Starter: Word Squads

Get brains working by asking students to work out an 11 man football team where the names of each player must all begin with the same letter. Take my ‘S’ team for example:

Goalkeeper: Szczesny, Wojciech (ARSENAL)

Defender: Shaw, Luke (SOUTHAMPTON)

Defender:Smalling, Chris (MAN UTD)

Defender: Stones, John (EVERTON)

Defender: Sagna, Bacary (ARSENAL)

Mid:Schurrle, Andre (CHELSEA)

Mid:Snodgrass, Rob (NORWICH)

Mid:Sidwell, Steve (FULHAM)

Mid:Silva, David (MAN CITY)

Striker: Suarez, Luis (LIVERPOOL)

Striker: Sturridge, Daniel (LIVERPOOL)


Loads of variations you can use on this: A team full of players with animals in their names (LIONel Messi, Van WOLFSwinkel..) for example? You could test the spelling of words by making  pupils name a player whose name begins with each sequential letter. For example, ONOMATOPOEIA:







O ?


O ?





It’s difficult yes. But there’s a lot to be said for making things difficult. Read this if you don’t believe me:

P.S. Let me know if you get those O’s.




One thought on “Starter: Word Squads

  1. Oscar
    Manuel Neuer
    Jonny O’Shea
    Juan Mata
    Emmanuel Adebayor
    John Terry
    Michael Owen
    Lukas Podolski
    Mesut Ozil
    Patrice Evra
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    Vurnon Anita

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