The Reading / Listening - Football / Soccer - Level 0

Europe's top football clubs created a super league. It fell apart less than 48 hours later. The European Super League made fans, players and managers angry. The British Prime Minister was angry. He said the new league would destroy football. Many football fans protested. They said greedy club owners created the ESL.

Top teams from England, Spain and Italy joined the ESL. No teams from Germany and France joined. This made it less European. In Germany, fans own 51 per cent of their teams. Fan power is big. The UK government said it would take action to stop the ESL. FIFA could ban players who played in the ESL from the World Cup.

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    Football / Soccer - Level 1 Football / Soccer - Level 2   or  Football / Soccer - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.espn.com/soccer/manchester-united/story/4365066/man-united-man-city-players-voice-super-league-concerns-to-clubs-sources
  • https://sports.yahoo.com/super-league-faces-potential-legal-215850700.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/apr/19/european-super-league-government-fa-and-uefa-unite-to-denounce-plans


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Europe's top
  2. It fell
  3. less than
  4. fans, players
  5. The British Prime Minister was
  6. He said the new league would
  7. Many football fans
  8. greedy club
  1. destroy football
  2. and managers
  3. owners
  4. apart
  5. protested
  6. football clubs
  7. angry
  8. 48 hours later

Paragraph 2

  1. Top teams
  2. Spain and Italy
  3. No teams from Germany and
  4. This made it less
  5. fans own 51 per cent
  6. Fan power is
  7. it would take
  8. FIFA could ban
  1. big
  2. France joined
  3. of their teams
  4. action
  5. from England
  6. European
  7. players
  8. joined the ESL

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Europe's top football (1) ___________________ super league. It fell (2) ___________________ 48 hours later. The European Super League made (3) ___________________ managers angry. The British Prime Minister was angry. He (4) ___________________ league (5) ___________________. Many football fans protested. They said (6) ___________________ created the ESL.

(7) ___________________ England, Spain and Italy joined the ESL. (8) ___________________ Germany and France joined. This (9) ___________________ European. In Germany, fans own 51 per cent of their teams. Fan (10) ___________________. The UK government said it (11) ___________________ to stop the ESL. FIFA could ban players (12) ___________________ the ESL from the World Cup.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Europe'stopfootballclubscreatedasuperleague.Itfellapartlessthan4
8hourslater.TheEuropeanSuperLeaguemadefans,playersandmana
gersangry.TheBritishPrimeMinisterwasangry.Hesaidthenewleague
woulddestroyfootball.Manyfootballfansprotested.Theysaidgreedycl
ubownerscreatedtheESL.TopteamsfromEngland,SpainandItalyjoin
edtheESL.NoteamsfromGermanyandFrancejoined.ThismadeitlessE
uropean.InGermany,fansown51percentoftheirteams.Fanpowerisbi
g.TheUKgovernmentsaiditwouldtakeactiontostoptheESL.FIFAcould
banplayerswhoplayedintheESLfromtheWorldCup.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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