IPC World Cup 2014 Resources


IPC World Cup in action – Academia Británica Cuscatleca, El Salvador

The following email and images were sent to our IPC Membership team by Amanda Dickson, Head of Primary, Academia Británica Cuscatleca, El Salvador:

"I thought that you would like to see some of the photos taken this week at a special assembly in which we drew which class would represent which country in our IPC World Cup units which we will begin at the end of next week. ( Early because of the rainy season!) We live streamed the assembly to parents so that they could follow the assembly at home!

It was a lovely event, brilliantly choreographed by my PE department and our IPC coordinator, Carolina Aviles. The children just loved it and were very excited whilst waiting to see which country they were going to represent! Very fortunately we have 32 classes in our primary school and there are 32 countries playing in the World Cup. The flags are now proudly flying outside classrooms whilst teachers are busy planning learning related to the countries and IPC units. Our exit point will be a football tournament in which all primary children will take part ( 840 children!) The excitement is palpable!

I wanted to share this as I was so proud of my team!"

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World Cup 2014 Mascots

World Cup 2014 Mascots


According to FIFA, over than 1.7 million people took part in the controversial vote to choose the mascot´s name. The other options were Zuzeco and Amijubi. Fuleco comes from the Portuguese words "futebol" (football) and "ecologia" (ecology), "it seamlessly represents the way in which the FIFA World Cup can combine the two to encourage people to behave in an environmentally friendly way", said FIFA about the mascot.

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Provided by St. Paul's School, Säo Paulo, Brazil

Trophy Tour

Trophy Tour

Did you know?

  • The trophy tour began in 2006 and this is its third time traveling around the world.
  • The trophy will travel around 88 countries during 267 days.
  • If Brazil wins the World Cup this year, the country has the right to keep it.
  • The trophy was stolen twice.  Once in England, 1966, and found by a dog a few days later, wrapped with newspaper. The other time in Brazil, when the country got the right to keep it in 1970 after winning the World Cup for the third time. The trophy was never recovered, as the thieves claimed that they melted it.

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World Cup Official Song

World Cup official song

Are you wondering where the World Cup Official Song is? Have you been typing it online, google or youtube, and cannot find it? Well, on Monday, February 10th, FIFA revealed the winner of the SuperSong competition. What is it? The SuperSong competition was a worldwide competition sponsored by SONY and opened to the public. Anyone could write and compose a song for the world Cup. The winner was the American artist Elijah King. The song called ‘Vida’ will be recorded by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leite, a famous Brazilian singer. The Oficial Song for the 2014 IFA World Cup will also be included in the World Cup Official Album and will be performed by the famous singer Ricky Martin. Elijah King not only won a ticket to Brazil but also a VIP place for the final match as well as several Sony products. Feel free to check the song at:  http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=2276990/index.html.

Reference: www.fifa.com

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The 12 Stadiums of the World Cup

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2014 World Cup Groups

On December 6th in Salvador, Brazil, the groups for the World Cup 2014 were drawn. There was much anticipation and excitement around the world and now we can start making prediction about the games that are going to be played! Let's see how the groups are:

Group A

Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon

Group B

Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia

Group C

Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan

Group D

Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy

Group E

Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras

Group F

Argentina, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Iran, Nigeria

Group G

Germany, Portugal, Ghana, United States

Group H

Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea

Who do you think is going to win the World Cup? Make your bet!

Keep visiting us and discover what the Brazilian World Cup can offer!

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The Footballs during the FIFA World Cup

The Brazuca, which means 'Brazilian' and refers to the Brazilian way of life, is the most-tested Adidas ball in history. Over a two-and-a-half-year period, it was tested by over 600 of the world's top players and former players including Iker Casillas, Dani Alves, Lionel Messi, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Zinedine Zidane, as well as 30 teams in ten countries across three continents. The Brazuca was also used in several international football matches, albeit with a different design, including in a friendly match between Sweden and Argentina last February.

The Brazuca's colours and ribbon design of the ball panels symbolise the traditional multi-coloured wish bracelets worn in the country, in addition to reflecting the vibrancy and fun associated with football in the South American country. It has a new structural innovation, with a unique symmetry of six identical panels alongside a different surface structure will provide improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the pitch.

2010 South Africa = JABULANI

2010 South Africa = JABULANIAdidas´s Jabulani was the official match ball of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The team are not the only ones that had to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, the official match ball also had to undergo the FIFA Quality Concept for Footballs various tests. After careful examination the Adidas Jabulani was awarded the FIFA seal of approval.

The Adidas Jabulani played a key role in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, providing many exciting moments with its proven quality.

2006 Germany = TEAMGEIST

2006 Germany = TEAMGEISTMore than three years of extensive research and development were required to present the Adidas +Teamgeist, the company's best ever performing ball. Thanks to a revolutionary 14-panel ball configuration, players were able to show their true skills, as the quality and performance characteristics were identical every time they kicked the ball.

The adidas Innovation Team (a.i.t) rigorously tested the new ball for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, first under the toughest laboratory conditions possible, later also with professional players and clubs on the field of play. Scientific tests were conducted together with the Sports Technology Research Group of the University of Loughborough, one of the leading institutions of its kind worldwide. These tests confirmed that the adidas +Teamgeist was more round, precise and consistent than any top competitor's match ball.

Italy won their fourth world crown in Germany, beating France on penalties in Berlin. If Zinedine Zidane's red card was the final's defining image, Italy's triumph will be remembered as a team effort, with ten different Azzurri players finding the net during the course of the tournament.

2002 Korea/Japan = FERVENOVA

2002 Korea/ Japan = FERVENOVAThe ball for the Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup was known as the "Fevernova". It was the result of three years of improvement on the "Tricolore" at the Adidas research centre in Scheinfeld, southern Germany. It was made up of six layers or coatings starting with a natural latex bladder inside, followed by three-ply Raschel knitted fabric, syntactic foam, a polyurethane layer, a protected iriodine print and finally a transparent polyurethane abrasion-resistant coating. The Adidas triad design had now become two single, enlarged triads with the points turning into grey, red and gold arrows pointing clockwise. The background was no longer a traditional plain white but more of a champagne colour. Over 2,500 balls were supplied for the finals, with an estimated six million of the high-quality match balls and replica-quality balls were sold worldwide.

The final was between the two most successful FIFA World Cup nations of all time – Brazil and Germany. Ronaldo's two second-half goals gave Brazil their fifth FIFA World Cup title and firmly lay the ghosts of the France '98 final to rest. It was a hard-fought and equal match befitting a clash of two of world football's titans, but Ronaldo had the touch of greatness that separated the two teams in Yokohama, Japan.

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2014 World Cup: The 12 Cities

There were a total of 18 cities that wanted to be part of the 2014 World Cup. However, only 12 out of the 18 cities were able to host the games. It was a difficult choice however, as none of the 18 cities were able to host a game according to FIFA´s regulation at the time. Since then, the 12 elected cities have been working hard in order to build the stadiums and to offer better conditions for tourists, such as hotels, public transportation, restaurants and so on.

This will be the second World Cup held here in Brazil – the first one was in 1950. As you may know, the Brazilian people are extremely excited and are hoping Brazil can add to the five previous World Cup successes. Would you like to learn more about the host cities?

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2014 World Cup Schedule

First Round - Match 1







June 12

Brazil vs. A2

Arena de São Paulo

São Paulo


June 13

A3 vs. A4

Estádio das Dunas



June 13

B1 vs. B2

Arena Fonte Nova



June 13

B3 vs. B4

Arena Pantanal



June 14

C1 vs. C2

Estádio Mineirão

Belo Horizonte


June 14

C3 vs. C4

Arena Pernambuco



June 14

D1 vs. D2

Estádio Castelão



June 14

D3 vs. D4

Arena Amazonia



June 15

E1 vs. E2

Estádio Nacional



June 15

E3 vs. E4

Estádio Beira-Rio

Porto Alegre


June 15

F1 vs. F2

Estádio do Maracanã

Rio de Janeiro


June 16

F3 vs. F4

Arena da Baixada



June 16

G1 vs. G2

Arena Fonte Nova



June 16

G3 vs. G4

Estádio das Dunas



June 17

H1 vs. H2

Estádio Mineirão

Belo Horizonte


June 17

H3 vs. H4

Arena Pantanal


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World Cup Posters

Do you know in how many cities the World Cup will take place in Brazil? 12.

Oh, ok, that was an easy question! Let's make it harder. Do you know that each of the 12 host cities has a poster representing the World Cup? No? Well - Yes, it does!

Would you like to see what they look like and which city they represent?

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Brazil in a Nutshell!

Our flag

What does it mean?

The green represents the forests and the yellow our mineral wealth. The blue represents the sky at night in Rio de Janeiro when the Republic was declared on the 15 of November, 1889, with the number of stars representing the number of states and the capital, Distrito Federal.

Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world (after Russia, Canada, United States and China). It's mainly a tropical country that shares boundaries with every South American country except for Chile and Ecuador.

The official language is Portuguese and the population is made up of mixed ethnicities including various mixes of African, European and Native descendants.

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Will The United States Display Better Football This Time?

At the first ever World Cup, which was held in Uruguay in 1930, the U.S.A ended in 3rd place, which was quite an accomplishment. After that success, their progress came to a halt.

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Distances Timetable

From To Distance (km)
Recife Natal 285km
São Paulo   Curitiba 407km
Rio de Janeiro Belo Horizonte 437km
São Paulo Rio de Janeiro 442km
Natal  Fortaleza 526km
Porto Alegre  Curitiba 751km
Recife  Salvador 805km
Rio de Janeiro Curitiba 840km
São Paulo Brasília 1.006km
Brasília  Cuiabá 1.022km
Salvador  Natal 1.093km
Porto Alegre São Paulo 1.143km
Brasília  Rio de Janeiro 1.160km
Fortaleza  Salvador 1.227km
Salvador  Brasília 1.457km
Belo Horizonte Cuiabá 1.577km
Porto Alegre  Rio de Janeiro 1.586km
Curitiba  Cuiabá 1.726km
Cuiabá  Rio de Janeiro 1.925km
Salvador  São Paulo 1.971km
Belo Horizonte  Recife 2.028km
Brasília Recife 2.126km
Brasília  Porto Alegre 2.126km
Natal  Belo Horizonte 2.292km
Belo Horizonte  Fortaleza 2.349km
Cuiabá  Porto Alegre 2.350km
Salvador  Curitiba 2.380km
Salvador  Cuiabá 2.476km
Rio de Janeiro Fortaleza 2.620km
São Paulo  Recife 2.648km
São Paulo Natal 2.912Km
Porto Alegre  Salvador 3.123km
Cuiabá  Fortaleza 3.201km
Manaus Brasília 3.361km
Manaus  São Paulo 3.876km
Fortaleza Manaus 4.069km
Curitiba  Manaus 4.069km
Manaus  Rio de Janeiro 4.277km
Manaus Recife 4.508km

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Sarah Brown, Head of the IPC interviews Joanna Travi from the British School of Rio:

What's the plan with the units?

We're going to do the units the 2 weeks before the end of our term, which is before the start of the World Cup, building up to fever pitch!

We're setting up a working party to prepare for the units, there are teachers and students involved – the student council will be writing for the blog.

What do you think your school can offer all our IPC schools around the world?

When people think of Brazil they often think of Rio, but when you look at the units, there are stadiums all over Brazil. People outside of the country might not know what a traditional metropolitan city in the Amazon looks like. Amazonian metropolitan city looks like. They think of Rio with Christ and the beaches. Our staff and children know this country, the geographical knowledge, the culture, the food, Brazil is amazingly diverse. And why football is so magical and inspirational in Brazil!

Brazil is so excited to be hosting the World Cup, everyone is talking about it.

The atmosphere will be amazing, the festival culture is in Brazil – carnival, new year's eve – Brazil knows how to put on a show!

We will be hosting a football competition in school when we launch the units, and we're really excited about getting involved in the Street World Cup project. The community work that we do as a school is really important. Our children need to understand that life is not the same for them as it is for most people in Rio, and indeed the rest of the country. There are some great community aspects to the World Cup, and we're looking forward to exploring the internationalism as well. Many of our children don't have a particularly international perspective because they live locally. Maybe they travel for their holidays, but not much more. How we're going to look at the WC units won't be studying Brazil, but studying all the other countries that will be involved. We can't wait!
Football This Time?


The Street Child World Cup

The Street Child World Cup in association with Save the Children is a global movement for street children to receive the protection and opportunities that all children are entitled to.


Additional resourcing:

There are independent companies that produce World Cup resources that support IPC learning. One of these is B & C Educational: http://www.primary-school-resources.com/offers.html

Do you use resources from an independent company for any of the IPC units? Would you recommend them to other IPC member schools? Let us know so we can spread the ideas!

From Oxfam GB
- The World Cup: A Fair Game?
Use the World Cup to explore inequality.

These activities will support pupils to use football to examine inequality between and within countries, explore footballers and other people who have taken action to make the world fairer, examine news around the World Cup, consider how making new rules in football could make the game fairer, and understand the causes, effects and solutions to inequality in Brazil.
There are independent activities linked to a variety of curriculum areas and support for pupils to make a 'World Cup Fairness Display' to show their learning to the rest of the school.