11 Teen Novels for Soccer Fans

LosersTakeAll

Losers Take All by David Klass

YA KLASS, D.

At a sports-crazy NJ high school where all kids must play on a team, a group of rebels start a soccer team designed to undermine the jock-culture of the school.

LastChanceFirst

Last Chance for First by Tom Hazuka

YA HAZUKA, T.

A star high school soccer player needs to cope with parents who compare him to his perfect brother, his best friend and co-captain of the team who is thrown off for drinking, a difficult, if not sadistic, coach, and an eccentric, unpredictable girlfriend–and still get the team to the State championships.

ShotsGoal

Shots on Goal by Rich Wallace

YA WALLACE, R.

While pursuing his goal of helping his soccer team win the league championship, fifteen-year-old Bones tries to deal with his resentment of his best friend, on whose girlfriend he has a crush.

OutNowhere

Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian

YA PADIAN, M.

Performing community service for pulling a stupid prank against a rival high school, soccer star Tom tutors a Somali refugee with soccer dreams of his own.

Keeper

Keeper by Mal Peet

YA PEET, M.

In an interview with a young journalist, World Cup hero, El Gato, describes his youth in the Brazilian rain forest and the events, experiences, and people that helped make him a great goalkeeper and renowned soccer star.

Exposure

Exposure by Mal Peet

YA PEET, M.

Paul Faustino, South America’s best soccer journalist, reports on the series of events that hurl Otello from the heights of being a beloved and successful soccer star, happily married to the pop singer Desdemona, into a downward spiral, in this novel loosely based on Shakespeare’s play, Othello.

Compulsion

Compuls1on by Heidi Ayarbe

YA AYARBE, H.

Poised to lead his high school soccer team to its third straight state championship, seventeen-year-old star player Jake Martin struggles to keep hidden his nearly debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Kick

Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman

YA MYERS, W.

Told in their separate voices, thirteen-year-old soccer star Kevin and police sergeant Brown, who knew his father, try to keep Kevin out of juvenile hall after he is arrested on very serious charges.

Tangerine

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

YA BLOOR, E.

Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

GoingForRecord

Going for the Record by Julie A. Swanson

YA SWANSON, J.

Seventeen-year-old Leah’s chance to make the national soccer team does not seem so important when she learns that her father has cancer and may only have months to live.

Breakaway

Breakaway by Kat Spears

YA SPEARS, K.

When Jason Marshall’s younger sister passes away, he knows he can count on his three best friends and soccer teammates–Mario, Jordie, and Chick–to be there for him. With a grief-crippled mother and a father who’s not in the picture, he needs them more than ever. But when Mario starts hanging out with a rough group of friends and Jordie finally lands the girl of his dreams, Jason is left to fend for himself while maintaining a strained relationship with troubled and quiet Chick. Then Jason meets Raine, a girl he thinks is out of his league but who sees him for everything he wants to be, and he finds himself pulled between building a healthy and stable relationship with a girl he might be falling in love with, grieving for his sister, and trying to hold onto the friendships he has always relied on.

NowTimeRunning

Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams

YA WILLIAMS, M.

When soldiers attack a small village in Zimbabwe, Deo goes on the run with Innocent, his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope.