English Soccer

Objective
Practice vocabularily whilst playing soccer.

This game is a soccer game with two teams of 11, plus some reserves on the "bench". There can be any number of reserves on each. It takes the format of a real soccer game, with the teacher as the main referee. The ball is kicked up and down the field according to how the questions are answered by each team member. Each team member is given a number, each team member of the other team is also given a number. Everyone will have a member of the opposing team with the same number as theirs, an opponent (different colored numbers).

When the ball gets to a number, both players with the number should stand up. The teacher will ask a question. The team that answers the question (correctly) first gets the ball kicked towards the opponent's goal.

A goal is scored when the ball gets to the goal and the opposing goal keeper and defender fails to be the first to answer the question.
The reserves play an important part in this game as they are support persons for their team mates.

The students will be asked English questions, this will be in the form of review for the sake of this activity.

This is one of those games that is better explained by actually playing it. It can prove to be difficult for ALTs to explain to kids. In my experience, as soon as I begin the game, the kids get the hang of it immediately.

Though this game can be played with any vocabulary, in this case it has been used as a review activity for Grade 1 JHS students, taken from the One World text book. E.g. "Who is this?", "What's this?", "Where is the pen?" (used with a picture of a pen and another object), "Whose hat is this?" ( a pic of Mario's hat etc.)

Lesson Topics
Duration
Elementary
1,
2,
3,
4,
5,
6
Junior High
1,
2,
3
High School
1,
2,
3
Special
Nakayoshi
Resources
A giant print out of a blank soccer field, small number cards 1–15 for each team (and another set of numbers for use on the game board)