Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Primary 5







  1. Define football
  2. Mention the players for football.
  3. Mention the facilities and equipment for football.

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6 years basic Education curriculum

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Pupils are familiar with the topic in their previous classes.



History of football in Nigeria

Football is one of the oldest sports. Its origin is not very certain. Countries, such as England, Ireland and Italy have claimed the origin. In 1904, the Fèdèration Internationale de Football Association or International Football Association (FIFA) was formed. Football must have been introduced to Nigeria through our early contacts with the British missionaries and colonial adventurers in the early twentieth century. In 1945, Nigerian Football Association (NFA) was established and in 1959, the NFA was affiliated to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the FIFA., the body in charge of the game globally. Football is the most popular game in Nigeria today.

Various schools and colleges as well as football clubs all over Nigeria play the game. Nigerian national team (the Super Eagles) got the gold medal in the African Cup of Nations in 1980, and in 1994, Nigeria’s team finally reached the World Cup for the first time. Other World Cup appearances are in 1998, 2002 and 2010 in South Africa. In the junior categories, Nigeria’s Golden Eagles won the maiden edition of FIFA Kodak JVC World Cup in 1985. They also won it in 1993 and 2007. The Nigerian under-23 squad won the Olympic gold medal in Atlanta Olympics in 1996. The Nigerian Super Falcons (female national team) are the champions in Africa. They too have represented the country on many occasions.

Nature of the game

Football is played by eleven players on each side. The game is started from the centre circle by a kick-off by a player from either of the two teams. It is played by both boys and girls, and men and women. The purpose of the game, which is of 90 minutes duration, is to score goals. Goals can be scored by playing the ball across the goal line, into the net between the goalposts. A goal could be scored by any player in the field of play.

Facilities and equipment

  • The field of play
  • The goalposts and nets
  • The ball with a circumference of 67.5 – 70 cm and a weight of 0.40 – 0.43 kg
  • The dresses (jerseys, stockings, hand gloves, boots)
  • The flag posts
  • Stopwatches
  • Referee’s cards (yellow and red)
  • The referee’s whistle

The field of play

The playing field for football is a rectangular space. The two longer lines are called touch lines while the two shorter lines are called goal lines.

The goalpost is placed in the centre of the goal line.


Assessment and evaluation

Teacher asks questions from pupils based on the topic 

Wrap up and conclusions

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  • The senior national team is called _______ ________.
  • The senior national female team is called _______________.
  • The junior national team that won the maiden edition of Kodak JVC world cup in 1985 is called _______ __________.
  • Which team won the gold medal in Atlanta Olympics?

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