Summer is HERE! Time to kick back and relax, by the pool. And we've got your summer reading list covered, so you can stay entertained and informed while you soak up those rays! Check out some amazing books about, and by, some seriously amazing women's soccer players. Plus we threw in a couple that may help you step up your own game. Let's score!
Forward: A Memoir by Abby Wambach
Abby 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 scorer—male or female—in 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.
When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World by Carli Lloyd and Wayne Coffey
This candid reflection on a remarkable turnaround will take readers inside the women's national team and inside the head of an athlete who willed herself to perform at the highest levels of competition.
Breakaway: Beyond the Goal by Alex Morgan
From her beginnings with the American Youth Soccer Organization to the role she played in winning the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Alex shares the details that made her who she is today: a fantastic role model and athlete who proudly rocks a pink headband.
Soccer IQ: Things That Smart Players Do, Vol. 1 by Dan Blank
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.
For Soccer-Crazy Girls Only: Everything Great about Soccer by Erin Downing
From training techniques formations and strategies―this book has it all!
Stars of Women's Soccer by Illugi Jokulsson
Following the most spectacular—and largest—Women’s World Cup yet, the World Soccer Legends series presents Stars of Women’s Soccer, featuring a collection of the best female players from around the world.
Go For the Goal: A Champion's Guide To Winning In Soccer And Life by Mia Hamm and Aaron Heifetz
Filled with personal anecdotes and fully illustrated with both action and instructional photographs, Go for the Goal shows readers exactly how to master the silky skills and techniques that made Hamm and her teammates the finest women's soccer team in the world.
All Heart: My Dedication and Determination to Become One of Soccer's Best by Carli Lloyd and Wayne Coffey
There was a time when Carli almost quit soccer. She struggled with doubts and low confidence. In All Heart, adapted from When Nobody Was Watching specifically for younger readers, Carli tells the full inspiring story of her journey to the top of the soccer world—an honest, action-packed account that takes readers inside the mind of a hardworking athlete.
Food Guide For Women's Soccer: Tips & Recipes From The Pros by Nancy Clark
This handy "how-to" food guide addresses the nutrition questions and concerns of soccer athletes of all ages and abilities to help them achieve success with energy to spare. Food Guide for Soccer offers practical tips, debunks nutrition myths and is a simple "how-to" resource for soccer players, their coaches and parents.
Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment: A Guide to Optimal Performance for Players, Parents, and Coaches by John Gallucci Jr.
Written by the medical coordinator for Major League Soccer, a nationally recognized physical therapist who treats athletes of all ages and abilities, Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment is a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the best training, strengthening, stretching, nutrition, and hydration regimens to keep athletes, both professional and recreational, safe and on the field.