Africa in 2010 and that the next world cup will be held in Brazil in June of 2014. Each student was encouraged to tune into the games next summer and see a sporting like none other. After the completing their exploration into the game of soccer or futbol, as many people in the world refer to it as, students gained knowledge on the game and hopefully learned skills that they will practice at home to help each of them become more physically active.


Written by: Cassie Sloop
Posted: Nov 13, 2013 by Cassie Sloop

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