Soccer Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

Implementing this lesson plan will help you teach students more about soccer, including the correct terms and uses for equipment, as well as the procedures for playing the game. Then, have students complete the worksheet to check for understanding.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on soccer, students will be able to:

  • Describe the equipment and procedures for playing soccer.
  • Use the correct terms to describe soccer equipment and processes.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.


  • Cleats
  • Dribbling
  • Football
  • Goal
  • Goalie
  • Opponent
  • Origins
  • Passing
  • Penalty box
  • Rugby
  • Shin guards
  • Soccer


  • Copies of quiz
  • Copies of lesson
  • Soccer balls
  • Cones
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Paper
  • Pencils

Reading & Discussion Questions

  • Read Soccer Lesson for Kids: History and Facts as a class, and discuss the following questions:
    • What do people in most countries call soccer?
    • How long have people been playing soccer? How do we know?
    • How was soccer different in the early 1800s from how it is today?
    • Which two sports emerged from the same game once rules were determined?
    • How is the goalie different from other positions on a soccer team?
    • What types of equipment are used to play soccer?
    • What are the rules of soccer?
    • Who are some of the most famous soccer players?
  • Ask if there are any questions, then give the students the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.
  • Check the answers as a class.


Label a Soccer Field

Materials: construction paper, crayons, copy of lesson

  • Provide each student with a set of materials.
  • Have students draw and label a soccer field. You may want to model this on the board if they are having a difficult time with understanding.
  • The soccer field should include all of the following components:
    • Goal
    • Penalty box
    • 11 players and a goalie for each team
    • Cleats and shin guards labelled on one player

Dribbling Relay Race

Materials: soccer balls, cones

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