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

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

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?

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