Books, toys, clothing, and more celebrating girls and women in soccer in honor of the 2019 Women's World Cup!
With over 250 million players in over 200 countries, it's no surprise that soccer is the world's most prominent women's team sport! In fact, women’s soccer games have been recorded since the late 19th century, and today, 177 nations have national women’s soccer teams. Best of all, girls’ soccer leagues continue to thrive, with gender representation among youth soccer players almost exactly 50-50, something that's all too rare in athletics. It's no wonder that excitement about the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup is at a fever pitch, with millions of girls around the world eager to cheer on their favorite players — and dream about their own turn kicking the winning goal!
To celebrate Mighty Girls and their love of the beautiful game, we've put together a selection of books, clothing, toys, gear, and movies that support and encourage Mighty Girl soccer lovers. Whether she's a toddler kicking her first ball into a pop-up net, or a teen reading about her favorite soccer hero, there's something for players and fans of every age. We hope that these inspiring resources will keep your Mighty Girl playing her favorite game for many years to come!
Soccer Stories: Books About Soccer
Maisy and her friends can't wait to play a game of soccer! Together, they lace on their cleats, grab the ball, and split into teams. As the game gets going, kids will get swept up in the excitement: who will score first? Who will win? But in the end, what really matters is that all of them are having a great time playing their favorite game. This sweet story reminds young players that the best part about soccer is how much fun it is to play!
Fans of Mia Hamm will love this story based on the soccer star's childhood experiences! Young Mia loves soccer and wants to be the best, so when her family team starts losing a game she quits — right in the middle of it. In fact, her furious exit from the game is so disruptive that the next day, her siblings refuse to let her play. When she's denied the chance to get on the field, Mia realizes that what really matters is how much she loves playing her favorite game, win or lose. Competitive kids will sympathize with frustrated Mia's trouble with losing and will gain a new perspective on sportsmanship.
Learn all about America's World Championship-winning Women's National Team — the first women's team to get a ticker tape parade down New York's Canyon of Heroes — in this Penguin Young Readers book that's perfect for newly independent readers! From the beginnings of the sport in America to the girls' and women's soccer community of today, this book celebrates the vibrant women's soccer culture and the tremendous talent that it has brought to the world stage. Young soccer fans will love having their very own book to read about their heroes.
Do you know when to pass the ball and when to keep it? How about the best way to practice dribbling, goaltending, or other key soccer skills? What about the different ways that you can continue to enjoy your favorite sport, whether you shoot for the World Championship stage or just want to get together with friends? This book teaches you everything you need to know! From understanding the intricacies of the rules to important offense and defense techniques, the clear explanations will help you get more out of your game and stay active, healthy, and happy.
When 12-year-old Devon moves from Connecticut to California, she's horrified to discover that the Kentville Kangaroos, AKA the Kicks, are a disaster. Their coach doesn't care if they win or lose — or even get any better at the game — and the players lack even basic soccer skills. Devon steps up to teach her new friends, but with a game against a powerhouse team coming up, can the Kicks rally together, play well, and still have fun? This charming series, written by US Women's National Team member Alex Morgan, is sure to be a hit with soccer-loving tweens. Fans of the series can check out the six-book box set, plus the newest volumes, Under Pressure, In The Zone, and Choosing Sides.
Within these pages, soccer-crazy Mighty Girls can learn everything they've ever wanted to know about their favorite game! From practice techniques that will help you achieve your best, to useful tips on stretching, hydrating, and eating right, to a guide to the big competitions and top players of the sport, this book has something for every eager young player. One section even talks to girls about what careers might appeal to young soccer fans — whether it's on the field as a player, on the sidelines as a coach, or other options that might surprise her! With clear language and an encouraging tone, this is a book she'll return to over and over.
When she was growing up, Alex Morgan knew she wanted to go to the Olympics — even before she knew which sport she wanted to play! When she fell in love with soccer, she wrote a note to her mother declaring that she was going to be a professional player someday. In this exciting biography from the Epic Athletes series, best-selling author Dan Wetzel tells the story of how Morgan rose to become a major player on the international sporting stage. With comic-style illustrations from Cory Thomas, and compelling writing that makes you feel like you're on the field next to her, this thrilling book is perfect for both long-time and new fans of Morgan and the US Women's National Team.
Makena and her teammates on the Brookville Breakers are Soccer Sisters, and they have a code that emphasizes skill-building, competition, and fair play. But when Skylar joins the team, Makena starts wondering if the code is really all it's cracked up to be. Skylar plays hard both on and off the field, and she doesn't always follow the rules — and Makena starts joining her. But there's a big tournament coming up, and Makena has some choices to make: can she stay true to the Soccer Sisters' ideals and still be a winner? Tweens will love this story about integrity, peer pressure, and the love of the game.
Kate T. Parker, the photographer behind Strong Is The New Pretty, creates another inspiring photo book, this one drawing from the lessons you can learn while kicking a soccer ball! Parker's photos capture players from ages 3 to 63, from brand new kickers to some of women's soccer's top athletes. Each picture includes a quotation that captures the spirit, drive, and determination of these dauntless players. Packed with confident, resilient, and proud girls and women, this book will encourage and empower both children and adults!
Learn everything you need to know about the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in this book from the World Soccer Legends series! Readers will learn about the teams, the players, this year's World Cup venues, and even the history of the Women's World Cup and how it grew from an 8-team showdown to the world-wide sensation it is today. It even comes complete with fill-in brackets to track your favorite teams! It's the perfect choice for any young soccer fan.
From the moment the U.S. women's soccer team won the 1999 world Cup, the popularity of the sport exploded — particularly among girls. Today, women's professional leagues beginning to grow, and the U.S. Women's National Team continues to set records around the world. Award-winning sports journalist Ann Killion introduces young fans to the excitement of the sport with this volume, which includes Top Ten lists, thrilling photos, biographies of famous players, and more. Soccer-crazy girls will love this tribute to their favorite sport, which encourages them to imagine themselves as the next generation of soccer stars!
When Carli Lloyd scored a hat trick in the Women's World Cup final in 2015, she broke records and inspired the world, but at one point, she considered giving up her sport altogether. She struggled with self-doubts and low confidence, and wondered if she would ever have what it took to be an international level player. But with help from a good coach — and a lot of grit and determination — she pulled through, trained hard, and made history. This candid memoir provides young readers with an intriguing look inside the mind of a professional athlete. Older teens and adult readers can check out the original version of this memoir, When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World.
Abby Wambach has always pushed the boundaries, achieving great feats — like the record for the most international goals scored in the history of soccer by either a man or a woman — and capturing the heart of a country as she helped lead the 2015 Women's National Team to victory in the FIFA Women's World Cup. But behind the professional successes were many struggles that fans didn't see, including a fight against addiction and fear about coming out as a lesbian. These struggles, though, have driven her to achieve as a professional athlete and as an advocate for equality and women's rights. This young readers edition of Wambach's book Forward: A Memoir is sure to delight young soccer fans.
Before she was goalkeeper for the US Women's National Team, Hope Solo was a girl struggling with an absentee father, poverty and homelessness, and then a difficult stepfather. Soccer became her escape, and her natural talent allowed her to rise up the ranks. She also rebuilt relationships with family members on her way to both Olympic gold and World Championship titles. This fascinating look at a gifted athlete who overcame great adversity just to play captures both Solo's fearlessness and her flaws, providing an intriguingly complex look at this world-class player. Older teen and adult readers can check out the original autobiography, Solo: A Memoir of Hope.
When Alex Morgan joined the US Women's National Team, it was the fulfillment of a dream she'd had since she was 8: to be a professional soccer player. In this friendly memoir, Morgan remembers her time playing with the American Youth Soccer Organization, then joining the Olympic Development Program and the under-17 and under-20 World Championship teams. Morgan is up-front about some of the challenges she faced, from long-distance relationships to sports injuries, and provides a great look at what it's like to stay focused and positive as you rise through the ranks of the soccer world. Younger readers can check out the World Soccer Legends biography Alex Morgan for ages 7 to 12.
Learn about soccer — and life — at the feet of Mia Hamm, one of the greatest female soccer players in history! In this combination of biography and soccer guide, Hamm talks about her rise from beginning player to world stage, and also provides plenty of tips on how to improve your game. Plus, her optimistic, can-do attitude isn't just useful in soccer: her determination to improve and willingness to put in the work that it takes to do so is a skill that can transfer to any area of a Mighty Girl's life.
Which teams are playing at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup? What strategies will the coaches be using? Which are the star players to watch — or the up-and-comers who will make their name at this tournament? This informative guide will give you all the answers! In-depth details about teams, players, coaches, venues, and more will make teen readers feel like they're actually there at the cup, and answer all their questions so they're ready to cheer on their favorite team!
Girl athletes can be fierce and competitive — but often, they're urged to tone back their drive for the sake of "being nice." Dan Blank, a top coach and best-selling author, urges girls to stop worrying about what others think of them when they're on the field, giving them permission to win big without apology. Players who read this book will feel empowered to stretch their muscles and really give their best, but it's also a great read for coaches who want to examine the messages directed at female athletes and how to counteract them.
From June 7 to July 7, 2019, 24 of the world's top women's soccer teams will meet up in France to compete for the FIFA Women's World Cup! In this official guide written by former professional player Jen O'Neill, readers will learn about each of the participating teams — and their star players — as well as player and team records, tournament history, and more. A detailed match schedule ensures you won't miss one minute of this exciting tournament! It's the perfect choice either to get revved up for the cup, or to hold onto as a keepsake for years to come.
If you're thinking about taking up coaching soccer, then this book is a must-read! Tony DiCicco, the coach for the 1996 Olympic gold medal-winning US Women's National Team, and Colleen Hacker, the team's psychology consultant, speak to parents and coaches about how to get the best performance out of players, whether they're putting on their first set of cleats or preparing to play in a World Championship. Exercises to build team cohesiveness and technical skills echo DiCicco's creed that soccer — and every sport — is about "playing hard, playing fair, playing to win, and having fun." You can also check out the book Coaching Girls' Soccer: From the How-To's of the Game to Practical Real-World Advice - Your Definitive Guide to Successfully Coaching Girls.
The U.S. Women's National Soccer team dominates their sport — but their story is full of both triumphs and struggles. Leading soccer journalist Caitlin Murray dives into the history of the USWNT, beginning with their formation in the 1980s and highlighting how their phenomenal performance helped drive the popularity of soccer and the way people think about women athletes. She also shines a light on the inequities they've faced, which led to the team's current battles for equal pay and conditions. With almost 100 exclusive interviews, Murray provides a peek inside the day-to-day workings of the team and celebrates their determination both on and off the field. For a book that explores the influence of women's soccer players around the world, check out SoccerWomen: The Icons, Rebels, Stars, and Trailblazers Who Transformed the Beautiful Game.
When the FIFA Women's World Cup began, it was a gathering of eight teams — and no one knew just how big it would get. By the 2015 Women's World Cup, 25 million people tuned in to watch the finals in the United States alone! Kieran Theivam and Jeff Kassouf explore the history of the Women's World Cup through the stories of games and people who left their impression on the sport forever. It's a fascinating look at the triumphs, heartbreaks, hopes, and dreams that drove women's soccer to become the world's most prominent team sport.
Soccer is a tremendously popular sport, both in America and around the world — but the famous female players of today still faced significant hardships and discrimination, in addition to all the challenges of a world-class athlete, in order to play the game they love. In this tribute to the daring women who transformed the sport, author Gemma Clarke interviewed over fifty players and coaches to explore their lives and experiences with the beautiful game. Packed with names both famous and unfamiliar, this book is sure to be a favorite with any fan of soccer or women's sport.
Gear Up For The Game: Soccer-Themed Clothing
Crawl before you walk, and walk before... you play soccer! Our novelty infant bodysuits will look absolutely adorable on your little one! This exclusive Threadrock design is available on multiple size and color combinations of your choice, all made with 100% cotton. Bodysuits feature lap shoulder construction for over-the-head ease and three button snap closure for a diaper friendly fit. Available in infants' sizes 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months.
"I know I play like a girl... try to keep up!" This is the perfect shirt for anyone who refuses to let gender stereotypes dictate how they play! This cotton-polyester blend shirt features the quote and a graphic of a soccer ball. It comes in five colors and in available in women's sizes small to 3XL, as well as unisex youth sizes 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12, and men's sizes small to 3XL.
Play soccer in style with these great athletic socks from Red Lion! These comfortable 71% acrylic socks offer a cushioned foot for better performance. She'll love the bright colors that lets the soccer ball design really pop. Available in one size which fits youth shoe sizes 12 - 4.
Whether you call it soccer or football, it's played all over the world and is the world's most popular sport. Celebrate the Beautiful Game with these sock-er ball socks from Sock It To Me! These 67% cotton, 25% polyester, 6% nylon, 2% Spandex knee socks are comfortable, durable, and won't sag down her legs — even if she's running for a goal. These socks fit children's shoe sizes 1 to 5, approximately ages 7 to 10.
Get ready to cheer on the United States Women's National Team with this shirt featuring the USWNT crest from Nike! This comfortable shirt features a bold design that shows off your love of the USWNT and the sport. This 100% cotton shirt is available in women's sizes medium and large.
Get ready for the FIFA Women's World Cup with this officially licensed USWNT Away Jersey from Nike! This jersey is made with breathable Dri-FIT fabric for lightweight comfort. With three stars for the team's three World Cup wins, woven team crest, and bold signature details, this stadium away jersey proudly celebrates this world-class team. Available in women's sizes extra-small to extra-large.
Time To Play: Soccer Toys And Training Gear
Fans of Manhattan Toy's classic Winkel sensory and teething toy will love adding a little soccer flair to the mix! This lightweight teether is easy to hold, and its bright colors and loop design invite babies to chew and explore. The soccer ball in the center makes a perfect touch for young sports fans! Parents will love that this soccer Winkel is BPA and PVC free, and it can even be refrigerated for extra comfort when babies are teething.
Have a ball with this colorful light-up soccer ball from VTech! As you move this ball around, you'll trigger music and sounds that encourage kids to kick, pass, and shake the ball and introduce concepts like opposites and numbers. Press the light-up face button to activate more sounds, or feel the textures of the crinkly hands or the soft plus ball. It's a cuddly way to get some soccer into your Mighty Girl's life! For another soccer-themed toy for little kids, check out Fisher Price's Laugh and Learn Singin' Soccer Ball.
Combine sports and learning with this great toy from VTech! Dunk a basket or score a soccer goal while the animated LED scoreboard tracks your progress. Buttons, gears, and pages provide additional activities and produce interesting sounds and music. Kids will keep active while learning about shapes, numbers, and more!
Get ready to get in the game with Little Tikes' soccer set! A sturdy but lightweight metal goal with two height settings lets you set up to practice your shots or goal keeping in no time, while the kid-sized soccer ball is just the right size to help kids perfect their technique. A ball pump ensures you don't fall flat! Kids will love getting to practice "real" soccer at home.
Young soccer fans will love this Barbie doll who's dressed to play their favorite sport — and built to play it as well! Made to Move dolls have 22 "joints" — in the neck, upper arms, elbows, wrists, torso, hips, upper legs, knees, and ankles — so they have an incredible range of movement that duplicates that of real-life athletes. The Made to Move soccer player comes in a soccer uniform complete with cleats and shin guards (safety first, after all!) as well as her own scale-sized soccer ball.
The PUGG portable soccer training goal offers an innovative, lightweight and collapsible design that you can easily carry to the field. This pair of goals sets up quickly, and can be secured down with the included anchoring pegs so you're quickly ready for games or drills. The goal folds down to a 1 inch thick flat oval and comes with a handy carry bag, so the game can go wherever you do.
Let your 18" doll join you for some soccer fun with this replica soccer uniform that's just her size! This set from Emily Rose Doll Clothes includes sporty white shorts and shirt, thick neon yellow socks and headband, shin guards, and a pair of one of a kind blue and yellow soccer cleats. It even includes a scale sized soccer ball — and a gold medal to celebrate her big win! This set will fit most 18" doll brands, including American Girl.
Practice your shooting, passing, juggling, ball control, and more — all by yourself and without having to chase down the ball! This Star Kick soccer trainer from SKLS is a simple tether system with a patented neoprene ball glove that fits a #3, #4, or #5 ball and holds up to the most aggressive play. The tether stretches to over 18 feet, so kids can practice serious kicks and throws without worrying about damaging their gear. Whether she's new to the game or perfecting her skills, she'll be able to push herself to the limit with this trainer.
The perfect bag for your soccer fan, this nylon backpack with a front ball pocket from Diadora is great for toting all her gear. Made of 420 denier nylon, this high quality bag features a front vented ball pocket, a side vented shoe tunnel, and a side accessory pocket. It's available in multiple colors, so she can even match it to her favorite team!
Soccer On Screen: Soccer-Themed Movies
Teenager Reagan Willis' bedroom is a shrine to her love of soccer and to her idol, Alex Morgan — but outside her bedroom door, she's overshadowed by her football superstar brother. After a disastrous tryout for the premiere local soccer team — including humiliation at the hands of her rival — Reagan is shocked when a bump on her head leads to Alex Morgan stepping out of her life-sized poster and offering advice. It turns out that, with a good coach at your side and a determined mindset, Reagan is capable of achieving her dreams! This fun and uplifting movie will be a hit with young soccer fans.
On July 10, 1999, the US Women's National Team won the FIFA Women's World Cup in a nail-biting penalty-kick shoot-out — and their story captivated the nation! In this film from ESPN's Nine for IX series, created in honor of the anniversary of the landmark Title IX legislation that revolutionizes girls' and women's sports, longtime team captain Julie Foudy narrates the story of the team's path to this critical victory. Full of behind-the-scenes footage from the players themselves, this film takes a unique look at the personalities behind this major win. For another documentary about the USWNT, check out Dare to Dream for ages 10 and up.
Sometimes, to follow your dreams, you've go to bend the rules! Jess was born in England to an Indian family, and she dreams of becoming a soccer star, just like her idol, David Beckham — but her traditional family refuses to allow her to play. When she meets Juliet, who plays on a local girls' team, Jess decides to secretly join the team. But as she develops her skills and the team starts gaining attention, will Jess be able to keep her secret, or can she convince her parents to flex enough to allow her to play the game she loves? This feel-good film is an exuberant delight.
When 15-year-old Gracie Bowen's soccer star brother dies in a car accident, she's determined to pay tribute to his memory on the field. But in 1978, there's no girl's team — so she sets her sights on replacing him on the boy's varsity team. The school forbids her to play, but she knows that she can play just as well if she's given a chance. When even her family doubts her ability, Gracie will need all her strength and courage to achieve her dream. Loosely based on actress Elisabeth Shue's real-life campaign to replace her brother on her high school's boys team, this inspiring story of perseverance and hope will delight viewers.