Cool Ideas for Enjoying the World Cup as a Family
Every American kid knows about the Super Bowl and the World Series. But the World Cup may be less familiar -- unless you play the so-called "beautiful game," or your family has roots in a soccer-obsessed country such as Brazil. The international tournament is becoming more popular in the United States, though it's been a cherished event for families around the globe since the 1930s. Governed by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the World Cup takes place every four years with more than 20 countries competing during one very intense summer series. In 2019, France hosts the Women's World Cup and the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team is making headlines with its social-media savvy stars such as Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn.
The 2019 Women's World Cup will be broadcast in English on Fox Sports and in Spanish on TelemundoDeportes.com. Both channels are offering tons of coverage and extra goodies on their apps and websites. Whether soccer brings memories from your childhood or you're new to the drama, excitement, and international flavor of the games, these tips can help your whole family get in on the action.
Make it a family affair. Today's kids and adults spend so much time isolated on their own mobile devices, so take the opportunity to enjoy the international spectacle of this incredibly fast-paced game together. Make the World Cup an event worth gathering for: Set up the living room, make snacks, and decorate to support your team. Try these ideas to enhance the experience:
- Visit the Fox Women's World Cup hub for schedules, clips, and extras.
- Check out the ESPN site for breaking news and more.
- Bilingual and Spanish-speaking families: If you subscribe to Comcast's Xfinity X1 platform, take advantage of the wealth of features available in English and Spanish.
- If you don't have cable, you can stream the games. Get step-by-step instructions on how to do this.
Talk about fair play. Watching sports with your kids gives you the opportunity to discuss the range of behaviors you'll see during elite competitive sports. Highlight positive character strengths shown by the players such as teamwork, integrity, and humility. Also talk about fouling and other disrespectful play. Share your perspective and discuss appropriate competitive behavior.
Explore the teams' home countries. The World Cup introduces you to new countries and cultures and offers a fantastic opportunity to discover more about the world. Check out FIFA's Teams page to learn about each team, their countries, their rankings, and more.
Follow players who are good role models on social media. Like other celebrities, soccer stars actively connect with their fans over Twitter. Their positive messages encourage kids of all backgrounds to be proud of their heritage and native languages. Here's the Women's World Cup 2019 Twitter roster.
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Make a family bracket challenge. Even if everyone in your family is rooting for the same team, a bracket challenge can be fun, and the prize can be a family outing -- winner's choice. Print out a bracket form and take the opportunity to practice simple math.
Collect stickers. A tradition that goes back to the '60s, collecting the stickers of all the players participating in the World Cup is something kids around the world enjoy. Visit the Panini sticker site for more information or buy an album and sticker packs on Amazon.
Read about sports legends. There's nothing more inspiring than reading about feats of athleticism.
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