Soccer quotes for coaches, parents, players, and fans can be fun and inspiring to read. Maybe you’re a coach trying to find the right words to inspire your soccer team.
These quotes can serve as great motivation to fans, athletes, and coaches of all ages. Even if the beautiful game isn’t your favorite sport, you’ll get a kick out of these sayings.
Excellent Soccer Quotations for Teams
1.) Up to five goals is journalism. After that, it becomes statistics.
2.) Whatever brings you down will eventually make you stronger.
3.) Raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.
4.) I don’t believe skill was, or ever will be, the result of coaches. It is the result of a love affair between the child and the ball.
Roy Maurice Keane
5.) Concerning football playing, I protest to you it may rather be called a friendly kind of fighting rather than recreation.
6.) I get a kick out of this game.
7.) Why is there only one ball for 22 players? If you gave a ball to each of them, they’d stop fighting for it.
8.) Five days shalt thou labor, as the Bible says. The seventh day is the Lord thy God’s. The sixth day is for football.
9.) To watch people push themselves further than they think they can, it’s a beautiful thing.
10.) Excuses are like losses. Everybody has them except the champions.
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11.) Ally MacLeod thinks that tactics are a new kind of mint.
12.) I think foosball is a combination of soccer and shish kabobs.
13.) Foosball screwed up my perception of soccer. I thought you had to kick the ball and then spin around and around. I can’t do a backflip, much less several simultaneously with two other guys.
14.) That was in the past. We’re in the future now.
15.) It’s impossible to make a bad pass when you don’t pass.
16.) Alex Ferguson is the best manager I’ve ever had at this level. Well, he’s the only manager I’ve actually had at this level. But he’s the best manager I’ve ever had.
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17.) Soccer is not about justice. It’s a drama, and criminally wrong decisions against you are part and parcel of that.
18.) Practice as you’ve never won; perform as you’ve never lost.
19.) Most of us are in this more than just for playing soccer. We’re in it for the bigger goal — to move it along for the next generation.
20.) The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching.
21.) Those who say it can’t be done shouldn’t interfere with those who are doing it.
22.) To the aesthete, it is an art form, an athletic ballet. To the spiritually inclined, it is a religion.
23.) The goalkeeper is the jewel in the crown, and getting at him should be almost impossible. It’s the biggest sin in football to make him do any work.
24.) Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.
25.) If you’re not sweating, you’re not working hard enough.
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26.) I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.
27.) I worked on my weaknesses and made them my strengths.
28.) Many people say I’m the best women’s soccer player in the world. I don’t think so. And because of that, someday, I just might be.
29.) A goalkeeper can’t win a game; she can only save it.
30.) Life is full of regrets, but it doesn’t pay to look back.
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31.) Football is the opera of the people.
32.) Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
33.) All good athletes make mistakes; the great ones learn to make that mistake only once.
34.) I think football would become an even better game if someone could invent a ball that kicks back.
35.) In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigor and precision.
36.) Becoming a footballer is only the first half of the silent prayer a kid offers up to the sky or confides to his teacher in a primary school essay. The second part is the name of the team he wants to play for.
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37.) If we score, we might win. If they never score, we can’t lose.
38.) Soccer is a game in which everyone does a lot of running around. Twenty-one guys stand around, and one guy does a tap dance with the ball.
39.) We all fail; the key is knowing how to rise.
40.) Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.
41.) To say that these men paid their shillings to watch twenty-two hirelings kick a ball is merely to say that a violin is wood and catgut, that Hamlet is so much paper and ink.
42.) Every time I went away, I was deceiving my mum. I’d tell her I was going to school, but I’d be out on the street playing football. I always had a ball on my feet.
43.) If you’re attacking, you don’t get as tired as when you’re chasing.
Kyle Rote, Jr.
44.) Life is like soccer. You need goals.
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45.) If this can be termed the century of the common man, then soccer, of all sports, is surely his game. In a world haunted by hydrogen and napalm bomb, a football field is a place where sanity and hope are still left unmolested.
46.) In football, everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.
47.) A champion is someone who does not settle for that day’s practice, that day’s competition, that day’s performance. They are always striving to be better. They don’t live in the past.
48.) Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.
49.) In Latin America, the border between soccer and politics is vague. There is a long list of governments that have fallen or been overthrown after the defeat of the national team.
50.) Other countries have their history. Uruguay has its football.
51.) If I walked on water, my accusers would say it is because I can’t swim.
52.) The rules of soccer are very simple; basically, it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn’t move, kick it until it does.
53.) You’ve got to believe you’re going to win, and I believe we’ll win the World Cup until the final whistle blows and we’re knocked out.
54.) The World Cup is a very important way to measure the good players, and the great ones. It is a test of a great player.
55.) The World Cup is not just a great global sporting event, it is also inscribed with much deeper cultural and political importance.
56.) I will be a World Cup winner.
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57.) You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.
58.) The secret is to believe in your dreams; in your potential that you can be like your star, keep searching, keep believing and don’t lose faith in yourself.
59.) I’m attracted to soccer’s capacity for beauty. When well played, the game is a dance with a ball.
60.) When people succeed, it is because of hard work. Luck has nothing to do with success.
61.) Every single day I woke up and commit to myself to become a better player.
62.) You have to show up in the World Cup, and in the World Cup anything can happen.
63.) I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team; I defer to it and sacrifice for it because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.
64.) To be the ultimate team, you must use your body and your mind. Draw up on the resources of your teammates. Remember, only teams succeed.
65.) Our country has been through difficult experiences in terms of unity. Sport — football in particular — has the power to help that. It is a special feeling.
66.) If you’re in the penalty area and don’t know what to do with the ball, put it in the net and we’ll discuss the options later.
67.) Young players need freedom of expression to develop as creative players. They should be encouraged to try skills without fear of failure.
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68.) Maybe they hate me because I’m too good.
69.) It is my conviction that there are no limits to learning, and that it can never stop, no matter what our age.
70.) I just hate losing and that gives you an extra determination to work harder.
71.) I took a whack on my left ankle, but something told me it was my right.
72.) A penalty is a cowardly way to score.
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73.) I’m living a dream I never want to wake up from.
74.) What I do is play soccer, which is what I like.
75.) There is no pressure when you are making a dream come true.
76.) When good soccer happens, I give thanks for the miracle and I don’t give a damn which team or country performs it.
77.) I don’t have time for hobbies. At the end of the day, I treat my job as a hobby. It’s something I love doing.
78.) Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.
79.) In football, the result is an impostor. You can do things really, really well but not win. There’s something greater than the result, more lasting — a legacy.
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80.) The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is watching.
81.) I worked on my weaknesses and made them my strengths.
82.) I am not a perfectionist, but I like to feel that things are done well. More important than that, I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve, not only to please the coach and the fans but also to feel satisfied with myself.
83.) I once cried because I had no shoes to play soccer, but one day, I met a man who had no feet.
84.) Good soccer players need not be titans sculpted by Michelangelo. In soccer, ability is much more important than shape, and in many cases, skill is the art of turning limitations into virtues.
85.) Don’t be scared to be ambitious. It’s not a humiliation to have a high target and to fail. The real humiliation is to have a target and not to give everything to reach it.
86.) All good athletes make mistakes; the great ones learn to make that mistake only once.
87.) You owe it to yourself to be the best you can be.
88.) For sports players who want to be champions, the mind can be as important, if not more important, than any other part of the body.
89.) You can overcome anything if, and only if, you love something enough.
90.) I’ve never scored a goal in my life without getting a pass from someone else.
Hard Work Quotes
92.) I will forgive if the players cannot get it right, but not if they do not try hard.
93.) Nobody has enough talent to live on talent alone. Even when you have talent, a life without work goes nowhere.
94.) I always felt that our triumphs were an expression of the constant application of discipline. Once you bid farewell to discipline you say goodbye to success.
Sir Alex Ferguson
95.) My coach said I run like a girl, and I said if he ran a little faster he could too.
96.) Life is like soccer, you need goals.
97.) Everything is practice.
98.) Play with you heart not just your feet.
99.) I just want people to see me as a hard-working footballer and someone who is passionate about the game.
100.) Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.
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