Soccer Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

If you're beginning a unit on soccer, use this lesson to give your students background information and explain the basic rules of the game. Get students excited about playing soccer by allowing students to 'teach' foundation knowledge.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the history of soccer
  • describe how soccer evolved
  • summarize the rules and play of soccer


  • 1 hour


Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.2

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.


  • Before class, cut one copy of each lesson (The Origins & Evolution of Soccer and The Rules of Soccer & Responsibilities of Players) into sections and glue these sections to different pieces of colored paper. For example, for our text lesson 'The Origins & Evolution of Soccer', sections include 'The Earliest Soccer,' 'Ancient Ancestors of Soccer,' 'Early Modern Soccer,' and so on. Consider your students' needs, abilities, and class size as each section will be summarized by a student or student grouping. Complete for both lessons.
  • Set up work stations for each section, including any materials necessary, such as markers, glue, scissors, etc.
  • Have students summarize their section on chart paper or poster board. Allow and encourage students to be creative. For example, for the section 'The Field' from the lesson 'The Rules of Soccer & Responsibilities of Players,' students may choose to create a large field and label it as a visual aid.
  • Make sure students include vocabulary definitions in their summaries.
  • Circulate the room to make sure students understand assignment and content. Explain vocabulary if necessary.
  • When students finish and have cleaned their work stations, have students present their summaries in order. Allow observing students to share feedback and ask questions.
  • Hang posters around the room.


  • Give students copies of the lessons to review for next class. For homework, ask students to review to prepare for play.

Related Lessons

Filtered by:       Clear All Filters