World Cup

World Cup

Focus Skills: Communication · Synchronization · Teamwork

World Cup is an exciting Standards-based Cooperation game for Elementary level PE programs. It can be played in a gym or outdoors, and focuses on Teamwork, Communication, and Synchronization.

quickrulesicon Quick Rules

The goal is to carry a ball as far as possible as a team using pool noodles.
Divide students into teams of 4-6 people.
Give every player a large pool noodle and give every team a large ball (volleyball or foam ball).
Set a starting line and a turnaround point for each team.
The teams stand on the starting line and work together to lift the ball with the noodles – no one may touch the ball with their hands.
Once the ball is over their heads the team must move as a group to the turnaround point and back to the starting line without dropping the ball.
If the ball falls, the entire team returns to the beginning and starts over.
The first team to make it to the turnaround point and back wins.

buildicon Builds

Build One: Making Progress
Rather than having teams start by playing with the full version of the rules, give each team a beanbag and have them see how far they can go without dropping the ball. If they do drop the ball, the team puts down their beanbag at that location, moves back to the start, and their challenge is now to move past the beanbag.
Build Two: Modifying Equipment
Use a lighter beach ball if teams are having trouble carrying a volleyball or foam ball.

tacticalicon Grade Level Outcomes


questionsicon Discussion Questions

How did you have to coordinate your movements as a team to successfully get the ball to the other side and back?
How was communication a challenge in this game?
How did having one or more blindfolded players on your team affect your communication?

safetyicon Safety Information

Teams must be careful not to bump into other teams.
Blindfolded players must walk.

equipmenticon Equipment Requirements

Foam Noodles
Different Balls (e.g. Volleyball, Foam Ball, Beach Ball)