I’ve published two posts at The New York Times for English Language Learners that focus on soccer: one on Lionel Messi and the other on a Mexican girls soccer team.

Learn about synonyms and the World Cup in my third New York Times post for English Language Learners on soccer.

The World Cup begins this June in Russia.

I created a very long “Best” list for the 2010 World Cup and one for the 2015 World Cup in Brazil. I have selected sites that would be useful this year and added them to this new list. Of course, I’ll be adding a lot more as time goes on, and I hope that readers will contribute many.

Here are my choices:

The FIFA World Cup 2018 Stadium Guide – Russia

The Guardian has a special page for the World Cup, as do the BBC and Fox Sports.

Of course, there’s the official World Cup site.

A Brief History Of The World Cup is a TIME Slideshow.

The Evolution of The World Cup Ball is a NY Times infographic.

The BBC has nice visual tutorials on playing soccer.

David Deubelbeiss always has great teaching resources.

How to Speak Football Infographic is from Kaplan.

Here’s the official FIFA World Cup YouTube Channel.

Here are three interactives from The Guardian:

The World Cup’s top 100 footballers of all time – interactive

World Cup kits through the ages – interactive guide

How to teach … the World Cup 2014 is a treasure trove from The Guardian that has resources and ideas applicable to this year’s event.

Here are some videos made for the Brazil Cup, but still useful for this one:

Here’s a great interactive from The NY Times on some star players.

Football and motivation is a World Cup lesson for English Language Learners.

The Common Craft #SoccerGuide comes from…Common Craft.

The World’s Love Affair With Soccer: A History in Photos is from TIME.

The World’s Ball is a NY Times interactive on the history of the soccer ball.

The World Cup of Everything Else is from The Wall Street Journal, and may be the most fun and the most useful interactive for the classroom out there.

Photos: The World’s Game is from the NY Times.

10 things non-soccer fans need to know about the World Cup is from Vox.

Why do some people call it soccer? is from the History Channel.

HOW WE PLAY THE GAME is a NY Times interactive.

Stop the Ball is a fun interactive from The New York Times.

Battle Cries is a wonderful interactive from The NY Times.

World Cups from Past To Present show video highlights of the past eighty years of World Cups. It’s from the BBC.

The split-second psychology of football is from The BBC.

The Clubs That Connect The World Cup is a NY Times interactive.

Watch the Most Beautiful Free Kicks in World Cup History is from Slate.

How We Play The Game is another neat interactive from the NY Times.

What language does soccer speak? is from Al Jazeera.

A Look Back at Iconic World Cup Moments is from Slate.

The History of the World Cup is a very impressive site.

World Cup 2018: Everything you need to know in seven charts is from the BBC.

Locations, planned matches and 3D reproductions of the 12 stadiums of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is from AFP.

World Cup Resources is from David Duebelbeiss.

Here’s a great commercial featuring Lionel Messi:

Voice of America has an extensive playlist of World Cup-related videos, as does Agency France Presse.

Photos: Soccer Fields Around the World is from The Atlantic.

The Science Behind The World Cup Ball is from NPR.


Common Craft Soccer Guide

Photos: Fans of the 2018 World Cup is from The Atlantic.

Why the World Cup Needs Music is from The NY Times.

All Eyes On the World Cup is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.

Here’s a World Cup lesson plan for ELLs from The British Council.

World Cup 2018: Why millions of fans see the football like this is from the BBC.

The Top 25 Teams in World Cup History is from National Geographic.