We’re only six days away from the opening matches of the FIFA World Cup. I’d always wondered what FIFA stands for, so tonight I actually looked it up. FIFA stands for: The International Federation of Association Football. As most of the world knows by now, what Americans know as soccer is called football by the rest of the world. Like the Olympics, the FIFA World Cup is held every four years, and it’s a very big deal. According to my intense research (Wikipedia), the final match of the 2006 World Cup was viewed by 715.1 million people. I don’t know about you, but I’m having trouble getting my head around that number…
If your kids catch football/soccer fever in June, here are few titles that will hold them over between matches:
Soccer Sam by Jean Marzollo (an easy-to-read/short chapter book)
Soccer Halfback and Soccer Hero, both by Matt Christopher
Soccer: The Ultimate Guide to the Beautiful Game by Clive Gifford (a good fact book for kids between 10 and 14)
The Complete Book of Soccer by Chris Hunt (This is not a children’s book, but young soccer fans would love it. It’s actually a book of lists, photographs and player profiles – a young soccer fan’s dream!)
For adults caught up in the FIFA tournament, my husband recommends How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer.