Maths Careers: The mathematics of football

The mathematics of football

This collection contains a range of teaching materials to support the Maths Careers article 'The mathematics of football' by Hazel Lewis.

The resource collection includes a link to the full article as well as resources to explore mathematical concepts in football.

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Crystal Shapes 1

This activity from Cre8ate maths explores the rotational symmetry of crystals. Students work with plain and coloured nets of cubes may use trial and improvement methods to find different possible rotations of symmetry, before exploring ways to be systematic in their investigation.

Students investigate then explores Euler’s formula, which is the relationship between the number of vertices, edges and faces for each crystal, before testing their conjecture on other solids.

publication year
2010 to date

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Football

This in-depth package is based around video clips of the Swanscombe Tigers youth football team training and preparing for a game.

The three activities ask students to decide which positions on the field the different players might be best suited to based on the players’ performances; consider the key factors involved in ensuring a successful pass or interception and explore hypotheses relating to areas of the goal that are ‘better’ to aim at to score a goal.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Analysing the Game

This video, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), explores the research and technology behind Opta Sports data and provides first-hand information directly from interviews with the engineers and sports professionals involved.

publication year
2010 to date

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Graph Shots

This interactive game from the Association for Science Education (ASE) tackles the interpretation of distance/time graphs in the context of a football match.

Help students' develop an understanding of distance/time graphs by comparing graphs with written accounts and video footage of a football match, demonstrating a different key point at each level of the game.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Maths in sport - soccer booklets

These three Eigen publications booklets provide a range of data handling activities based on football. The booklets largely focus on calculation of means and the use of tallies, frequency tables and bar graphs. However, they also encourage students to look at rather larger amounts of data than they would meet in many texts and to comment on, and make sense of, what they observe.

publication year
1980 - 1989

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Maths Career Profiles

This booklet has been provided by More Maths Grads and it is designed to highlight the versatility of mathematics and to show that a degree in the mathematical sciences can take students anywhere; it can open doors, from developing software technologies to being a professional rugby league player. Working on exciting and innovative projects, mathematicians are highly valued and an essential element of any successful team.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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