Its time for some football

Cities in South Africa where the 2010 World Cup games will be played.

Its time for some Football (or soccer as it is known in the US, or footie in the UK or futbol in Latin America). I can’t say that I’m a ‘football’ fan, but I am surrounded by them: my brother-in-law, my namesake cousin, and a very dear friend – all rooting for different countries I might add.  Maybe I can be considered a fan since the only football game I ever attended was in Brasil, yes Brasil, the land of futbol.  I don’t know who I’m going to root for… who are you rooting for?

The 2010 World Cup is a great opportunity to teach your kids about another country and culture – SOUTH AFRICA.

The Football World Cup is held every 4 years, the first tournament was in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 because of WWII. Of the 18 championships awarded so far, Brazil is the only country that has played in all Cups and has won the most awards, five, followed by Italy and Germany.

This year the World Cup is being played in South Africa, it is a Country, not a collection of countries like North and South America, whose official name is Republic of South Africa.

This year the World Cup will be played in 10 different cities across the country: Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg (two venues), Nelspruit, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, and Rustenburg (see map at the top).

Get more facts and information about South Africa

Some football activities your kids can play online –

A great exercise for your kids to get involved at home and learn about the different countries participating in the World cup –

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2 Responses to Its time for some football

  1. Lara Dalch says:

    Great idea for getting kids involved in other cultures! What could be more fun than “futbol”? 🙂 And thanks for the links.

  2. Jaz says:

    I’m definitely rooting for the US even though they don’t have a great shot. I would love to see soccer bigger in the US and it would probably take world cup title for that to happen. Plus it’s frustrating to hear sports talk hosts say how boring soccer is. Cmon look at baseball, of which I’m a fan. But a sport doesn’t have to be nonstop adrenaline to be worth watching.
    Ps. I love the third link about helping kids learn geography and flags by creating world cup brackets at home.

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