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Football Maths (originally Euro 2000)
Ideas contributed by Sash Hamidi and Grant Whitaker

Sash writes: 'There are lots of possibilities for maths in Euro 2000:
1. Probability of a team winning
2. How the matches are organised
3. Map of Holland/Belgium - use for map skills/coordinates
4. Statistics - number of goals scored per match/ group/ number of goals scored by strikers/ defenders/ keepers!!!
5. Time - how much of the match is actual play/ injury/ tackles etc (analyse a short clip of a game)
6. Flags - appreciation of other European countries'

Grant Whitaker, from Croftinloan School, writes: 'From the Internet ( or newspaper supplements collect information regarding one of the teams in the competition. Facts about the country itself: Population, area, population density etc. Draw the flag and decide whether it has rotational or reflective symmetry.

For each individual player find out their age, caps, height and weight Calculate the mean, mode and median of these numbers Draw a scatter graph to show the relationship between age and caps (positive relationship?)

After the completion of the group matches, choose a group to analyse:
1. How many games were played in the group?
2. How many goals were scored?
3. What was the difference between the number of goals scored at half-time and full-time?
4. After how many minutes was the first goal scored? Who scored it and for which country?
5. When was the last goal scored? Who scored it and for which country?
6. How many goals were scored after 60 minutes of football?
7. How many penalties were scored?
8. Express this as i) a fraction and ii) a percentage of the total number of goals scored. 9. Which player, or players scored the most goals?
10. What was the total number of people that watched the games?
11. What and where was the highest attendance?
12. What and where was the lowest attendance?
13. Round the attendance figures up to the nearest thousand.
14. Make a graph of the attendance for each country.

Questions concerning all groups
1. Add up the total number of goals scored. Which group had the most number of goals scored; the fewest number of goals scored?
2. What was the total attendance for each group? Where was the highest? Where was the lowest? 3. In which group was the first goal scored; the last goal scored?
4. Make a graph of top attendance's for each group.

General questions
1. There are 6 matches played in each group. If a team was to win all its matches, how many points would it get? (3 for a win, 1 for a draw)
2. What is the average number of goals scored and goals conceded in each group?
3. Which team has the best goal difference? The worst goal difference? Make a graph of goal differences. (This includes some work with negative numbers)'


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