Best Soccer Books
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1. WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game
Author: by Abby Wambach
Based on her inspiring, viral 2018 commencement speech to Barnard College’s graduates in New York City, New York Times bestselling author, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach delivers her empowering rally cry for women to unleash their individual power, unite with their pack, and emerge victorious together.
Abby Wambach became a champion because of her incredible talent as a soccer player. She became an icon because of her remarkable wisdom as a leader. As the co-captain of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Champion Team, she created a culture not just of excellence, but of honor, commitment, resilience, and sisterhood.
She helped transform a group of individual women into one of the most successful, powerful and united Wolfpacks of all time. In her retirement, Abby’s ready to do the same for her new team: All Women Everywhere. In Wolfpack, Abby’s message to women is:We have never been Little Red Riding Hood.We Are the Wolves.
We must wander off the path and blaze a new one: together. She insists that women must let go of old rules of leadership that neither include or serve them. She’s created a new set of Wolfpack rules to help women unleash their individual power, unite with their Wolfpack, and change the landscape of their lives and world: from the family room to the board room to the White House.
2. Soccer IQ: Things That Smart Players Do, Vol. 1
Author: by Dan Blank
An Amazon #1 Best-Seller! Named the #1 Soccer Book by Football.Com. Named a Top 5 Book of the Year by the NSCAA Soccer Journal! Soccer iQ is the first book for soccer PLAYERS! In a world saturated with books about how to coach soccer, Dan Blank finally gives players a book on how to think it.
Standing on two decades of collegiate coaching experience, Blank has catalogued soccer’s most common mistakes and provides simple, connect-the-dots solutions to help players solve their soccer problems. Soccer IQ is soccer’s first text book for players; an almanac of smarter soccer decisions intended to flatten out the learning curve.
It covers everything from hunting rebounds to the value of the toe-ball; from playing in the rain to the world’s dumbest foul. Blank tells his story from the familiar and humorous voice of a coach who has endured years of stress at the hands of his players.
Written in plain-spoken language, Soccer IQ is an easy read and a quick-fix to the most common yet critically important soccer problems. Includes a bonus chapter on the college recruiting process. Finally someone wrote this book! If every soccer player read Soccer IQ, every coach would be a lot happier.
3. Wenger: My Life and Lessons in Red and White
Author: by Arsene Wenger
In Wenger: My Life and Lessons in Red and White, world-renowned and revolutionary soccer coach Arsne Wenger finally tells his own story for the very first time. Wenger opens up about his life, sharing principles for success on and off the field with lessons on leadership, personal development, and management.
This book charts his extraordinary career, including his rise from obscurity in France and Japan to his 22 years at the helm of Arsenal Football Club Covers the years of controversy that led up to his resignation in 2018 and his current seat as chief of global football development for FIFA Wenger offers studious reflections on the game and his groundbreaking approach to motivation, mindset, fitness, and the winning edge.
He popularized the attacking approach and belief that the game should be entertaining. Includes full-color photo Among the most successful managers of all time, Wenger, affectionately nicknamed “the professor,” has won multiple championships and run one undefeated and unmatched English Premier League season.
4. The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports
Author: by Joshua Robinson
The Club is the inside story of how English soccer’s Premier League became the wildest, richest, most popular sports product on the planet, “a narrative that is part Great Expectations, part Game of Thrones, in equal measure.” (Roger Bennett, NBC Sports, Men in Blazers) This is a sports and business tale of how money, ambition, and twenty-five years of drama remade an ancient institution into a twenty-first-century entertainment empire.
No one knew it when their experiment began, but without any particular genius or acumen, the motley cast of billionaires and hucksters behind the modern Premier League struck gold. Pretty soon, everyone wanted to try their luck, from Russian oligarchs to Emirati sheikhs, American tycoons, and Asian Tiger titans.
Some succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Some lost everything. Today, players are sold for tens of millions, clubs are valued in the billions, and games are beamed out to nearly two hundred countries, all while the league struggles to preserve its English soul.
5. Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics
Author: by Jonathan Wilson
Bold Type Books
“An outstanding work the [soccer] book of the decade.” – Sunday Business PostInverting the Pyramid is a pioneering soccer book that chronicles the evolution of soccer tactics and the lives of the itinerant coaching geniuses who have spread their distinctive styles across the globe.
Through Jonathan Wilson’s brilliant historical detective work we learn how the South Americans shrugged off the British colonial order to add their own finesse to the game; how the Europeans harnessed individual technique and built it into a team structure; how the game once featured five forwards up front, while now a lone striker is not uncommon.
Inverting the Pyramid provides a definitive understanding of the tactical genius of modern-day Barcelona, for the first time showing how their style of play developed from Dutch “Total Football,” which itself was an evolution of the Scottish passing game invented by Queens Park in the 1870s and taken on by Tottenham Hotspur in the 1930s.
Inverting the Pyramid has been called the “Big Daddy” (Zonal Marking) of soccer tactics books; it is essential for any coach, fan, player, or fantasy manager of the beautiful game.
6. When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World
Author: by Carli Lloyd
A New York Times bestseller from the superstar who is going to Tokyo for her fourth Olympicsthe oldest player the U.S. Women’s national team has ever sent. If you are a real soccer playerthen this is the book for you to read …
Inspiring and uplifting. GoalNation In 2015, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team won its first FIFA championship in sixteen years, culminating in an epic final game that electrified soccer fans around the world. It featured a gutsy, brilliant performance by team captain and midfielder Carli Lloyd, who made history that day, scoring a hat trick during the first sixteen minutes.
But there was a time when Carli almost quit the sport. In 2003 she was struggling, her soccer career at a crossroads. Then she found a trusted trainer, James Galanis, who saw in Carli a player with raw talent, skill, and a great dedication to the game.
Together they set to work, training day and night, fighting, grinding it out. Despite all the naysayers, the times she was benched, the moments when her self-confidence took a nosedive, she succeeded in becoming one of the best players in the world and bound for the Summer Games in 2021 at thirty-nine.
7. Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica: A Suboptimal Guide to Soccer, America's "Sport of the Future" Since 1972
Author: by Roger Bennett
The essential guide to world soccerthe history, the players, the fan culturefrom the phenomenally popular duo from NBC Sports. The Men in Blazers are two English-born, soccer-obsessed broadcasters who have savored the dizzying growth of the game along with millions of Americans.
Now they immerse fans and novices alike in the history and culture of the world’s game with Encyclopedia Blazertannica. Examining fan culture, from the famous stadium chants to the tactical variations of scarf tying, exploring the complex physics and ethics of both celebratory knee slides and fights between players, reliving the careers of legendary players, classic matches, and colorful World Cup history, and sharing a deep appreciation for the athletic brilliance and ill-judged neck tattoos that dominate the sport, this indispensable tome gives readers a front-row seat to all the action of football madness.
A New York Times Bestseller!
8. How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
Author: by Franklin Foer
An eccentric, fascinating expos of a world most of us know nothing about. The New York Times Book Review “An insightful, entertaining, brainiac sports road trip.” The Wall Street Journal “Foer’s skills as a narrator are enviable. His characterizations are comparable to those in Norman Mailer’s journalism.” The Boston Globe A groundbreaking worknamed one of the five most influential sports books of the decade by Sports IllustratedHow Soccer Explains the World is a unique and brilliantly illuminating look at soccer, the world’s most popular sport, as a lens through which to view the pressing issues of our age, from the clash of civilizations to the global economy.
9. Soccer Smarts for Kids: 60 Skills, Strategies, and Secrets
Author: by Andrew Latham
Everything kids ages 8 to 12 need to know to play smarter, more enjoyable soccerAs a youth soccer coach for more than twenty years, Coach Andrew Latham sets kids up for success in Soccer Smarts for Kids with his no-fluff, easy-to-understand strategies and cover-to-cover tipsfrom goal setting and staying fit to pre-game prep and mental motivation.
Coach Latham preps young players to be their best by sharing soccer secrets, exercises, and tricks for kids to develop their skills on the field, with:Basic to advanced techniques so kids can move at their own pacePlayer profiles highlighting six superstar soccer players (including Lionel Messi and Alex Morgan)Playbook essentials featuring color photos and custom diagramsNeed-to-know terms to crack the code of fundamental soccer definitionsSoccer fans will improve their game, play smarter, and have more fun with Soccer Smarts for Kids.
10. She the Confident: The Mindset Advantage for Female Athletes
Author: by Shay Haddow
An empowering and indispensable book that gives female athletes the tools to develop the most essential super power of all Confidence. In youth sports, the majority focus is spent on the physical side of sport: becoming faster, stronger, and more skilled, yet there is an apparent lack of resources and programs dedicated to developing confidence in female athletes which is vital for developing well-rounded athletes.
The pressure for youth female athletes to succeed is higher than ever, and without the confidence and self-belief, girls are quitting sports at an alarming rate. Not only does confidence affect female athlete’s performance and enjoyment of the sport, but more importantly, it affects how they lead their lives.
She the Confident is for youth female athletes who: Lack self-confidence, on and off the playing fieldOverthink in gamesAre afraid to make mistakesLet failure hold them backAre riddled with self-doubtPacked with specific strategies, action steps, and real-life stories, She the Confident teaches female athletes how to overcome self-doubt, embrace failure, break limitations, and achieve success, on and off the playing field.
11. THE MENTAL TRAINING GUIDE FOR ELITE ATHLETES: How the Mental Master Method Helps Players, Parents, and Coaches Create a Championship Mindset (Successful Christian Athletes Collection)
Author: by David Angeron
Are You an Athlete, Parent, or Sports Coach? Want to become/make Elite Athletes? Struggling to find your way on the Path to glory? Then this book is for you. As part of the Successful Christian Athlete Series written by Certified Sport Psychology Coach (CSPC) David Angeron demystifies the complexities of a successful athlete in a plain and simple way.
The book amply covers following:The Mental toughness training for young athletes. How to be mentally strong on the field, in the classroom, or in your career. Critical thinking handbook to develop mental toughness and focus. Mental toughness handbook to create a champion mindset for players, parents, and coaches.
How to take a navy seal mindset into competition. A Mental Toughness Playbook for Athletes, Parents, and Coaches in sports, and in life, mental toughness matters – even more than raw talent and skill. But young athletes can’t develop it, and master other vital aspects of the “inner game,” on their own.
Coaches and parents play a vital role as well. In The Mental Training Guide for Elite Athletes, David Angeron speaks to all three audiences. He draws on his expertise as a sport psychology coach and his background as a college athlete and baseball scout to help readers overcome the fear, doubt, and negativity that derail players and teams.
12. Forward: A Memoir
Author: by Abby Wambach
Dey Street Books
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER”Lucid and wrenching… Forward puts [Wambach’s] achievement in context with painful and beautiful candor.” NPR”Forward is the powerful story of an athlete who has inspired girls all over the world to believe in themselves.” Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, New York Times Bestselling author of Lean In This is the best memoir I’ve read by an athlete since Andre Agassi’s Open.
Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and TakeAbby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. At age seven she was put on the boys’ soccer team. At age thirty-five she would become the highest goal scorermale or femalein the history of soccer, capturing the nation’s heart with her team’s 2015 World Cup Championship.
Called an inspiration and badass by President Obama, Abby has become a fierce advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world. As she reveals in this searching memoir, Abby’s professional success often masked her inner struggle to reconcile the various parts of herself: ferocious competitor, daughter, leader, wife.
13. Soccernomics (2018 World Cup Edition): Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey — and Even Iraq — … the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport
Author: by Simon Kuper
Bold Type Books
Why do England lose? Why does Scotland suck? Why doesn’t America dominate the sport internationally… And why do the Germans play with such an efficient but robotic style? These are questions every soccer aficionado has asked. Soccernomics answers them. Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology, and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game works, Soccernomics reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about soccer.
An essential guide for the 2010 World Cup, Soccernomics is a new way of looking at the world’s most popular game.
14. Soccer For Dummies, 2nd Edition
Author: by Tom Dunmore
Learn to: Get a handle on soccer rules and regulations Grasp the basic moves and plays Improve dribbling, passing, and other skills Appreciate this popular pastime Learn the basics, improve your game knowledge, and reach your soccer playing goals Do you get a kick out of soccer?
Whether you’re a youth league player, a soccer parent, or a World Cup fan, here at last is the book you’ve been waiting for. Now updated with the latest history, stats, and rules of this popular sport, Soccer For Dummies is the ultimate guide to the greatest and most popular sport on the planet.
Kick off get a beginner’s history of soccer, from its early days in China to the modern game that’s showcased in stadiums and played on soccer fields all across the globe Get to the nitty-gritty discover the rules of the game, what each player on the field is expected to do, the tactics they employ, and the skills they need to play The biggest sport in the world explore everything about the professional game of soccer, from the biggest show on earth the FIFA World Cup to other international tournaments such as the European Championships, Copa America, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup For fans find out what you can expect at a professional soccer game, as well as the lowdown on where you can find soccer on television, online, in newspapers, magazines, books, movies, and on DVDs Open the book and find: How soccer is played (and scored) Tips on coaching, how to keep fit, and how to play “the beautiful game” An in-depth look at women’s soccer How club soccer is organized across the world Important international and club teams Fun soccer facts and interesting tidbits A look at the game’s most fascinating players
15. Everything Your Coach Never Told You Because You're a Girl: and other truths about winning
Author: by Dan Blank
This is what your coaches would have said to you if you were a boy, told through the story of a small-college team that won more games than it ever had a right to win. It’s an inspiring and straightforward look at the qualities that define the most competitive females, and what separates the ones who get it from the ones who don’t.
Everything Your Coach Never Told You is the instruction manual for female athletes who want to do more than just play. It’s for those girls who want to win, win big, and never apologize for it. It’s the call-to-arms for competitive female athletes who dare to color outside of the lines.
Not recommended for readers under the age of 13.
16. Among the Thugs
Author: by Bill Buford
They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin’ Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester United), and themselves. Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England’s soccer thugs express it in ways that range from mere vandalism to riots that terrorize entire cities.
Now Bill Buford, editor of the prestigious journal Granta, enters this alternate society and records both its savageries and its sinister allure with the social imagination of a George Orwell and the raw personal engagement of a Hunter Thompson.