FIFA World Cup SA 2010 Lessons
Introducing South Africa
• South Africa: A Brief History...The Republic of South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. To the north lie Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe; to the east are Mozambique and Swaziland; while Lesotho is an independent country wholly surrounded by South African territory.
• An Eye on a Region: The North West Province...North West lies in the north of South Africa on the Botswana border, fringed by the Kalahari desert in the west, Gauteng province to the east, and the Free State to the south. It is known as the Platinum Province for the wealth of the metal it has underground. Mafikeng (previously Mafeking) is the capital, and best known for the famous siege during the Anglo-Boer War, which ended in a decisive victory for the British and made a hero of Robert Baden-Powell. The city lies near the Botswana border and forms a single urban area with its neighbouring town, Mmabatho. Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp are the biggest cities in the province; other main towns are Brits and Rustenburg. Most economic activity is concentrated in the southern region between Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp, as well as Rustenburg and the eastern region, where more than 83.3% of the province's economic activity takes place. North West has a number of major tourist attractions, including the internationally famous Sun City, the Pilanesberg National Park, the Madikwe Game Reserve and the Rustenburg Nature Reserve.
• An Eye on a Region: The Eastern Cape, Its Districts and ECSDRAC ...The Eastern Cape is a province of South Africa. Its capital is Bhisho. It was formed in 1994 out of the "independent" homelands of Transkei and Ciskei, as well as the eastern portion of the Cape Province. Landing place and home of the 1820 settlers. It is partly the traditional home of the Xhosa, and the birthplace of many prominent South Africans, such as Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Steve Biko and Charles Coghlan. Makana Moncipality is in charge of the provision of services to a major part of this wonderful province.
How It All began
• Digging into History, the Origins of Modern-Day Soccer and Celebrations in Africa...South Africa will be hosting the FIFA World Cup in June 2010. This will be the first time that this prestigous tournmament will be played on African Soil. Soccer is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players using a spherical ball. It is widely considered to be the most popular sport in the world. The game is played on a rectangular grass or artificial turf field, with a goal in the centre of each of the short ends. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played at the public schools of England. The Cambridge Rules, first drawn up at Cambridge University in 1848, were particularly influential in the development of subsequent codes, including association football.
• Footballs Modern Touch and the Landscape of South African Soccer...Soccer is the most popular game in the world, with 4% of the worlds population as active players. This game effects everyday life for hundreds of millions of people globally and has many social impacts.
• The World of Football Management and Chronicles of the World Cup...There are 6 Regional Soccer Confederations. The Confederations are the umbrella organisations of the national football associations on each continent. The AFC in Asia, CAF in Africa, the Football Confederation (CONCACAF) in North and Central America and the Caribbean, CONMEBOL in South America, UEFA in Europe and the OFC in Oceania all provide support to FIFA without encroaching on the rights of the national associations. In fact, the Confederations actually raise the profile of football further, by staging their own competitions at club and international level and though a range of other activities.
Football in Africa
Some Legendary Footballers
• Soccer Stars: The Men and the Woman and Our Animal Kingdom...In the run up to the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 this lesson outlines some of the major players, both past and present, who have graced the field.
• Soccer Technicalities and the Schedule of the 2010 Tournament...The modern game was codified in England following the formation of The Football Association, whose 1863 Laws of the Game created the foundations for the way the sport is played today. Football is governed internationally by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (International Federation of Association Football), commonly known by the acronym FIFA. The most prestigious international football competition is the FIFA World Cup, held every four years.