# Getting Your Kicks from the World Cup

Here's your nightly math! Just 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can jump in. Your kids will love you for it.

# Getting Your Kicks from the World Cup

June 15, 2018

Yesterday kicked off the World Cup, the big contest where countries send their best soccer players (or football, as most countries call it) to try to win the top prize. That trophy is a ball, not a cup, but they still want to win it! The countries are clumped into groups of 4, and each team plays the other 3. The 2 winningest teams from each group go on to the round of 16. At that point, teams have to win each game to move on to the next. So the 16 teams chop down to 8, then down to 4, then to the 2 best teams left for the final game. It’s very, very hard to kick the ball into the goal, since the field is so huge. When someone does score, it’s a big deal!

Wee ones: Soccer is played with a ball. Try to find 3 ball shapes in your room.

Little kids: If Iceland becomes 1 of the 16 top teams, how many other teams are still in it with them?  Bonus: If the top 9 teams lined up, which number team would be exactly in the middle?

Big kids: There are 8 groups with 4 teams in each, but only 1 will be the final winner. How many of those teams won’t win the World Cup?  Bonus: In the group games, a country gets 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss. In those 3 games, what’s the 1 total score between 0 and 9 that a country cannot get?