Football Crazy – Times Tables activity

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By Times Tables Teacher’s Book Ages 9-11

Try out this football-themed times tables activity with your class!

This is an extended problem solving activity focusing on the 11-times table.

This activity requires some explanation:
  • Each year, 12 football teams, who have all scored more goals than they have conceded, are put into 2 lists: 1 for the first half of the season and the other for the second half of the season.
  • For every goal a team has scored more than they have conceded, the difference is multiplied by the number of games they have played (in each case 11). They are then awarded points for that half of the season. (Spend time on the concept and calculation of goal difference; it is the key to the activity.)
  • So, a team that has played 11 games, scored 5 goals and conceded 3, would score 11 × (5 − 3); which is 11 × 2 = 22 points.
  • When the points for each half of the season are added together, the team with the most points is the winner.
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