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June 13, 2018 : Russia Hosts the World

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1. Write large letters F - I - F - A in t he middle of a piece of paper. Paste newspaper words that tell about the World Cup competition around the big letters.

2. Look in the sports section of your newspaper. Circle any stories, events or schedules about soccer. Use one color for elementary age games, another color for middle or high school age games, and a third color for college or adult level games. What does this tell you a bout soccer in your community? How popular is the game?

3. Divide a piece of paper into eight sections and label them for the FIFA groups, A-H. In each box, write the headline for a news story about one of the countries in that group. Then write one or two sentences telling about the story.

4. Make a Countries and Continents game. Write the name of each country in the World Cup on a 3 - by - 5 card. On the back of the cards, write the name of the continent on which the country is located. Game No. 1 : Shuffle the cards and have a player pick one card with the country name showing. Have the player guess the name of the continent for that country. If the player guesses correctly, he/she can keep the card. The player with the most card wins. Game No. 2 : Shuffle the cards and have each player select a card with the continent name showing. Have the player name one of the World Cup teams from a country on that continent. The player keeps the card if he/she guesses correctly. The player with the most cards wins.

5. Make a list of the physical abilities or skills needed by World Cup athletes. In the newspaper, find a piece of equipment or program that would help the athlete develop each skill or ability.

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