My New Best Friend – Soccer for Dummies, 2nd Edition

by Carrie with Children with 7 comments

My husband grew up playing soccer as a kid. From youth leagues, to school teams to teams that traveled the Southeast playing in tournaments – my husband *knows* soccer.

Over the past few months, Maggie has shown a great interest in wanting to play soccer – my husband is ecstatic! They went out and bought a practice soccer ball and goal and they’ve been practicing daily in the front yard.

Maggie Practicing Soccer

And here’s where I come in with my little secret…  I don’t know anything about soccer. In a few months, I’ll be wearing a new label – “soccer mom” and the only thing I know is that you can’t use your hands.  Besides that rule – I’m totally lost.

Soccer for Dummies, 2nd Edition is my new best friend.

Soccer for Dummies Book

This latest edition written by Tom Dunmore and Scott Murray has been a huge help in learning the specifics of the game. There is an entire chapter on the roles of each player and exactly what each position means and I’ve even learned about the gear and equipment we need for Maggie’s upcoming games.

The history lover in me also enjoyed reading about the story behind the game – where it came from and its origins.  As a total rookie, this book speaks me language – it’s not over my head with fancy terminology and it’s not overwhelming.

Maggie Practicing Soccer with Net

The role of soccer mom is a brand new adventure for me and I’m excited about it.  I’m especially excited for Maggie as she’s really looking forward to playing a team sport with her friends!

And you can count on me to be there at every game with my Soccer for Dummies book just within my reach!

 Are you a soccer mom?  What tips do you have for me?


** I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.  Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own… especially the part about me being a total soccer newbie. **


  • Shannon (The Mommy-Files)

    This sounds like such a great book! My kids love to play soccer and I think this would definitely be a good one to have!

    • Carrie with Children

      It’s a really great book for newbies like me and a great reference book for “veterans” too!

  • Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy

    We have been playing soccer for years. The best advice I have is to get them used to running. Also practice, practice, practice.

    I love Dummies books!!

  • Jennifer Medeiros

    I love this entire series, so well written and easy to understand!

  • Felissa (Two Little Cavaliers)

    Looks like your little one is happy just doing her thing. No tips for you though. I played soccer in Kindergarten on an all boys team they didn’t like my friend and I much as the only girls on the team. But we went out and had fun anyway.

  • Willie McLaren

    Oh I am so excited about Maggie playing soccer. What a fun sport to watch…especially little ones. My only advice on these games is that the rules change depending on the age group unlike when their father played soccer. When they start, they play 4-on-4 with the coaches as the refs, and it grows from there. Let me know the schedule. I love being a soccer Nana!