Football World Cup Activities for Schools

published on 23th November, 2022

Whether you are or aren’t a football-fanatic, you will not have escaped the build up to this year’s Football World Cup.

Here at PE Planning, we love every sport, and are excited about cheering on the Welsh and English teams.  But for those who are a little more ‘football-phobe’ , we’ve some World Cup activities for schools, plus some information that will help you to share the excitement with your primary school pupils:

The amazing England Women’s football team beat Germany to win the European Football Championships earlier this year, and are now preparing for their World Cup Championships due to start in Australia and New Zealand in July 2023.  In the meantime, it’s over to the men…

The Football World Cup started this Sunday (20th November) and lasts 30 days.  Qatar are the hosts of this year’s tournament.  Players will have to deal with temperatures in excess of 30 degrees!

Sadly, the Scottish and Northern Irish teams did not make it through to this years finals, but the Welsh team has qualified for the first time in 64 years, and the English team is amongst the favourites for winning the whole competition.

For the first 2 weeks, teams play in groups for points with the highest scoring team from each group progressing to the final stages.  The final stages are based on a knock-out competition; if you lose a game you go home, if you win you play the next team, until there are just 2 teams remaining for the big final on 18th December.

For those who really want to impress their pupils, here’s a rough guide to the England and Wales players, and where you will see them on the pitch…

England National Men’s Team

England National Team (Usually Play in White & Blue kit)Squad NumberPositionClub
Jordan Pickford1GoalkeeperEverton (Eng)
Nick Pope13GoalkeeperNewcastle United (Eng)
Aaron Ramsdale23GoalkeeperArsenal (Eng)
Kyle Walker2DefenderManchester City (Eng)
Luke Shaw3DefenderManchester United (Eng)
John Stones5DefenderManchester City (Eng)
Harry Maguire6DefenderManchester United (Eng)
Kieran Trippier12DefenderNewcastle United (Eng)
Eric Dyer15DefenderTottenham Hotspur (Eng)
Conor Coady16DefenderEverton (Eng)
Trent Alexander-Arnold18DefenderLiverpool (Eng)
Ben White21MidfielderArsenal (Eng)
Declan Rice4MidfielderWest Ham (Eng)
Jordan Henderson8MidfielderLiverpool (Eng)
Kalvin Philips14MidfielderManchester City (Eng)
Mason Mount19MidfielderChelsea (Eng)
Phil Foden20MidfielderManchester City (Eng)
Conor Gallagher26MidfielderChelsea (Eng)
Jude Bellingham22MidfielderBorussia Dortmund (Ger)
James Maddison 25MidfielderLeicester City (Eng)
Jack Grealish7ForwardManchester City (Eng)
Harry Kane9ForwardTottenham Hotspur (Eng)
Raheem Sterling10ForwardChelsea (Eng)
Marcus Rashford11ForwardManchester United (Eng)
Bukayo Saka17ForwardArsenal (Eng)
Callum Wilson24ForwardNewcastle United (Eng)

Wales National Men’s Team

Wales National Team (will usually play in red kit)Squad NumberPositionClub
Wayne Hennessey1GoalkeeperNottingham Forest (Eng)
Danny Ward12GoalkeeperLeicester City (Eng)
Adam Davies21GoalkeeperSheffield United (Eng)
Chris Gunter2DefenderWimbledon (Eng)
Neco Williams3DefenderNottingham Forest (Eng)
Ben Davies4DefenderTottenham (Sco)
Chris Mepham5DefenderBournemouth (Eng)
Joe Rodon6DefenderRennes (Fra)
Connor Roberts14DefenderBurnley (Eng)
Ethan Ampadu15DefenderSpezia (Ita)
Tom Lockyer17DefenderLuton Town (Eng)
Ben Cabango24DefenderSwansea City (Wal)
Joe Allen7MidfielderSwansea City (Wal)
Harry Wilson8MidfielderFulham (Eng)
Aaron Ramsey10MidfielderNice (Fra)
Joe Morrell16MidfielderPortsmouth (Eng)
Jonathan Williams18MidfielderSwindon Town (Eng)
Sorba Thomas22MidfielderHuddersfield Town (Eng)
Dylan Levitt23MidfielderDundee United (So)
Rubin Colwill25MidfielderSwansea City (Wal)
Mathew Smith26MidfielderMK Dons (Eng)
Brennan Johnson9ForwardNottingham Forest (Eng)
Gareth Bale11ForwardLos Angeles FC (USA)
Kieffer Moore13ForwardBournemouth (Eng)
Mark Harris19ForwardCardiff City (Wal)
Daniel James20ForwardFulham (Eng)

Football World Cup Activities for Schools

We have created some one-off World Cup activities for schools so you can celebrate the World Cup with your pupils.  These activities (in our calendar section) are very easy to follow, and perfect for rewarding primary school children.  We hope you like them.

Whilst considering this blog, we were mindful of the controversy over the human rights laws in Qatar.  Whilst this is an important subject to us at PE Planning, we feel it is important to focus on the football with our primary school pupils and remind them that sport is a wonderful place for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, gender and sexuality.  Let’s support our England and Wales men and hope they achieve as much as the England Lionesses did at the Euros!!