Soccer is the third most-watched sport in the USA. Over 25 million people play soccer in America. While, worldwide, Football (as it is known in the rest of the world) is the most popular sport in the world. Check out these amazing soccer books suitable for kids ages 2-14 years.
Best Soccer Books For 2-14 Years
Froggy Plays Soccer Froggy is ready to play his big soccer tournament. All he got to do is remember the rules. A perfect soccer picture book for toddler story-time. Kids starting to learn soccer newly can relate to Froggy’s confusions. (Ages 2-4 years)
My First Book of Soccer explains the game of soccer in the simplest way. Each page has sports illustrated beautiful action photography. The “rookie” characters appear on every page, explaining to the reader, reasons behind all actions. (Ages 2-6 years)
Ronaldo: A Boy Who Became A Star is a simple picture book about Ronaldo, arguably the greatest soccer player in history. Written for kids up to age six years old, the story talks about how Ronaldo – born poor, worked very hard to reach where he is today. An inspiring story for kids. (Ages 3-6 years)
We Love Soccer! This book is a classic Berenstain Bears book. This level1 I can read book is a perfect fun read aloud. Suitable for preschoolers learning small words. (Ages 4-8 years)
Early Reader beginner Books
Sean Wants to be Messi is a work of fiction along with inspirations from Messi’s life thrown in. Football-loving 8-year-old Sean idolizes Messi and wants to be like him. Sean’s path to his goal is not easy – starting with school bullies to hours and hours of practice. The beautiful illustrations elevate the story. (Ages 6-10 years)
The Ultimate Football Maths Book Are you finding it tough to teach maths to your football-loving child? This fun football book teaches the concept of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division in form football puzzles. There are even step-by-step processes explaining each answer. The book also comes with fun activities, coloring for your football-loving child. (Ages 6-10 years)
The Everything Kids’ Soccer Book with easy-to-follow techniques, practical tips, and guidance, is ideal for kids to achieve mastery of soccer knowledge. Plenty of puzzles and game information makes it a fun read. (Ages 6-10 years)
The Funniest Football Joke Book Ever! What can be more fun for a football-loving child than a book of football jokes? Quite humorous, easy to read, and understand – It will make your early reader want to read this again and again.(Ages 6-9 years)
Soccer on Sunday is for the soccer-loving child of yours. Join Jack and Annie as they go to watch the 1970 world cup. Also, hoping to learn the “secret of greatness” from Pele himself. An imaginary soccer book with lessons on history, culture, kindness – this is a fun read for early readers. (Ages 6-9 years)
Middles grade books
Messi and Ronaldo: Who Is The Greatest? Every soccer fan has his or her favorite. This soccer book compares every fact of the game about these two greats. Starting with their early years, club trophies, style of play, individual milestones – every fact is present in an easily comprehensible manner. With beautiful pictures of Ronaldo and Messi on all pages, it is a fun and inspiring soccer book. (Ages 9-12 years)
Everything Soccer From tips and from-the-field anecdotes, cool facts, infographics, and over 100 pictures of the game – this book is a visual delight. The level of information is just perfect for ages 11 to 13 year old to read and comprehend. A treasure for any soccer-loving child. (Ages 8-12 years)
Spotlight Soccer is a story about a boy Franco who wants to go pro one day. However, he has to change his school suddenly. And finds himself in trouble adjusting to the soccer team of his new school. A practical book with problems players face in real life, this is an easy read. (Ages 8+)
Stars of World Soccer Get to know about the greats of the game and get inspired by their story. It features a total of twenty-eight players – goalkeepers, defenders, attackers. It is inspiring to read about the lessen known newcomers as well as the world famous legends. (Ages 9-12 years)
Also check out the Stars of Women’s Soccer.
Football Crazy Activity Book For Kids is one rare activity book for the age group of 8 to 12 years. With lots of fun puzzles, brain-teasers, quizzes, spot-the-ball, the book is designed to keep older children engaged for hours in imaginative and brain-stimulating fun. A perfect gift for any football crazy child. (Ages 8-12 years)
Teens and YA books
Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team narrates the story of a diverse refugee soccer team put together by a female coach. It throws an insight into the refugee life and challenges they face for the smallest things starting with learning a new language. What stands out is the unstoppable spirit of the team, which charges ahead despite all challenges. A motivational sports book for young adults. (Ages 12+ years)
Eye on the Ball The author – Anthony Potts has played professional football and has poured all his experience from on the field in creating the characters and storyline of the book. It narrates the story of 17-year-old Liam who is from a broken home and dreams of playing professional football one day. Can he be strong enough and rise through the struggle? A book for young adults, the football book educates about what it takes to reach the professional level. (Ages – YA)
Now Is the Time for Running A teenage story set in Africa, in the backdrop of the game of football. A gripping read about what the football-loving teenagers Deo has to go through when he finds himself and his family uprooted from their home and thrown into the unknown and unkind world of the refugee. (Ages Teens + YA)
GOAL!: The Dream Begins A great fictional storybook for aspiring soccer players. It tells the struggles of a Latino player from a modest background and his dream of succeeding in the sport he loves. This book covers multiculturism, inspiration, determination to succeed – making this a great read for any soccer-loving young-adult. (Ages 12+)
Going for the Record is written in journal format about a young girl who loves soccer and has potential to succeed at the highest level. However, life throws an unexpected challenge with her biggest fan, her father, falling sick suddenly. This touching and powerful story is full of raw emotions and will touch a nerve with the young readers. A must-read coming-of-age book. (Ages 12+ years)
Soccer Book Series
The Charlie Fry Series is about friendship, loyalty, sportsmanship in the world of football. The books are aimed at ages 7-13 years.
The Kicks series by Alex Morgan is a fun-filled, empowering read for soccer loving girls. The central character Devin plays soccer for middle school.
Soccer Activity Books
Soccer Activity Book for Kids includes lots of fun activities – coloring, sudoku, mazes, crossover puzzles for tweens.
Soccer Activity Book For Kids Ages 4-8 is filled with spot coloring, dot-to-dot, word searches, learning alphabets and more.
Watch this helpful video of essential soccer drills for kids.