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The World Cup: A Fair Game?

Oxfam caught football fever during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, creating a range of fun and creative education resources for teachers. Using the World Cup as a topical entry-point to explore issues of inequality, the activities and learning streams use the global game to help students examine and explore:

  • Inequality between and within countries playing in the World Cup
  • How soccer players and other people who have taken action to make the world fairer
  • The news around the World Cup
  • How making new rules in soccer could make the game fairer, and
  • The causes, effects and solutions to inequality in Brazil.

Subjects and the Australian Curriculum

The activities help teachers to capture students’ imaginations, and weave global education in authentic and relevant ways though the subjects of English, Geography, Mathematics, PE and Civics & Citizenship.

Oxfam Australia has identified the resources, created by Oxfam Great Britain, are suitable for students at Year 7 and 8 levels nationally. Some activities may also be suitable for upper Primary School students.

We’ve also created documents showing how the English, Geography and Mathematics resources link to the Australian Curriculum at Secondary level. Curriculum relevance documents can be found here:

Get the resources

The full list of resources include:

Introductory materials


  • World Cup English Resources (PDF, 276kB) A role play activity exploring the benefits and disadvantages of hosting the world cup, and a look at media coverage of the World Cup and inequality.


  • World Cup Maths Resources (PDF, 556kB) Students will use fractions, probability, percentages and ratios to compare World Cup countries.


Physical Education

  • World Cup PE resources (PDF, 113kB) Pupils explore scenarios where soccer is unfair, think about how to change the rules to make it fairer, and put their rules into practice in their own tournament.

Civics & Citizenship

See Oxfam GB’s full webpage – The World Cup: A Fair game?