Football, the Beautiful Game

Discover how to use mathematics to make a stronger soccer team. Young soccer enthusiasts use given data to make decisions about a soccer team. They decide which position to assign each player, consider what makes a good pass and interception, and think about where best to shoot a goal.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Consider working with a physical education teacher for the unit
Classroom Considerations
  • Note that the unit is intended for a U.K. audience, so some terminology may be unfamiliar to U.S. learners
  • Resource suggests that pupils have access to computers to view videos and software apps, but paper versions are available
Pros
  • Videos and actual data make the task realistic
  • Teacher notes give suggestions for differentiation
Cons
  • None