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An Irish woman could win FIFA's Goal of the Year award. Stephanie Roche plays international football for Ireland. She is one of three people on the list. The others are Robin van Persie and James Rodriquez. The list started with ten players. After Ms Roche heard the news, she told reporters: "It's been a crazy day." Roche scored her goal for her old team in 2013. It is now an Internet hit, with over 2.5 million views. Ms Roche thanked everyone for voting for her. She is proud to be the first woman on FIFA's list. She said: "That is a great achievement and something I'm delighted to say I have done." She explained that: "French TV came down to watch me watching the results….I was the first name called out….To be in the top three is brilliant." Roche's goal has changed her career and her life. She is now a professional footballer in France.

Mr Jimenez

[READING] Irish woman on soccer Goal of the Year list

Grades: 8th Grade, 7th Grade, 9th Grade
Subjects: Multilingual Learners, Social Studies, Reading

Student Instructions

You can use: video mic drawing note Skimming yes/no questions to do while reading: FIFA has an award for best goal of the year. (Yes/No) One of the three finalists is a woman. (Yes/No) Ms Roche is not thankful for the news. (Yes/No) A TV station from Ireland came and talked to her. (Yes/No) It is common for a woman to be candidate for a football award. (Yes/No) The students write down at least 3 questions whose answers can be found in the text itself, and 3 more whose answers can not be found in the text. For example: Questions to be answered with the text: Where is Ms. Roche from? How did she feel about the news? Where does she play currently? Questions to be answered according to the students’ opinions: Do you think women should earn as much money as men? Why do you think Ms. Roche’s name is generally unknown? Do you think both women and men can do any kind of sports?