The Football School Encyclopedia

Everything you want to know about football

Illustrator: Spike Gerrell

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Walker Books

Book 8 of Football School Series

Age 9+

Association Football) General Knowledge & Trivia Cartoons & Comic Strips, Football / Soccer

A fun and essential guide to the world of football and an incredible gift for young fans.
Discover everything you've EVER wanted to know about football, from fascinating facts about your favourite players and clubs, to incredible international stats and terrific trivia. Packed with hilarious illustrations, this encyclopedia is anything but boring! Learn about all aspects of the game, including the positions, rules, mascots, nicknames, trophies and tournaments and laugh loads along the way. Brought to you by the bestselling creators of the Football School series, this book is a joyful celebration of the beautiful game.


Alex Bellos writes about maths and puzzles for the Guardian and is the bestselling author of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland and Alex Through the Looking-Glass, as well as two mathematical colouring books. He has also written Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life, which was shortlisted for Sports Book of the Year, and he ghost-wrote Pelé’s bestselling autobiography.
Ben Lyttleton is a journalist, broadcaster and football consultant. He is the author of Edge and Twelve Yards: The Art and Psychology of the Perfect Penalty and his football articles have been published in over 20 countries. He is a director of Soccernomics, a football consultancy that helps teams improve their performance.

Spike Gerrell is a prolific cartoonist known for his "spiky-nosed" illustrations. His work has been published in the New Scientist, Independent, Times Educational Supplement and Guardian.


If your children like football, there’s only one book they need.

The Daily Telegraph

Full of facts, figures, quizzes and cartoons, this brilliant compendium has the answers to everything football fans could ever want to know about the beautiful game.

Sunday Express

With brilliant illustrations from cartoonist Spike Gerrell, the Football School Encyclopedia is actually a joy for adults as well. There’s loads of stuff in there I didn’t know. Any fan of any age could pick it up and love it.

The Daily Star

The talented trio have scored another triumph with this fabulous football compendium […] Following eleven bestselling books in their Football School series, the dream team have done it again producing a definitive, comprehensive and hugely entertaining encyclopedia which stays true to their philosophy of trying to make sense of the world through football.


Although aimed at youngsters aged over nine, both children and parents are guaranteed to get a kick out of this fun and fact-packed football school encyclopedia […] The Football School Encyclopedia is a colourful cornucopia of all things footie. So look no further if you want to discover everything you’ve ever wanted to know about football. Packed with amazing true stories, terrific trivia, brain-busting quizzes, eye popping colour and laugh-out-loud cartoons on every page, the encyclopedia enables youngsters to learn about all aspects of the game.

Lancashire Evening Post, syndicated in Blackpool Gazette, Burnley Express

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