PW13 Playing football TOGETHER – a pupil-centred approach to teaching football in physical education

Chair: Heim, C. & Frick, U.GYM 9
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Heim, C., Frick, U.
Playing football TOGETHER – a pupil-centred approach to teaching football in physical education
Even though football is enormously popular amongst children, few things in physical education in schools are as difficult as initiating and especially maintaining a match in which all children are included. The reasons for this are manifold:
- first, there is hardly another sport in which the pupils’ pre-experience differs so much, resulting in a level of play that is more heterogeneous than in any other ball game,
- second, in comparison with games in which the ball can be controlled with the hand, ball control with the foot is an added difficulty especially for children and youths with little or no experience,
- third, the ball flies through the air more and at a higher speed than in other ball games, which not only adds to the difficulty of controlling (stopping) the ball, but can also induce fear of the ball especially in inexperienced players.
As a result, children with football experience often dominate the game even more than experienced players in other ball games such as handball or basketball, while inexperienced children hardly have a chance to actively participate in the game.
In this workshop we will present a child-centred approach to teaching football in physical education aimed at reducing the above mentioned problems. The teaching unit centres on dividing classes into small teams, each led (and coached) by an “expert” player. The teams stay together throughout the whole unit, identifying and practising skills needed to improve individually and as a team. We present worksheets and group tasks designed to develop an understanding for common elements of the game and basic tactics needed for success. Our aim is to put the responsibility for the game into the hands of the children, allowing them to make their own adaptations in order to maximize the level of challenge and fun.

July 20, 2016

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July 19, 2016

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January 18, 2016

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