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Most Insightful Soccer Statistics Books [Complete Guide 2024]

“The better team lost today”. We have heard this statement when teams think they’ve been the better team. How did they measure them being better? Did they do that objectively? Sometimes one team had the majority of the possession and the opposition had only one set piece, like a corner or a free kick. Would the statistics tell us that the first team should win the game? Well, if the first team passed between the goalkeeper and the center-backs, while the opposition had David Beckham take a free kick, then it means that the data didn’t tell us the full story. The best soccer statistics books can tell us the progress that soccer analysts have made over the past decades and where they are going.

Which data is important and which one is just noise? How can we evaluate the quality of the data and the true advantage that one team has over the other? Does the tactical approach drive the statistics of the game? Or can the data drive our tactics to victory? Is there something left to the naked eye that cannot be quantified by statistics?

What are the best soccer statistics books?

Soccer has become so big financially and the league structure for most leagues requires good performances. In Europe, teams have to perform well even if they have no chances for the title. They need to qualify for international competitions (lucrative incentives). Also, if they perform particularly badly, they get relegated, which can devastate the team, both financially and in terms of players who wouldn’t agree to play in the lower division. For these reasons, it is imperative for teams to win games, or at least not lose them.

To gain an edge, the top soccer clubs in the world hire soccer analysts, data scientists, and statisticians. Not only that, but soccer agents and their agencies hire them to identify the talent earlier. They synthesize data with methods from the best soccer statistics books, but also from books about data science from other sports and overall in the field of statistics. These are our picks of books that can significantly improve the way you look at the game through data analytics. They are not soccer books for kids or maybe even regular soccer fans – it is for the ones obsessed with numbers.

Net Gains by Ryan O’Hanlon

Net Gains is probably the most comprehensive book on soccer analytics. The author has played Division I soccer in the US and has transferred his passion for soccer into his life as an ESPN staff writer. In addition to his personal story, he guides us through the history of using data to gain an edge in soccer. He starts in the 50s and 60s and the very basics of soccer statistics. In contrast, he shares information about the exponential growth of data inputs that we get today through video analysis, GPS tracking, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and so on. However, he is also honest and questioning the models that we have today that cannot explain some phenomena today and how some players and some teams cannot be explained through data. If you plan to read only one book, then this is the one.

Football Hackers by Christoph Biermann

Perhaps a bit more current and Europe-focused, Football Hackers digs straight into the details of what you need to know about the world of soccer statistics. Analyzing the possession, shots taken, tackles, and so on, Biermann tries to help differentiate what is important and what is just empty data. Indirectly, he proves the rule that “If it’s important then it can be measured, but not all that can be measured is important”. The book can look very math-oriented and requires a genuine interest in soccer analytics and/or math and statistics. However, it’s a requirement for anybody who wants to get an edge or at least avoid being outsmarted based on accessible data.

The Expected Goals Philosophy by James Tippett

The rise of Expected Goals (xG) in soccer analytics is evident, as many pundits share these statistics more than any other info to show how the game went. For example, a team can have dominant possession, but it can be defensive and not have a single chance. Similarly, a shot on goal from far away doesn’t mean it is a good chance. In contrast, a team can have a penalty and miss the goal, which is a great chance without a shot on goal. The book explains what xG is and how to quantify it. It makes the case of why it is a better indicator of the dominance in the game. The book doesn’t have the complexity of the other books on this list, but it gives the right framework so that you would understand the xG on a much better level when you see it in real life.

Signal and Noise by Nate Silver

This does not naturally fall in the category of soccer statistics books. However, Nate Silver is the modern guru of statistics and his classic is something that every person who wants to understand data should read. His work in politics, in addition to his obsession with baseball, explains over and over again why probability is not certainty, and why only certain data is important. As we encounter variables in our analysis we have to assign appropriate weight to them. While this book will not teach us how to do that in soccer, it will help us think about the world of data. I have reread the book multiple times, pausing and thinking along the way with the new information and in the context of the recent games and seasons, of my teams that I coach and the professional ones that I have watched.

Moneyball by Michael Lewis

Possibly the most famous book on this list, helped by Brad Pitt starring in the movie. It shows how one of the poorest baseball teams in MLB went on the most impressive winning streak using data analytics to scout the sports talent. This is a true story that changed the way baseball teams use data. Obviously, this cannot be directly used in soccer, but certain aspects of it already are. With players playing key factors, it shows how there are no straight replacements in sports. One great player can be sold and two weaker players can be bought for that money. But the end result can be better or worse depending on the characteristics. The right data models can tell us which one is the better option. European soccer clubs like Leicester, Brighton, Borussia, Leipzig, and others have tried this approach. They cannot compete with the giants financially, so they have to be shrewd. I am certain we will see a soccer book like this in the upcoming years. Until then, enjoy Moneyball in the world of baseball.

Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke

Written by a professional poker player, we learn to think of our decisions as a process. It is not just the result that matters. Say we play against a better team overall, but we have taller players. We will try playing for set pieces and crosses. We might still lose the game, but we increase our chances of success. The book explains how we should think about maximizing our chances. That doesn’t guarantee success, but it makes us think in terms of probability. We naturally do that in our lives. I still travel by car, bike, and airplane. We limit our downside by wearing helmets and seatbelts. There would be unfortunate accidents, but we try to minimize them. Thinking in Bets will teach us exactly that. My only advice is to pause and reflect while reading the book. Think about your teams and matches, and how to maximize your chances of success.

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With so many books on soccer statistics, you might think we know so much about it. I would disagree with this statement. We know the human stories of soccer players, but we are far from understanding the numbers. I think we are just starting with it. With the rise of AI and the influx of data through various sensors, we will see an explosion of it. We have even seen it in youth sports as young as U8s. Video systems can calculate possession, passes, shots, and even xGs. This is truly impressive and will drive the development of youth players in a different way.

As you saw from the books, many other industries are ahead of soccer. However, as soccer is so lucrative, clubs will invest more and more in technology over time. The best soccer clubs in the world already hire these kinds of job profiles: data scientists, programmers, AI/ML engineers, computer vision experts, computer infrastructure engineers, and so on. The soccer aspect will not stay a side gig or a niche, but it will become a legitimate track for these professionals. They will try to outsmart each other and give an edge to their clubs. Only a few will succeed, so it will be fascinating to see yet another battle between the soccer clubs.

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Top Soccer Books for Girls [Gift Ideas 2024]

Are you looking for a great book for a girl soccer fan? How about a soccer player? We have curated the best ones that you should gift. Some of them are written by coaches and write about how to be the best player you can be. Others are fiction, trying to grow the love of soccer at various ages. Soccer as the most popular sport has fantastic human interest stories and we have them, too. These are not stories about the perfect tactic, personal soccer superstar stories, or best soccer business readings. These are the best soccer books for girls that you should buy for your daughters, granddaughters, nieces, teammates, and coaches. While you are at it, pick one for yourself, too. They are fantastic!

What are the best soccer books for girls you need to read ASAP?

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Everything Your Coach Never Told You Because You’re a Girl by Dan Blank

.If you’re a young female soccer player seeking an uplifting and game-changing read, this book is an absolute must-buy! Dan Blank is famous for writing many books for current youth players. However, we think that this is his best book. This book should be your personal guide, unlocking the secrets to success on and off the field. Blank’s insightful advice and motivational anecdotes are specifically tailored to empower girls. The book is her to help girls overcome obstacles, enhance their skills, and cultivate a winning mindset. Bursting with infectious enthusiasm, this book will leave you feeling inspired, confident, and ready to take on any challenge. Regardless of the gender, get this book!

Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez

“Furia” by Yamile Saied Mendez is a captivating fiction book that will ignite a love for soccer in girls. The story follows Camila, a fierce and determined protagonist, as she battles societal expectations and pursues her soccer dreams. With vivid storytelling and relatable characters, Mendez’s book celebrates the power of sport and inspires young girls to embrace their passion for soccer. It’s a compelling tale that will leave them cheering for Camila’s victories both on and off the field. It is a great read for book lovers that might not even like soccer, or for soccer players that might not like reading. 

Saving the Team (The Kicks) by Alex Morgan

This is an absolute gem that early teen girls will adore, providing a perfect avenue for them to fall head over heels in love with soccer. Morgan’s impeccable storytelling effortlessly transports readers into the world of the protagonist, offering a relatable and inspiring journey. The book beautifully captures the essence of teamwork, determination, and the sheer joy that soccer can bring. This book is a must-have for any early teen girl seeking an empowering and enjoyable literary adventure that will ignite their love for soccer and inspire them to reach for the stars.

Play Like a Girl by Ellie Roscher

“Play Like a Girl” by Ellie Roscher is a remarkable and inspiring book that celebrates the global impact of girls in sports. Roscher’s heartfelt storytelling shines a light on the challenges of extreme gender inequalities in Kenya, especially in the world of sports. It is an uplifting story of perseverance and persistence to deliver opportunities for girls who live in the slums and seemingly have no hope. However, starting from 11 girls and 2 volunteers, now the soccer academy runs with 20 full-time staff (in 2017 at the time the book was released). An inspiring story, that just happen to be related to soccer! 

Kicking Off by Eve Ainsworth

“Kicking Off” is a great book that blends fiction and non-fiction elements into it. The goal is clearly to create an entertaining read and inspire teenagers to get into soccer. Happening in 1917, the book helps paint the picture of what it was like to live in the middle of a war. In a little idealistic setting, the protagonist, Hettie, is an outcast in Britain that manages her way through a rough world. However, with the right lessons of persistence and fighting spirit, this book put soccer, and the love for competition as the centerpiece of this coming-of-age story. It’s a great gift to stimulate reading books and the love of soccer!

The Soccer Fence by Phil Bildner

Targeted for the youngest generation of soccer lovers, this book is illustrated to instill the love of soccer, but also open discussions about social issues. As it says in the title, the topic of the apartheid is central, as it is soccer, to the story. With only 40 pages filled with colorful illustrations, this is a great book on multiple levels. Reading it several times for bedtime stories and start seeing the layers of questions that your kids start to ask and comment on. A truly interesting book that is worth buying for the young ones!

These six books represent a collection of inspiring, empowering, and thought-provoking stories that celebrate the world of soccer and its incredible female athletes. From memoirs to fictional tales, each book offers its unique perspective on the sport. We want to encourage young girls to embrace their love for soccer. At the same time, we want to teach valuable life lessons such as teamwork, perseverance, and the power of dreams. By reading these books, we hope that young girls can find inspiration, strength, and a deeper appreciation for the beautiful game that unites people across the globe.

Top Soccer Business Books Money Makers [Must-Read 2024]

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to run a soccer club? I am not talking about being a coach and choosing which player plays where. There is the coach decision, player trading and contracts, stadium planning, tickets and merchandise, travel arrangements, boardroom politics, brand building… So much to handle and none of it is soccer on the surface. We have put together a list of memoirs of soccer giants and soccer business books. They will show you the state and the history of the soccer business, which is massive and still growing at a rapid rate. The books dig deep into the entrepreneurship and management of the clubs. Also, they examine the human element of the sports industry. The stories are fascinating, so let’s get into them!

What are the best soccer business books you need to read ASAP?

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“The Barcelona Way” by Damian Hughes

“The Barcelona Way” delves into the secrets of one of the most successful soccer clubs in history, FC Barcelona. Damian Hughes examines the unique culture, leadership, and values that have made Barcelona a global powerhouse. Guardiola has won 14 out of the possible 19 trophies while being the coach of the first team in Barcelona. However, it is not the results, but the culture of the club that makes this club unique. You can see it in La Masia, but also in the “alumni” today. Hughes outlines the key principles and the way the club operates. It is a useful read for winning the infinite game. You can see it as a case study of how to grow the right culture in the very, very long run. 

“Soccernomics” by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

“Soccernomics” is a groundbreaking book that uses data analysis and economic principles to explore the inner workings of the soccer world. The dynamics always changing in the world of soccer. So, the authors regularly release new editions to incorporate this news. The World Cup 2022 edition certainly looks at the first World Cup in winter and in the Middle East, as well as coming right after the pandemic. Additionally, in between the two World Cups there was a failed attempt to create the Super League. That was a fascinating development in the financial and club management world of soccer. Some people might consider it a bit drier than the other books. However, it is a must-read for those who wish to understand the economics and statistics behind soccer.

“The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports” by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg

Robinson and Clegg take readers on a thrilling journey through the evolution of the English Premier League (EPL) in “The Club.” It is fascinating how this book gives an overarching view of what Jordan’s or Dein’s books tell about their own clubs. The book tells the story of the EPL from its humble beginnings to its global dominance. It offers an in-depth exploration of the league’s transformation into a multi-billion dollar business. How fast we take things, like oligarch money or transfers of 100 million, for granted is astonishing. It is packed with fascinating anecdotes, behind-the-scenes stories, and interviews with key figures. This book captures the essence of the EPL’s rise and the impact it has had on soccer and the business world at large.

“Be Careful What You Wish For” by Simon Jordan

You might have heard of the story of Crystal Palace making their way back to the Premier League in the 2010s. It is depicted in the documentary series “When Eagles Dare”. If you wonder what has happened before then to get the club to that position in the first place, this is the book to read. Jordan became a multimillionaire at 32 after selling his company and decided to buy his neighborhood club. Unfortunately, the club got relegated and lost most of its value. Jordan looks smug and is a person that people either love or hate. Nevertheless, the book that he wrote is truly original and is a great read if you want to learn a lot about the management of English soccer clubs.

“Calling The Shots: How To Win At Football And Life” by David Dein

“Mr. Arsenal”, as called by Thierry Henry, David Dein has been pulling the strings in the golden age of Arsenal with Wenger as the team manager. Published in 2023, Dein has taken time to reflect and deliver a memoir of his time at Arsenal. He shows his struggles with the board of the club (he was a part owner), the formation of the Premier League, his dedication to women soccer, his current NGO to bring soccer education to prisons, and many more. While it is particularly worth reading for Arsenal fans, we strongly recommend this book as the book to read in 2023. It will help you understand the road of the Premier League and the philosophy of leading a club before the rich-owner money came into it.

“Soccer Thinking for Management Success: Lessons for Organizations from the World’s Game” by Peter Loge

This can be classified as a book for professionals through the lens of soccer. Loge is a professor of media and public affairs and has worked in politics of public policy. So, don’t expect a book about the role of the inverted wingback or the best way to practice the rabona. The lessons of people management, communication, leadership, decentralized ownership, and responsibility, are conveyed by a soccer fan, making them more easily digestible. We enjoyed reading it and frankly, they were more useful for our day-to-day jobs which have nothing to do with soccer. 

The intersection of soccer and business offers a fascinating realm of study, filled with valuable lessons applicable to various industries. Each of the books is a little different, providing unique perspectives on the economics, leadership, and organizational aspects of the soccer industry. Hope these pages inspire you to approach your own endeavors in a different way, with a bit more knowledge and with as much passion as you have for soccer.

Top Soccer Agent Books – The Dealmakers [2024]

Ready to dive into the wild world of soccer agents? Honestly, we’ve never heard of anybody dreaming of becoming the next super agent, but many want to peek behind the scenes of player representation. Let’s be honest, nobody will ever say that the soccer life story is by an agent. However, the stories that these agents have are fascinating. For one, all of them have kind of randomly entered the world of being agents. Secondly, they are all dancing on the edge of being secretive and exclusive with their stories, all at the same time!! From jaw-dropping negotiations with club management and players to player management secrets, these books are a must-read for anyone interested in the glamorous and sometimes bizarre universe of soccer representation.

What are the best soccer agent books you need to get your cleats on?

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Super Agent

Jorge Mendes

Ronaldo’s Agent

Erkut Sogut

One Client Agent

Jon Smith

History Agent

Leigh Steinberg

No-soccer Agent

“The World Of Football Agents And Business Of Soccer” by Mino Raiola

If you ever wonder about the influence of Mino Raiola, recall that  Ibrahimovic mentioned him in his retirement speech in front of a full stadium: “This is for Mino Raiola”. Fortunately, Raiola published this exhilarating read before his death at age 54. In his 30-year career, he managed the likes of Nedved, Pogba, and Haaland. The writing style and extensive knowledge of the industry make this book a must-read for both football enthusiasts and aspiring agents. It is full of anecdotes, practical advice, and remarkable insights into the negotiations and deals behind the scenes. This book is a delightful treasure trove for anyone eager to gain a deeper understanding of the complex and exhilarating world of football.

“The Secret Of A Done Deal” by Jorge Mendes

Fascinating read from one of the most powerful agents in the world. Starting with Nuno Espirito Santo as a player, the career of Mendes is fascinating and crucial for the development of Portuguese soccer. He represented most of what Porto was when they won the Champions League, from Mourinho to Carvalho and Tiago. A super agent will not be complete if it doesn’t have a superstar – Cristiano Ronaldo. Now imagine if you have a book with insights into these deals, showing both tactical and strategic thinking. Get the book, you won’t regret it!

“How to Become a Football Agent: The Guide” by Erkut Sogut

Erkug Sogut handles only one client – Mesut Ozil. Unlike other cases when there is a family connection, Ozil hired Sogut for his background as a lawyer and his similar background as a second-generation Turkish immigrant in Germany. Ozil’s brand is very tightly coupled with this heritage and Sogut manages both the legal aspect and the strategic thinking. It is truly a different kind of book to see the relationship of a low-key agent that handles this in a very professional manner. Sogut is still very young and we might see more superstars coming through his agencies. For now, it is a unique book to read and we strongly recommend it. 

“The Deal: Inside the World of a Super-Agent” by Jon Smith

Definitely an original book, but perhaps a bit outdated. Unlike some other agents on this list, Smith’s best-known client is still Maradona. Smith discusses the issues and concerns that soccer clubs and agents face, especially when it comes to financial regulations. As with other agents, the ego glows strongly, but perhaps PR packaging, in this case, was skipped. For those that can stomach the honesty, it is a great direct read. For the idealists, maybe it would be better to skip this one and focus on the ones that focus on the good stories of everything working out fine.

“The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals and Changing the Game” by Leigh Steinberg

One non-soccer book on the list is Leigh Steinberg’s “The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals and Changing the Game.” Steinberg spills the beans on his incredible journey, from representing individual players to pulling off mega-million dollar deals that make your jaw drop. This is the agent that is the inspiration for the famous movie Jerry Maguire with Tom Cruise. Don’t get us wrong, the world of soccer is very different than the world of football, especially in the USA. However, it is an entertaining read and an interesting perspective. Get ready for an adrenaline rush as he shares mind-blowing stories and practical tips that will make you feel like you’re sitting at the negotiating table with him.

In a nutshell, these books are the MVPs of soccer agent books. They deliver a mix of adrenaline, secrets, and laughs that will keep you entertained from the kickoff to the final whistle. They are biographical and tell the true stories from the view of the super agents. So grab your favorite soccer jersey, settle into your comfiest chair, and get ready to score big with these epic reads!

Top Soccer Scouting Books [Talent Identification 2024]

Now that you have read the best soccer books to your toddler and have seen them score in your backyard, it is time to make them a global superstar. There is so much noise in the world of scouting that has been influenced by some horrible movie characters – in every movie ever made, the scout and the agent are bad. Well, some of them definitely are, but for any player, parent, or coach, it is important to understand the basics of the world in which the scouts and agents live. Identifying good players is already hard, but finding how they stand out with their personality, not just appearance, can be very difficult. Of course, platforms like Skillshark can help identify and systemize talent analysis. Fortunately, the best soccer scouting books have variety in them, showing different aspects of it. One is talent identification and spotting. Another aspect is the whole machinery of the scouting soccer system and the business around it. Finally, there is something to be said about the connection between the scouts and the clubs and coaches they are scouting for.

What are the best soccer scouting books?

Unlike some other topics, here the books are truly diverse. We recommend searching through all of them to look for the niche you are interested in. Also, assuming that you’ve read one of them, doesn’t mean that another book will offer similar information. Let us go through them and you pick which one will give you the most!

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Anatomy of a football scout by JonCotterill

If you can read only one book on the topic, this is it! Jon Cotterill lives in Sao Paulo for the last two decades, so he has been at the forefront of the biggest recruitment system in the world. Bringing players from Brazil, the largest soccer nation in the world, to Europe has been at the core of the scouting system. He covers the traditional connections with coaches and recruiters, the modernization of data analysts and video analysis, and even the psychology of it. It is a very thorough book, written by a journalist that can really convey information through storytelling.

The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

Although not specifically about soccer scouting, this book explores the concept of talent development and how it can be cultivated. It delves into the science behind skill acquisition and provides insights that can be applied to scouting and player development. There are case studies in the book on how skills are aquired in various sports and it is a fascinating subject. In fact, we would recommend this book to everybody who tries to understand the process of learning, education and human development. If you are a coach and try to create your youth practice plan, or a parent try to evaluate the which soccer team to join, this is the book to read. Cannot recommend this book enough!

The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin

This book offers a detailed and fascinating exploration of the world of soccer scouting. It follows the journeys of several scouts and provides insights into their roles, challenges, and the crucial work they do in identifying and nurturing talent. It is interview-based and it is the best book to get as close as possible to the core of what soccer scouting is and the challenges that soccer scouts face every day in the world. They are a bit obsessed and the author does a fantastic job to capture their stories in a genuine way. It’s published 10 years ago, so some of the case studies are about players still active, like Raheem Sterling. It’s heavily focused on the UK, so it doesn’t paint a global picture, but still – a fantastic read!

The Football Code: The Science of Predicting the Beautiful Game by James Tippett

“You cannot Moneyball your way through soccer, this is not baseball!!!” is what we hear so many times. Guess who was saying that you cannot statistically evaluate their players? Baseball scouts! This book examines the statistical and analytical aspects of soccer scouting and player evaluation. It explores the use of data and advanced analytics in identifying talented players and predicting match outcomes. Look at any of the large soccer clubs today and you can see that they have data scientists working on their teams. They do opposition research before games, instead of only coaches looking through videos. They do player and team performance analysis for their own team. Most importantly, they help the scouting team in recruiting the best players out there. This book shows that and shows that the biases in soccer a so big that the data-driven approach is vital to gain an edge in today’s world.

The Italian Job: A Journey to the Heart of Two Great Footballing Cultures by Gianluca Vialli and Gabriele Marcotti

While not solely focused on scouting, this book provides a comprehensive view of Italian soccer and its scouting methods. It discusses the importance of scouting in Italy and provides an inside look at the country’s soccer culture. The authors are more than relevant to talk about the topic. Vialli is a legendary soccer player and manager (player-manager at Chelsea at age 33), while Marcotti is a famous sportswritter. To further the quality of the book, they have asked the best soccer minds of the world to pitch in, such as Wnger, Ferguson, Mourinho, Capello, Lippi… This book explores the soccer scouting at the highest level and we highly recommend the book if you are interested in that world.

Provided you don’t kiss me: 20 Years with Brian Clough by Duncan Hamilton

A captivating memoir written by Duncan Hamilton, chronicling his time as a journalist covering legendary soccer manager Brian Clough. The wonder that Clough did is unprecedented and will never be repeated, and the value of scouting back in his days was underrated but crucial for his success. It is amazing how a great pair of a coach and a scout can do wonders for the team. Hamilton provides an intimate and revealing account of his close relationship with Clough. The enigmatic personality and managerial genius of one of the most iconic figures in British football history is what most of the book is about. That is the only reason why it’s so low on our list of scouting books. It is an amazing read that you should definitely have in your personal library of best soccer coaches’ biographies.

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These books provide different perspectives on soccer scouting, from the experiences of scouts themselves to the science and analytics behind talent identification. They offer valuable knowledge and understanding of the intricate world of player scouting in soccer.

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Top Biographies by US Soccer Players [2024 UPDATED]

The popularity of soccer in the US has been growing rapidly in the last several decades. Both women’s and men’s soccer is incredibly popular, especially among the youth. At the moment nearly 400,000 girls play soccer, compared to 50,000 in the early 1980s. The US Women’s National Team has done extraordinarily well, winning 4 World Cups. The USMNT is less successful but is steadily improving towards that goal. Telling their stories as biographies by US soccer players will create strong encouragement for future generations to feel inspired to do better and better. The World Cup in 2026, where the US is a host, together with Canada and Mexico, is a perfect opportunity to make a leap.

What are the best biographies by US soccer players?

Until the World Cup, let’s look at some of the stories of players that popularized the sport in the US and moved us closer to that goal. There have been several compelling biographies written by U.S. soccer players that offer valuable insights into their lives, careers, and the sport itself. We are excited to see which ones will one day make their way to our list of the best soccer biographies. Here are some of the best biographies by U.S. soccer players:

The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them by Tim Howard

This is an autobiography of Tim Howard, the legendary US goalkeeper. He starts his journey from his childhood struggles with Tourette’s syndrome. He ends up becoming a Premier League star and representing the United States in multiple World Cups. Howard takes readers behind the scenes, offering fascinating anecdotes and insights into the highs and lows of being a professional athlete. There is also another biography about Tim Howard, but we highly recommend the autobiography. This book paints a more authentic picture with first-hand storytelling.

Pulisic: My Journey So Far Hardcover by Todd Kortemeier

It’s hard to believe that there will be enough to write about a 23-year-old soccer player, but Pulisic has been a prodigy with still a bright future ahead of him. The book takes readers on a personal journey, sharing the challenges, triumphs, and sacrifices that shaped his path to becoming a professional player. He shares his early years playing youth soccer in Pennsylvania to his breakthrough at Borussia Dortmund and subsequent move to Chelsea FC. Pulisic offers candid insights into his development, the influence of his family, and the pressures of professional soccer. This book is an inspiring testament to Pulisic’s dedication, determination, and relentless pursuit of his dreams, making it a must-read for fans and aspiring athletes alike.

The Beckham Experiment by Grant Wahl

While not specifically a biography of David Beckham, this book delves into his arrival in Major League Soccer (MLS) and the impact he had on the league. Let us not forget the impact that Beckham had on the MLS, eventually having superstars like Leo Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his steps to come at the end of their careers in the US. Furthermore, he made the league more interesting for players in their 20s to perform at their peak, such as Obafemi Martins and Carlos Vela. Grant Wahl, a renowned sports journalist, provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Beckham’s time with the LA Galaxy and the challenges he faced on and off the field.

My Story by Hope Solo

Hope Solo is synonymous with the USWNT success that they had over the years. As one of the most recognizable goalkeepers in women’s soccer, shares her life story in this autobiography. She discusses her early struggles, her successes on the field, and the controversies that surrounded her career, offering an unfiltered look into her personal and professional life. Solo’s narrative takes readers through her remarkable journey, from her childhood in a small town to becoming an Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion. She fearlessly addresses both the triumphs and controversies in her life, offering an unfiltered perspective on her successes, struggles, and the complexities of being a high-profile athlete.

When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World by Carli Lloyd

In this memoir, Carli Lloyd, one of the most accomplished female soccer players in U.S. history, chronicles her path to success, including her key role in the U.S. women’s national team’s triumphs at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. She shares her dedication, determination, and the sacrifices she made along the way. Lloyd tells the stories of her relentless pursuit of excellence, the sacrifices she made, and the challenges she faced along the way. The journey was not always easy for her, and she shares her early struggles with her breakout performances on the world stage. The themes of unwavering determination and relentless work ethic shine throughout the book. This book is excellent for soccer fans, athletes, and anyone seeking inspiration to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams.

One Life by Megan Rapinoe

This life story provides a compelling and personal account of Megan Rapinoe’s journey both on and off the soccer field. Rapinoe is one of the most prominent figures in women’s soccer. We can see her story from her childhood in a small town to becoming a World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist. She is incredibly honest, as she delves into her experiences as an openly gay athlete and an outspoken advocate for social justice. Rapinoe’s voice echoes through as she reflects on the challenges she’s faced and the triumphs she’s achieved. The impact she’s made as a trailblazer in the sport is undeniable. The book is as important in the social aspect as it is in the soccer world. Megan was fighting multiple battles, not just the one we all saw on the pitch.

The Greatest Goal: The Autobiography of Carlos Alberto by Carlos Alberto Torres

Carlos Alberto is a Brazilian, who captained the legendary 1970 Brazilian national team that won the FIFA World Cup. He later became a U.S. citizen and contributed immensely to the development of the sport in the US. In his autobiography, he talks about his entire career, including his time playing in the North American Soccer League (NASL). NASL is the predecessor of the MLS, running from 1967 to 1985. Through his storytelling, Carlos Alberto provides valuable insights into the beautiful game, making “The Greatest Goal” a must-read for football enthusiasts and those interested in the rich history of Brazilian and American soccer.

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These biographies offer unique perspectives on the lives and careers of U.S. soccer players. They provide inspiration and insight into the world of professional soccer. We are so excited to see what the current players of USWNT and USMNT will publish in the years to come. Hopefully, many of them will have World Cup winners next to their names!

Top Soccer Coaches’ Biographies – Life Stories [2024 UPDATED]

Soccer is a sport that has seen the rise of numerous legendary coaches who have left an indelible mark on the game. The coach is like a boss and a parent to the player, the best board employee, and the fans’ primary victim. Their stories of triumph, resilience, and tactical genius have become a source of inspiration. Both aspiring coaches and soccer enthusiasts like hearing them. In this article, we will explore some of the best soccer biographies that delve into their lives and careers. From their humble beginnings to their groundbreaking soccer achievements, these soccer coaches’ biographies provide a unique insight into the minds behind the success of some of the greatest teams in soccer history.

What are the best soccer coaches’ biographies?

I love audiobooks and these are all great to get through Audible. As you don’t have to look at the formations or any detailed numbers, these stories are great to be read on your commute to work or even to long drives before or after games and practices. However, we included the links in case you decide to get them as a gift for your child, significant other, or friend. Let’s get going!

Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning by Guillem Balague

In this fascinating biography, Guillem Balague unravels the story of Pep Guardiola. The story starts with the player Pep, but then it shows how the renowned coach revolutionized the game with his tactical brilliance. Balague takes readers through Guardiola’s journey, from his playing days to his unprecedented success as a manager, highlighting his innovative approach and unwavering commitment to beautiful, attacking football. Fair representation of one of the most influential soccer figures in the last several decades.

Leading by Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson are almost synonyms. But it wasn’t always that way. Considered one of the most influential managers in soccer history, Sir Alex Ferguson provides an insider’s account of his remarkable career in this captivating autobiography. From his early days in Scotland to his unparalleled tenure at Manchester United, Ferguson shares personal anecdotes, managerial philosophies, and the trials and triumphs that defined his reign as one of the greatest coaches ever. Not the only biography out there, but definitely a great read.

The Special One: The Dark Side of Jose Mourinho by Diego Torres

Diego Torres delves into the complex personality and coaching style of Jose Mourinho, one of the most controversial figures in modern soccer. The controversy follows him everywhere and we think he loves it, he feeds off of it and he uses it to play mind tricks with his opponents. This insightful biography explores Mourinho’s intense drive for success, his innovative tactics, and the relationships that shaped his career, shedding light on the enigmatic coach behind his charismatic public persona.

Quiet Leadership: Winning Hearts, Minds, and Matches by Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti, renowned for his calm and composed demeanor, shares his wisdom and experiences in this thought-provoking autobiography. “Quiet Leadership” offers a glimpse into Ancelotti’s approach to management, his ability to build strong connections with players, and the invaluable lessons he learned throughout his successful coaching career. The book was published in 2017, so his time in Italy, England, France, and Spain are all covered. However, we are looking forward to a new book or updated edition to share the latest stories from Napoli, Everton, and the return to Real Madrid and winning the UCL.

My Life in Red and White by Arsene Wenger

We waited for this one for a long time. Wenger provides a captivating and introspective account of his journey. From his childhood in Alsace to his transformative years at Arsenal Football Club, Wenger shares insights into his footballing philosophy and the challenges he faced. He talks about personal sacrifice, including a lack of time with his daughter. This inspiring book showcases Wenger’s revolutionary tactics and dedication to nurturing young talent, making it a must-read for soccer enthusiasts and fans of Arsenal alike.

Decision Time

These soccer biographies offer a captivating glimpse into the lives and careers of influential coaches who have shaped the landscape of the beautiful game. Whether it’s the tactical genius of Pep Guardiola, the longevity and success of Sir Alex Ferguson, the enigmatic persona of Jose Mourinho, the calm leadership of Carlo Ancelotti, or the profound wisdom of Phil Jackson, each biography provides unique lessons and inspiration for coaches, players, and soccer enthusiasts worldwide. Dive into these remarkable stories and uncover the secrets behind the success of these coaching legends.

Top Soccer Books for Toddlers – First Goodnight Reading [2024 Update]

Your baby became a toddler and you know that one day they will be the protagonist in the fairytales of the superstar soccer player, now just running around the house. You put a size 3 soccer ball in front and… completely uninterested :/ You are not the first to have run into this discrepancy between the excitement that you have and the kiddo. Let’s see how we spark up some of the passion for the sport through some of the best soccer books for toddlers. Introducing toddlers to soccer through books is a great way to spark their interest and foster their love for the sport.

What are the best soccer books for toddlers?

Ranked in no particular order, these are some great options to see if you can enjoy reading some interactive books full of colors as a bedtime story or as a break in between running around the house or playing with a ball and toys.

Goodnight Soccer by Michael Dahl

In this charming bedtime board book, toddlers will follow along as adorable characters play a friendly soccer game, while the rhythmic text and colorful illustrations create a soothing and engaging experience that introduces them to the world of soccer. Our personal recommendation is to buy a plush soccer ball, just as it is on the cover.

Soccer Counts by Barbara Barbieri McGrath

With delightful rhymes and vibrant illustrations, this interactive picture book takes toddlers on a counting adventure through soccer. From one ball to ten cheering fans, young readers will learn numbers while exploring the excitement of the game. Instead of mindlessly reading through lollipops or bees, this is a great option to teach math while also getting the passion for soccer out there.

My First Soccer Book by Sports Illustrated Kids

Designed as a sturdy board book, this beginner’s guide to soccer is perfect for little hands. It is professionally made, so it covers the basics of the sport, such as the rules, different positions, and basic skills. With simple explanations and captivating illustrations that keep toddlers entertained and informed. In our opinion, it does miss the spirit of some of the other books.

Messi: A Boy Who Became A Star by Steve Herman

Telling the remarkable story of Lionel Messi, through vivid storytelling and engaging illustrations. It takes readers on a journey from Messi’s humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to stardom. Showcasing the power of dreams, hard work, and perseverance, this book tells us how Messi might be the best player that ever played the game. It is a must-read for aspiring young athletes and fans alike, offering a fascinating glimpse into the life of a true sports legend.

Soccer Star by Mina Javaherbin

Follow the inspiring journey of Ajani, a young boy who dreams of becoming a soccer star, in this heartwarming picture book. Through detailed illustrations and relatable storytelling, toddlers will learn about determination, teamwork, and the joy of playing soccer. The story is truly one of the more remarkable, yet very remarkable and age-appropriate. It is probably the most fun you will have while reading it.

Peppa Plays Soccer by Neville Astley and Mark Baker

Ok, who doesn’t want to join Peppa Pig and her friends as they learn about soccer in this delightful storybook? Through playful illustrations and a fun narrative, discover the basics of the game, from kicking the ball to working as a team. The narration is familiar to Peppa the Pig fans, emphasizing fair play and having a great time.

The Berenstain Bears Get Their Kicks by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Brother and Sister Bear embark on a soccer journey in this endearing Berenstain Bears book. This is a perfect book for siblings that one day might join a soccer team. Toddlers will learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, and the importance of practice, all wrapped in the lovable bear adventures. The illustrations are fun and dynamic and the narration is family focused.

Decision time

Regardless of the interest in soccer at this age, these are great books to get your young athlete interested in reading. Remember to choose books that are age-appropriate and feature engaging illustrations to keep toddlers interested. These books provide a good starting point for introducing soccer to young children and sparking their enthusiasm for the sport.

Top Soccer Biographies of All Time [2024 UPDATE]

People love playing soccer all around the world, and I have played in teams where I didn’t couldn’t understand any words the teammates were speaking. I have even heard of coaches speaking to their players in a language they don’t understand. However, in addition to soccer being a universal language, there are soccer icons that have left an everlasting legacy on the game. Luckily, some of these life stories have been documented in (auto)biographies and they’ve been translated into many languages.

What are the best soccer biographies?

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I love audiobooks and these are all great to get through Audible. As you don’t have to look at the formations or any detailed numbers, these stories are great to be read on your commute to work or even to long drives before or after games and practices. However, we included the links in case you decide to get them as a gift for your child, significant other or a friend. Let’s get going!

1. My Turn: The Autobiography by Johann Cruyff [Best Overall]

This an insightful and inspiring account of one of soccer’s true legends. Cruyff’s influence on the game is monumental and felt today through the words of virtually anybody that has seen Barcelona or the Netherlands play. The autobiography takes readers through his remarkable career as a player, coach, and sporting executive, offering a deep understanding of his innovative football philosophy. With honesty and passion, Cruyff shares his personal philosophy, strategic insights, and his unwavering commitment to soccer. Everybody can benefit from reading this story, both soccer and non-soccer people.

2. Ronaldo: The Children’s Book by Roy Brandon [Best for Children]

It’s never too early to start consuming soccer through books and this one is a delightful and inspiring read that takes young readers on a journey through the life of soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo. The book gives fun storytelling and motivational messages, focusing on Ronaldo’s determination and resilience. Through colorful illustrations and age-appropriate prose, it tells the story of Ronaldo’s rise to stardom and emphasizes the values of hard work, perseverance, and self-belief. It’s a perfect book for every kid that is starting the soccer journey.

3. I Am Zlatan by Zlatan Ibrahimovic [Best for Players]

Zlatan Ibrahimović, the enigmatic Swedish striker known for his charisma and breathtaking goals, tells his story as only he could. This autobiography delves into his troubled upbringing, his rise to stardom, and his experiences playing for some of the world’s most renowned clubs. The biography does not include the time in the United States which we hope he will write about in a newer book now that he is retired. He is honest and often controversial in his reflections and opinions. It is a vital read for every young player looking for determination and self-confidence while finding their identity as a soccer player.

4. My Autobiography by Sir Alex Ferguson [Best for Coaches]

For over two decades, Sir Alex Ferguson was the driving force behind Manchester United’s dominance in English football. In “My Autobiography,” Ferguson recounts his remarkable career, sharing insights into his leadership philosophy, squad-building and human managing strategies, and the intense rivalries that defined his era. This biography offers valuable lessons not only for soccer enthusiasts but also for aspiring managers and leaders in any field. As we cannot be at his lectures at Harvard Business School anymore, reading about leadership and decision-making through this biography will have to do.

5. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby [Best for Fans]

While not strictly a traditional soccer biography, “Fever Pitch” by Nick Hornby is a poignant memoir that beautifully captures the essence of being a passionate fan. Hornby shares his personal experiences as an Arsenal supporter with significant moments in the club’s history. Through the lens of football fandom, he explores the deep emotional connection between individuals and their teams, making it a must-read for anyone who has ever experienced the highs and lows of supporting a football club.

6. A Game of Extremes: 25 Exceptional Soccer Stories: What Happens On and Off the Field by Roy Lingster

Another non-typical choice for this list, the book is a captivating and diverse collection of soccer narratives that delves into both the thrilling moments on the pitch and the intriguing tales behind the scenes. There are personal accounts, historical anecdotes, and cultural perspectives. It’s well-balanced and well-written, providing great stories of the beautiful game. The author has a baseball and military background, but as he is currently living in the Netherlands, he has undoubtedly witnessed soccer from a different perspective.

Decision time

Soccer biographies offer a window into the lives of football legends, revealing the triumphs, tribulations, and human stories behind their on-field achievements. From the self-confidence of Zlatan Ibrahimović to the managerial genius of Sir Alex Ferguson, each of these biographies provides unique insights and lessons that extend beyond the boundaries of the sport. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or simply fascinated by remarkable individuals, these soccer biographies are essential reads for anyone seeking to understand.