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By Peter Rileywriter and author of the Hot Topics series

original article published 23 November 2009

Look further afield and study the players and form of international football clubs with your class

Footballer kicking a ball

With this year’s World Cup well under way, now is a great time to try a football topic in the classroom. The focus for this article is on the international spread of football and the many global competitions that now take place. Find out how you can link the ever-popular game to subjects including literacy, ICT, history, geography, maths, and D&T.

The choice of team you follow as a class should be straightforward for these activities – you can either choose to focus on your local team, home nation or, for more variety, organise the class into groups studying other countries of their choice.


  1. How football has spread
  2. Where do your players come from?
  3. Cup competitions
  4. The World Cup
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