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:
An in-depth look at all 32 World Cup teams https://t.co/gJG8N8LStm
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 11, 2018
World Cup 2018: These are the 32 teams and 736 players who will play in Russiahttps://t.co/mUdPbaSITj
— Post Graphics (@PostGraphics) June 13, 2018
Voice of America has an extensive playlist of World Cup-related videos, as does Agency France Presse.
Let the games begin! @GoogleTrends and @googlenews can help you keep up with all the #WorldCup2018 ⚽️ action.
Check it out 👉 https://t.co/V37W2k6E90 pic.twitter.com/61rpYM5Bpq
— Google News Initiative (@GoogleNewsInit) June 14, 2018
The 2018 World Cup starts today.
Pick your squad —> https://t.co/calbvmMPoP
Create your bracket —> https://t.co/IUUCW0GOeS
— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) June 14, 2018
While it’s impossible to list all the great players at the World Cup this year, here’s a list of 13 you should definitely make time to watch play: https://t.co/EyfC03rODK
— Vox (@voxdotcom) June 14, 2018
Photos: Soccer Fields Around the World is from The Atlantic.
Why do classic soccer balls have those black and white pentagonal panels? Television. pic.twitter.com/oGCE3HHPNu
— Vox (@voxdotcom) June 15, 2018
Check out @ShellTerrell‘s roundup of resources for teaching #English during the #WorldCup: https://t.co/cEuyocxeIU #ELT #ESL pic.twitter.com/Vl0Fv1u3DC
— ESL Library (@ESLlibrary) June 13, 2018
I wrote a quiz on the history of football/soccer — in particular, on the sport’s impact off the field. How many can you get right? https://t.co/w8nX5q5Sjj via @nytopinion
— Keith Williams (@wmskeith) June 18, 2018
Can’t decide what you love more—#maps or #soccer? (Er, #football, for some of you…)
There’s no need to choose with this story. Enjoy both to your heart’s content! https://t.co/Fb5XGdqHfc pic.twitter.com/iPp5MwCSgU
— Esri Story Maps (@EsriStoryMaps) June 18, 2018
The Science Behind The World Cup Ball is from NPR.
Will this become a #WorldCup trend? https://t.co/WYTTAyl7yg
— Vox (@voxdotcom) June 20, 2018
From @NYTgraphics: Video review at the World Cup is resulting in more goals from penalty kicks https://t.co/3sAaOXk2B5
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 23, 2018
Something missing here? We removed the ⚽️s from these World Cup photos. See if you can guess where they once were. https://t.co/LhFMZM3ZZz pic.twitter.com/ggfw5VaGGX
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 26, 2018
What are the benefits of chanting your favourite footballer’s name this #WorldCup? https://t.co/U950TvhSJ6 pic.twitter.com/9rhVWlc5ks
— BBC Ideas💡 (@bbcideas) June 26, 2018
Flopping infuriates loyalists and reinforces soccer skeptics. Here’s why soccer players do it: https://t.co/kTdWQdPLTc
— Vox (@voxdotcom) June 24, 2018
Photos: Fans of the 2018 World Cup is from The Atlantic.
Come fly with us through two of the best goals from @FIFAWorldCup https://t.co/8ycFb2f0O0 pic.twitter.com/g0UlxYFzWZ
— Joe Ward (@wardnyt) June 29, 2018
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.
The modern soccer ball –> ⚽️ is recognized by billions around the globe, but it looked very, very different at the 1966 World Cup.
(Hint: think orange volleyball.) pic.twitter.com/y9k54GjRhP
— Vox (@voxdotcom) July 11, 2018
If you’ve been following England’s World Cup run, you’ve heard it: “It’s coming home. Football’s coming home.”
Here’s where the rallying cry comes from: https://t.co/xT7gpLOOyG
— Vox (@voxdotcom) July 11, 2018
On the voluminous spitting at the World Cup we know you’ve been wondering about … https://t.co/oDlw7pRlLX
— Randy Archibold (@randyNYT) July 11, 2018
️⚽️ Excited about 🏴 #ENGCRO 🇭🇷 match tonight? So are we! Take a look at our football films to get you even more in the mood: https://t.co/sILV61DhGP #WorldCup ️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/zqye9aQAqr
— BBC Ideas💡 (@bbcideas) July 11, 2018
If you’ve been watching the World Cup, you’ve seen every player from every country react to a missed goal like this. Why? https://t.co/ZEb5LWj0eG pic.twitter.com/qgIwFBjZKm
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 10, 2018
World Cup 2018: Why millions of fans see the football like this is from the BBC.
The World Cup would look completely different without immigrants pic.twitter.com/829mF4xdT7
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 12, 2018
We have combined all 163 impassioned cries by Telemundo’s announcers into one lung-bursting goal call https://t.co/heCP0PG5Ob
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 15, 2018
The Top 25 Teams in World Cup History is from National Geographic.
This is a great list thank you!
I wonder if you could add our football-language site to the list as we have lots of resources for learners and teachers of English who are interested in the World Cup.
Our site at http://languagecaster.com/latest-posts/ has podcasts, transcripts, worksheets and a huge football-language glossary for learenrs and teachers of English who love football.