Football School is a book series for 7 to 13-year-olds that I write with Ben Lyttleton.

For more information you can check out the Football School website and our YouTube channel.


The mission of Football School is to open the curriculum through football, in order to to encourage a curiosity about the world and to promote reading. Each book contains real science, true stories and fascinating facts - as well as brilliant illustrations by Spike Gerrell, and hilarious jokes!

Season 1 was runner up in the Blue Peter Book Awards. Season 2 was shortlisted in the Lollies, for funniest non-fiction book of the year.

The subjects covered include:

SEASON 1: The biology of footballers’ poo, the geography of Brazil and why it produces such skilful players, the psychology of penalty taking, the philosophy of Johan Cruyff, the physics of playing football on Mars, and more. BUY

SEASON 2: The biology of footballers’ urine, why footballs are not perfectly round, the origin of the word football, the history of women’s football, how to build a football stadium, gathering football data, the symbolism of crests, and more. BUY

SEASON 3: The biology of the foot, football fashion, the chemistry of pitch markings, the physics of why short dribblers are better than tall ones, the greenest club in the world, a history of Spanish football, why football was invented in Sheffield, and more. BUY

SEASON 4 The science of spitting, the etymology of famous clubs, football in the future, classical music and football, football in extreme places, magic and misdirection, and more. BUY

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Profiles of 50 players - men and women - who have been inspirational on and off the pitch. Includes contemporary players like Harry Kane, Lionel Messi, Lucy Bronze and Megan Rapinoe, as well as legends like Pelé, Bobby Charlton and Lily Parr.

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Test your knowledge of World Cups from 1930 to 2018. All questions are multiple choice.

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Our latest title, the Incredible Joke Book, will be out on November 7.