Beyond the Net might seem like a funny title for a book about soccer, but when you think about it, soccer is about much more than scoring goals. It is about how a team works together for a common objective. This is a book that invites you to read about the private times in a soccer player s life that very few people have ever heard about.
Each player in this book has a unique story, a story that he or she has offered to share, because each player was once your age. They remember how it was growing up, and all of the players in this book would like to give you the gift of their knowledge. Some of the stories are funny, some are inspiring and some are somber, but each story is important. These are the stories in their own words, of how these professional and elite soccer players followed their dreams.
This book has the stories of eleven players, just like there are eleven players on the field. Each player has a key characteristic that describes him or her, that helped each become all he or she could be. Each player s characteristic can be summed up in a word, and that word is the name of the player s chapter.
Because soccer has many words that are not common in everyday English, there is a glossary in the back that explains terms that might not be familiar to you. At the end of the book there is a fun quiz to see how much you have learned about each player. Throughout the book there are random facts about soccer, because random is fun!
There are players in this book who are superstars on the field. There are players who are the supporting cast and there are players who you might not know, but who are well known in other countries. That is the beauty of soccer. it is a game played all over the world, from professional stadiums to a kid s backyard. It s a game of teamwork and every person on the team is integral to the team s success. So whether you are a superstar or a supporting member of the team, always remember that you are important. Without you, your team would not be complete.
The players who told me these stories shared moments of their lives that are personal to them. They each have a message. So find a quiet, comfy place to read and discover the worlds that lie Beyond the Net.