How To Run Socktober

This Socktober we invite children to engage with people experiencing challenges in the developing world through the language they understand best – play! Children are challenged to make a difference through playing the world game of soccer.

What happens before the event?

• We invite you to explore this website and register online to participate in Socktober.

• Online Socktober resources are available for teachers to prepare for discussion and learning for students on event day.

• Download the online liturgy resources to engage students in prayer and formation for Socktober.

• Students are registered by parents and sponsored using the online tools.

• Students make a recycled ‘sockball’ following the instructional video on the Socktober website to understand how children in developing countries play the game of soccer.

Event Day – with all the preparation done, it’s time for action!

• Students gear up in preparation to kick some goals.

• Each child kicks five balls in a penalty shoot‑out style.

• One of the five goal attempts is played with the ‘sockball’ made by students giving a real‑life understanding of sport in developing countries.

• Involve your community – the goalkeeper is an integral part of the game and can join in the fun to ‘save’ goals. Consider inviting your parish priest, parents, a local soccer star, the principal, your local mayor or other local personality to be goalkeeper for the day!

• Teachers and students engage with the prepared learning and liturgy resources designed to support the day.

Socktober Penalty Shootout Resources

Download the resources below to help you run the Socktober Penalty Shootout in your club or school.

Soccer Tips

1. Keep your head over the ball and follow through with your kick.

2. Pick your spot that you want to shoot before your kick and don’t change your mind.

3. Keep an eye on the positioning of the goalkeeper.

4. Contact the ball with the instep of your foot for more accuracy

How to make a Sockball

Check out this video that shows you how to make your very own Sockball!