General Listening Quiz

“World Cup Soccer”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate World Cup Soccer man – woman 01:48

Pre-Listening Exercise

In what way(s) is the game of soccer similar and/or different from other individual or team sports?


be bounced out” = be eliminated from
Although there were high expectations from our team, they were quickly bounced out of the tournament.”

roll over” = beat a team convincingly
The championship team rolled over the competition with ease.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

According to the man, his team lost the first match due to ____.

Man: Well, in the first match, two of their star players were out with nagging injuries, so the rest of the players, unfortunately, just couldn't keep up with the opposing team.

The team lost their second game because of ____.

Man: Yea, but that's beside the point. And, and then, in the second game, the refs made some terrible calls, allowing the opposing team to slip by with a victory. I mean, we were robbed on that one.

The man's team was winning the final match until ____.

Man: And finally, our team was ahead in the final watch---I mean they were way out ahead until the other team rallied in the final three minutes of play to squeak out a victory.

Which team does the man want to win the World Cup now?

Woman: So, who are you rooting for now, seeing that your team has been eliminated? Man: Ah, I can't watch any more soccer, so I've been following an online chess tournament. (In other words, he doesn't care who wins, or at least, he doesn't mention anyone.)

Now that his team is out of the tournament, he's _____.

Man: Ah, I can't watch any more soccer, so I've been following an online chess tournament.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

What do you think are the three specific keys to becoming a good soccer player and a great soccer team?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to learn three things about the history of soccer around the world. Here are some possible questions:

  • Where and when did the sport begin?
  • What are the basic objectives and rules of the sport?
  • How is the game different from sports such as American football and rugby?
  • Which two or three players in the world have made a significant impact on the game?