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Jun 08

FIFA Fever

Will you be watching the World Cup?I was amused as I walked past a classroom at my children’s school yesterday to overhear a teacher explaining time differences around the world using the upcoming World Cup game between Uruguay and Mexico as an example. “The game will be played at Xpm in South Africa, which means to see it live we would have to be watching our television at Yam in the morning, because the world is round and when the sun is shining on one side, it is dark on the other.

Football (soccer) really is the World Game.

I’m not a particularly athletic person, but even I have to admire a sport that can incorporate physical activity, geography, mathematics, science and some really buff incredibly gifted athletes.

Despite my lack of sporting prowess (or indeed even the most fleeting enthusiasm for anything even vaguely athletic) I must confess that it’s hard to resist the lure of World Cup. I’ve bought a poster to keep track of the match results and might even make an effort to watch some of the games. Possibly. If the timing isn’t too ridiculous. Well, I’ll record them and watch them with no more than a 12 hour delay.

But it’s not just about national pride and a chance to barrack for the Australian team taking part in The Beautiful Game. By the end of the World Cup, I’m aiming to work out how to incorporate all the key learning areas across the primary school curriculum into a discussion of football, saving time and possibly reducing student truancy. It’s worth a try.

Will you be watching the games? Sitting up late or cheating like me and recording them to watch at a more civilized hour? Want to help me put together a proposal to use football (and remember we’re talking soccer here) as the basis for a new national curriculum? Make sure you add your comments below.

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  1. Rowena

    LOL, that is too funny! To learn about time differences using current athletic events! That’s funny.

    I will definitely be watching the World Cup games, I’m Team USA but am anxious to watch the other countries as well, especially England since I like to keep up with the EPL news.
    .-= Rowena´s last blog ..Why I’m Reading Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon. =-.

  2. Jodie at Mummy Mayhem

    I’m one of those reluctant Soccer Mums – so I won’t be staying up to watch!

    Having said that, a friend once dated a soccer player, and we used to frequent the games and I loved it! And I absolutely loved seeing a soccer matching during the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney.

    I think I’m someone who prefers to see sport LIVE. I like getting in there with the crowd. 😉
    .-= Jodie at Mummy Mayhem´s last blog ..Scammers Are Everywhere =-.

  3. Marg

    I was introduced to the wonders of soccer by living in the UK for five years. Before that I probably had watched one half of soccer in my entire life, and I have really enjoyed going to a game during the Olympics, plus to see Australia play, and England at Wembley as well, not to mention club matches. I have been looking forward to this world cup for months, and love how the teachers have incorporated it into their learning!

    The best thing about having the World Cup on – Lucas Neill on the news regularly! And yes, I have just revealed myself to be shallow!

    By the way, I recently started a direct for Australian Book Bloggers. If you are interested in finding out more, there are more details on my blog here here
    .-= Marg´s last blog ..TSS: Announcing…. something for the Aussies =-.

  4. Meredith

    Well you know how I feel about this whole football thing. It’s in my blood, my heart and my soul. My teams in order of preference: my boy’s U/10 team, the Socceroos, the Jets and Bayern München.

    I will be getting up at all hours to watch. The draw poster will be going up and despite pretending it is a project for the kids, it is All About Me.

    I can tell you where I was for every WC final for the last 20 years. Starting with Germany for Italia90, which is probably where the bug really took hold.

    Here We Go! Ole ole ole!
    .-= Meredith´s last blog ..I Am Woman…aren’t I? =-.

  5. Kylie L

    Like Marg, a stint (3 years) in the UK led me to love the game… I follow the Socceroos, Melb Victory, Melb Heart (who says you can’t have two A league teams?!), Hearts of Midlothian (Edinburgh) and Chelsea (and what a year to be a Chelsea fan 🙂 Can’t wait for the WC- loved this blog!

  6. Becky (Page Turners)

    I will be watching the games (although I wish I wasn’t watching Aus v Germany this morning). I am a Sydney FC member and love my football 🙂
    .-= Becky (Page Turners)´s last blog ..It’s Monday! What are you reading? =-.

    1. Susan

      I didn’t get up early on Monday to watch the Australia v Germany game as I was trying to catch up on sleep missed thanks to sick children. It was painful enough watching the recorded game later in the day.

  7. Amelia

    LOL, that is too funny! To learn about time differences using current athletic events! That’s funny.

    I will definitely be watching the World Cup games, I’m Team USA but am anxious to watch the other countries as well, especially England since I like to keep up with the EPL news.
    .-= Rowena´s last blog ..Why I’m Reading Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon. =-.

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