How to Speak Soccer
From Assist to Woodwork: an Illustrated Guide to Pitch-Perfect Jargon
Author: Sally Cook and Ross MacDonald
How to Speak Soccer covers all of the terms and definitions that fly around the field and includes fascinating bits of trivia.
Soccer, the world's most popular sport, has a growing fan base with millions of enthusiasts. Whether you're a newcomer to this exciting sport or a longtime fan, in How to Speak Soccer authors Sally Cook and Ross MacDonald share the definitions to over 150 terms, plus a range of amusing trivia. Learn about the history of the World Cup, where red and yellow cards come from, and much more!
-Diving Header: When a player dives horizontally to head a ball at knee-height
-Rainbow Kick: A trick kick that is done by flicking the ball with the back of the heel and over one's head. It is usually employed to avoid a sliding tackle.
-Rocket: A shot that is struck with immense power.
In The News
"[One] of the most intriguing new books about athletes...Cook and MacDonald define lingo that will help you look smart at your next viewing party." —Time
"There are books that are good for people, and books that are good for libraries, and the twain hardly ever meet—except when they do. This is one of those." —Library Journal
"Soccer is far and away the world's most popular sport and has been for quite some time. As it grows in popularity Stateside, this may be the perfect time to brush up on its jargon." —Signature Reads