The Football School Encyclopedia

By Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton

Illustrated by Spike Gerrell

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 and the ideal gift for a young fan.

Categories: Non-Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781529507584
  • Published: 05 Oct 2023
  • Price: £14.99
  • Size: 280 x 210 mm
  • Pages: 144

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Customer reviews


'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.' Lovereading4kids

'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

'This is a really fun book and an easy read. It covers the history of football and the famous people in it, and it also gives an insight into the teams. I must point out how much I loved the look and layout of this book - it isn't just pages upon pages of writing, but more things like timelines and comic strips. It's presented with lots of interesting facts I didn't know about football.' First News

'Packed with facts and stats, this is the ultimate football compendium from the authors of the Football School series… it really has everything a football fan needs for Christmas!”' WRD Magazine

'The Football School Encyclopedia is a gift from the gods for any budding soccer scholar. Dive into this world of football wonder and celebrate the beautiful game like never before!' Preneur World

'This book has lots of fun facts about footballers. Definitely a great book for kids who love football. I learned a lot from the book and I loved how colourful and easy to read it was.' Toppsta reviewer, age 11

'This book has lots of amazing football facts. There are lots of good pages, especially the ones about footballers. There are enough football facts to last a lifetime and will entertain you for hours! I really liked this book because there’s so much for me to learn!' Toppsta Reviewer, age 9

'This book is amazing. I love football and this is the best one for wanting to know everything about football. It has different sections. Its very interesting. Its bright and colourful. My favourite book so far.' Toppsta Reviewer, age 10

'Wow, this book has SO much detail and information in it! It covers everything from the history of football through to the future of football. Along the way there are tons of statistics, facts, illustrations and quizzes to keep any football fan occupied for hours. [...] I honestly can't think of anything that isn't covered by this huge book - if you love football, you'll totally adore this!' Toppsta Reviewer, age 12

'This book is great. Lots of facts, and pretty much everything you need to know about football. The illustrations are really colourful and engaging. A great book overall.' Toppsta Reviewer, age 9

'The Football School Encyclopedia with its comic, cartoon-style illustrations by Spike Gerrell, is going to give you all the football facts you could ever need and probably a few more too!' Armadillo Magazine

'As a guidebook to this football Wonderland, The Football School Encyclopedia from Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton is the perfect gift for any youngster… It’s really easy to see how the young fan will find the book totally engaging and just how easy it will be for them to tuck away a few facts and snippets of football history to impress their friends with.' The Letterpress Project

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