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It’s a Numbers Game! Soccer Reveals How Simple Math

and Numbers Can Improve Your Game

Interview with James Buckley, Jr.

Have you ever wondered how to improve your dribble? Change the angle of your foot!

How can the goalie better protect their net? Use a basic geometry equation!

Equipped with an enlightening foreword by US Women’s National Team soccer star Alex Morgan, National Geographic and ESPN are building upon their popular It’s a Numbers Game! series with a new resource that will get the hearts and minds of every young soccer star pumping!

Whether you call it soccer or football, “the beautiful game” wouldn’t be the popular sport it is today without numbers. Within the action-packed pages of It’s A Numbers Game! Soccer: The Math Behind the Perfect Goal, the Game-Winning Save, and So Much More! by James Buckley, Jr., kids will read about the many ways that digits and math are part of the exciting game, and will uncover how simple equations can help them to improve upon their very own skills.

Along the way, soccer lovers will read about many soccer greats, such as Mia Hamm, Lionel Messi, and Abby Wambach, and will use math to rack up their total number of goals, championship wins, and Olympic medals. They will even find cool graphics that show the probability that a goalie will be able to stop a penalty kick!

Join James Buckley, Jr. on Thursday, December 3 as he can answer and discuss:

Why soccer (or football for the rest of the world) is such a popular sport
How math factors into “the beautiful game”
How this book will appeal to both the dedicated soccer player and the casual fan
Some of the sports trivia and fun activities loaded in every chapter

BIO: JAMES BUCKLEY is the author of more than 200 books for young readers on basketball, baseball, football, soccer, and more. A former editor at Sports Illustrated and NFL Publishing, he is also the author of the top-selling annual Scholastic Year in Sports. In the nonsports world, he has written a dozen titles in the New York Times best-selling Who Was…? biography series. He lives in Santa Barbara, where he runs the Shoreline Publishing Group, a leading producer of nonfiction for kids. He has also played soccer regularly since he was a kid, though he’s not as good as Alex Morgan.

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