Giveaway: Soccer for Dummies (US, Ends 9/21)

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Q:  What soccer player was born with a club foot, yet went on to score the most international goals in history?

a.  Pele     b.  David Beckham     c.  George Best     d.  Mia Hamm

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What series of books is incredibly smart, yet their name contains the word “Dummies”?  I have a huge appreciation for the “For Dummies” series of books.  They find the best people in a field to write an easy-to-read, fascinating book about subjects we want to know about.  Soccer for Dummies is no exception.  Written by Soccer Blogger, Tom Dunmore and Soccer Writer, Scott Murray, this book has valuable information for:

  • soccer players
  • coaches
  • fans

Tom Dunmore is the author of Historical Dictionary of Soccer, and the editor of several soccer websites and blogs including XI Quarterly. He is an avid Chicago Fire fan. Scott Murray is a soccer writer for The Guardian and FourFourTwo.

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Whether you’re a parent or a youth league player, this book can help you understand the rules and help you improve your skills on the field.  Even if you are a television fan that will never kick a ball in a game, this book will help you increase your enjoyment and knowledge of the history of the game.

Q:  If a tie game goes to Penalty Shootouts, how many penalty kicks does each team get?

a.  One     b.  Two     c.  Five     d.  Three

Looking through the Table of Contents of any “For Dummies” book has me turning the pages as quickly as I can.  With topics like these:

  • Playing the Game – Playing Solo and Playing with Others
  • Getting Your Game On:  The Gear You Need
  • Laying Down the Laws
  • Players, Positions, and Tactics
  • Honing Your Skills
  • Coaching for Success
  • The World Cup
  • Looking at the Game All Over the World (and lists 11 countries)
  • Playing Together:  Clubs and Leagues Around the World
  • Famous Clubs
  • Women’s Soccer
  • The Fan’s Enclosure:  Following the Game
  • Soccer on Screen
  • Ten Great Players; Teams; Great Games

Those are just some of the chapter titles that grabbed my interest. And you know if it’s a “For Dummies” book, it’s going to be entertaining and easy-to-read, with helpful icons highlighting tips, things to remember, warnings, and facts.

Here’s an example of a thing to “remember”:

“While you’re practicing this drill (dribbling), try to keep your head up.  Don’t look down at your feet and/or the ball if you can help it.  When you dribble in a real game you need to keep your head up to look around the field for team mates to pass to, as well as keep an eye out for opposing defenders.”

One lucky KLY reader is going to win a copy of “Soccer for Dummies”!

1. Tell me who you would like to win this for.  Are they a player, coach, fan, etc.?  Answer in a comment below.

Additional entries

2. Follow Kelly’s Lucky You on Twitter. Leave your Twitter username in a comment on this post.

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8. Blog about this giveaway on your own blog and leave the link to your post in the comments.

9. Leaving a comment on any of my non-giveaway posts – leave a comment here with the title of the non-giveaway post. Max of three entries for comments on three non-giveaway posts.

10. Up to one entry per day – tweet about this giveaway. Leave a link to your tweet in a comment on this post. Sample tweet:

I just entered to win Soccer for Dummies!  Ends 9/21 – don’t miss out on your chance to win.

Leave one comment for each entry. will be used to determine the winner based on the number of comments. Contest ends Sept 21st at midnight EST. Winner will be notified by email to the email address provided in the winning comment. See my Giveaway Rules page for further information. Sorry, US residents only for this giveaway.

Disclosure: I was sent the book for review.


  1. 1

    I would love to win this for my son who is trying to be a player.

  2. 2

    Confirmed email subscriber

  3. 3

    Follow you on twitter as mummytotwoboys1

  4. 4

    Follow on BlogLovin as D Schmidt

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