World Cup rankings

In December the soccer teams with the strongest world rankings were chosen to play in the once-every-4-years World Cup. The team rankings are calculated in a pretty complex manner.
How are the 32 teams selected? Students can explore the ranking formula and do their own calculations to rank teams.  Does it all seem fair?

The activity: Part-I-WorldCupRanking.pdf

For members we have an editable docx and solutions.

Part-I-WorldCupRanking.docx         Part-I-WorldCupRanking-solution.pdf

CCSS: 5.OA, 5.NBT, 5.NF.B, 6.NS.B, 6.EE, 6.SP, 7.EE, 8.F, 8.SP, HSA

3 comments for “World Cup rankings

  1. Jake
    July 16, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    The seeding in the groups is 100% not fair… but such is FIFA.

  2. Josh
    June 10, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Love this! (and everything else). With the world cup quickly approaching, how about an activity that goes into the commerce of the world cup having kids calculate just how much a game makes for the country?

    • June 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks, Josh. Good idea. Actually we’re putting out the next World Cup post on Wednesday. It will deal with how the 4-team match ups are drawn and whether it seems fair. We love this stuff too. Thanks, Leslie

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