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Women's World Cup Football Books

30th May 2019

Football in goal

I will never forget my 6 year old daughter asking me if it was ok for her to play football, because "on the tv it's only boys". Sad eh? And proof that we still have a long, long way to go. 

There are a number of football books available but few focus on girls so we've picked out our favourites about this World Cup, female players and football fiction books with a female main character.

If you're interested in watching the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019, it's being played in France and starts on Friday 7th June with France playing Korea.

England and Scotland are both in Group D and will play each other on Sunday 9th June at 5pm (UK time). They will then have the following matches in the first round.


9th June - v. Scotland

14th June - v Argentina

19th June - v. Japan


9th June - v. England

14th June - v. Japan

19th June - v. Argentina

You can see further games as they're announced over on the FIFA website

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Marta is the best footballer in the history of the women's game. The Brazilian has jaw-dropping flair and skill. She has scored more World Cup goals than any other player, and has won FIFA World Player of the Year six times. But pure talent alone was never enough - this book tells the story of how Marta chased her dreams with determination and a never-give-up attitude, to earn the right to be called the best player ever.

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Girls FC 1: Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?

Join the Girls FC as they show the world what it really means to play "like a girl"!

"My name is Megan Fawcett and this is the story of how I set up the best football team in the world. Get ready for kick-off!" Nine-year-old Megan Fawcett loves football and is desperate to be on her school team. She tries everything to get the coach to notice her (even wearing a tiara!), but nothing seems to do the trick. Then Megan has her big brainwave: she could start her own team. An all-girls team! Now she just needs a pitch, a coach - oh, and ten other players... This is the first in a series of fun, topical early readers; join the Girls FC as they take the world by storm!

"This book makes football a fun activity that isn't just for boys and I hope reading the series will encourage more girls to get involved in sport from an early age." - Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson

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FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 Kids' Handbook

As excitement builds in the run-up to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, the official 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France (TM) Kids' Handbook provides the perfect tournament companion for younger football fans. Featuring ettie (TM), the 2019 FIFA World Cup mascot, this book is bursting with information about the host country, France, plus the stadiums, top teams, superstar players, FIFA Women's World Cup facts and stats.

Bursting with football puzzles, quizzes, and games, this is a brilliant book for reluctant readers, with bite-sized text and all-action photos and activities.A fill-in progress chart lets young fans record match results as the tournament progresses, making this book a great personalized souvenir of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019!

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Hannah's Secret

Hi, I'm Hannah, and I'm the future captain of the England women's football team! Ha ha - only kidding. Although my dad seriously thinks so, which is embarrassing with a capital E. He's always yelling at me when I play - it's a nightmare! At least I've got football, and five new mates to keep me happy. And there's my BIG SECRET, too - just promise you won't tell...Hannah xxx

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Here Come the Girls!

An incredible 29 million women and girls play football across the globe. But it wasn't always this way...

Helena Pielichaty, author of the popular Girls FC series, traces the development of women's football from its ban by the FA in 1921 to its current status as the UK's number one team participation sport for women and girls. This lively history introduces the early pioneers of the game, from suffragette Netty Honeyball to the munitions workers whose teams competed during the First World War, alongside contemporary players from around the world.

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Typhoon (Wings #3)

Sisters Maddie and Jess are new to the football school. They bicker all the time, they never agree and they constantly try to score points against one another. Steve and Esther are keen to get the girls working together, and it's an uphill struggle. But the airfield has other ideas...Maddie and Jess wake up in twin Typhoon fighters and must learn to cover each other's backs. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

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Lily and the Rockets

A timeless story of football, friendship and determination from acclaimed author Rebecca Stevens.

It's 1918. Lily spends her days working in a munitions factory, her nights picking metal out of her hair, and her lunchtimes kicking a ball with her workmates. Together they form a football team, the Rockets, and a league soon follows. But when the war ends, the girls lose both their jobs and their football. Not Lily. If her only chance of being a goalie is to play with the men, then that's what she'll
do ...

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Football School Star Players: 50 Inspiring Stories of True Football Heroes

Get young fans dreaming big with this incredible collection of inspirational lives from the world of football.

What made Pele the greatest player of all time? How did Nadia Nadim flee from Afghanistan and end up playing for Manchester City? Who was the Liverpool player who invented the world's most popular football boot? This collection of fifty biographies brings together the the incredible true stories of the game's greatest legends who changed the world of football. Empowering and inspirational, this is the perfect book to get young fans dreaming big both on and off the pitch.

Includes profiles of Lucy Bronze, Liv Cooke, Mia Hamm, Ada Hegerberg, Katayoun Khosrowyar and other hugely talented female footballers. 


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