Top 159 Soccer Quotes

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“A few goals is the way soccer is meant to be played.”

― Abby Wambach

“I’m not sure if I’m going to get into coaching. I’m sure I’ll stay in soccer somehow.”

― Abby Wambach

“Soccer players generally burn through all of their carbohydrate stores by halftime, so how are you going to replace those? That’s what we do at halftime.”

― Abby Wambach

“I’ve always wanted to become a professional soccer player.”

― Alex Morgan

“I would just as likely be doing soccer practice as filming commercials.”

― Alyson Hannigan

“I like to play soccer and paintball. I love paintball.”

― Anderson Silva

“I think that soccer is one thing, and money is another thing.”

― Andrea Pirlo

“I like to watch soccer, no matter what teams or players are in the field.”

― Andres Iniesta

“Liberal soccer moms are precisely as likely to receive anthrax in the mail as to develop a capacity for linear thinking.”

― Ann Coulter

“My wish is that soccer in the U.S. become on the same level like the Premier League, Spanish league, or the Bundesliga.”

― Bastian Schweinsteiger

“My dream was always to play soccer.”

― Bastian Schweinsteiger

“I actually got my start playing indoor soccer with the boys, a bunch of boys I played with. We eventually became a club team and then essentially got to the point where I couldn’t be a girl on the boys’ team, so I switched over to JB Marine.”

― Becky Sauerbrunn

“Soccer is an uncomfortable sport. You’re running; you’re getting tackled.”

― Becky Sauerbrunn

“St. Louis has a super-rich history of soccer, so I was very fortunate growing up to have coaches that played.”

― Becky Sauerbrunn

“U.S. Soccer has no justification for paying us as little as they do.”

― Becky Sauerbrunn

“After the ’96 Olympics, we all started believing that this is bigger than we thought, and we were willing to do the work. We knew that it was up to us, the players, to make soccer successful.”

― Brandi Chastain

“I love soccer; I want to be on the field.”

― Brandi Chastain

“I think there are a lot of things that soccer does in the communities that transcend the soccer field.”

― Brandi Chastain

“I was a part of Backyard Soccer, and I hear that I score a lot of goals in it.”

― Brandi Chastain

“To be honest with you, I never looked at soccer as a sacrifice.”

― Brandi Chastain

“I want to be involved in soccer some way.”

― Brian McBride

“It really came down to deciding between baseball and soccer. Soccer won out because I enjoyed it more.”

― Brian McBride

“I’ve played soccer since I was five.”

― Cameron Bright

“Like many kids, I was thrown into recreational soccer in my town, and from there, I grew to love it. Everywhere I went, I carried a soccer ball with me.”

― Carli Lloyd

“I don’t run on the treadmill, because there’s no treadmill moving for you on the soccer field.”

― Carli Lloyd

“I gave up soccer. But I don’t think I can ever stop running.”

― Caster Semenya

“Stanford’s an amazing, amazing school. It was an extraordinary soccer program.”

― Christen Press

“I want soccer to be a stable profession that attracts young female athletes when they graduate from college.”

― Christen Press

“Of course I have other passions and other interests, but soccer’s always my priority.”

― Christen Press

“I’m a little embarrassed to say I’m a little bit of a soccer dad.”

― Christian Laettner

“I have a Pomeranian dog named Nutmeg – a combination of the soccer move and the colour. It’s perfect.”

― Christine Sinclair

“I can shoot a three pointer in basketball, and I can kick a soccer ball.”

― Christopher Mintz-Plasse

“Sure we have skilled players, but the biggest thing might just be that we are so well conditioned and how we can play for 90 minutes at a high tempo which is needed in soccer at an international level.”

― Claudio Reyna

“We didn’t have money put away in the bank for a college fund; soccer was our lottery ticket, our gamble.”

― Clint Dempsey

“In high school, I made the all-city and all-state soccer teams.”

― Clint Smith

“I am a big soccer fan, and a very big Liverpool fan.”

― Clive Owen

“I envied kids who played soccer and football, but that was not my gig.”

― Colson Whitehead

“The aura of soccer is very different from other sports.”

― Dave Checketts

“Soccer is a magical game.”

― David Beckham

“People just assume, over the years, that soccer players are not too intelligent. As with most assumptions, they’re wrong.”

― David Beckham

“I played at the Sainte Maxime Beach Soccer Tournament, which was brilliant fun as usual.”

― David Ginola

“Move with them, be active with them – whether it’s swimming or scooting or bicycling or playing soccer. Engage your child.”

― David Kirsch

“I can be a tennis player, a golf player, and even a soccer player.”

― Deontay Wilder

“How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?”

― Desmond Tutu

“The transition from soccer to fashion was an organic one.”

― Edgar Davids

“I’m attracted to soccer’s capacity for beauty. When well played, the game is a dance with a ball.”

― Eduardo Galeano

“From their castle in Zurich, the owners of soccer do not propose, they impose. That’s their way.”

― Eduardo Galeano

“Soccer is taken extremely seriously in Turkey.”

― Elif Batuman

“I manage a team, for beach soccer. I’m the coach. Player, coach.”

― Eric Cantona

“I didn’t want really to be involved in a normal soccer club.”

― Eric Cantona

“Soccer is my life.”

― Ethan Zohn

“Epic things happen in soccer.”

― Filipe Luis

“I started playing soccer when I was 6 years old and started lifting weights when I was 16, so it’s not like I never exercised.”

― Finn Balor

“If I’d grown up in Sao Paulo, I’m sure I would’ve been a great soccer fan.”

― Frank Deford

“We seem to want one vehicle to carry people and soccer balls and hay bales.”

― Franz von Holzhausen

“I grew up playing soccer with the boys – quite far from reading magazines.”

― Freja Beha Erichsen

“I played soccer, recreationally, in college.”

― Gabriel Luna

“I’d work with soccer coordinators at Game Changing Films and have one or two combat training sessions with my stunt double, who’s a wushu master.”

― Gabriel Luna

“Yes there is a little group of soccer aficionados, but I am not one of them.”

― Gay Talese

“I liked soccer. I played it for two years.”

― Gennady Golovkin

“I have really been disillusioned with soccer in England.”

― George Best

“I love Major League Soccer, covered the first game in 1996 in a funky stadium in San Jose, and I applaud just about every move that its commissioners, Garber and Doug Logan, have made.”

― George Vecsey

“I wanted to be a soccer player.”

― Giannis Antetokounmpo

“My background playing soccer gave me a natural advantage over many of the American-born players.”

― Hakeem Olajuwon

“I don’t just want to focus on soccer, soccer, soccer.”

― Hope Solo

“I’m not a fan of soccer, for sure not.”

― Irina Shayk

“I wanted to be a soccer player. And then I wanted to be a rabbi.”

― Jake Epstein

“I play on a soccer team.”

― Jake Short

“I only try to play good soccer.”

― James Rodriguez

“I would love being the soccer mom.”

― Jamie Lynn Spears

“My constituents include CU Buffs, ski bums, techies, artists, suburban soccer moms, and proud, hard-working Colorado families.”

― Jared Polis

“I’m not as big a soccer fan as people might imagine, being British.”

― Jason Statham

“That’s soccer. There are good games and others that aren’t so much.”

― Javier Hernandez

“By analogy, if we were to develop a soccer team, then we would not invite basketball and volleyball players to the try outs. We would invite soccer players to apply.”

― Jean-Marie Le Pen

“Sometimes women’s soccer can be political.”

― Jessica McDonald

“I’m from Wisconsin, and I love snowboarding, hiking, yoga and soccer.”

― Jessica Szohr

“What soccer and coaching gave me was sort of a stage.”

― Jill Ellis

“My childhood in Adelaide was filled with sport. I played soccer from morning until night.”

― Jimmy Barnes

“I was really into sports, playing track and field, amateur wrestling, volleyball, and soccer. I was a very active kid and teenager.”

― Jinder Mahal

“Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple.”

― Johan Cruyff

“I was a keen sportsman, and became school captain in soccer and cricket.”

― John E. Walker

“Soccer riots kill at most tens. Intellectuals’ ideological riots sometimes kill millions.”

― John McCarthy

“I wanted to be a soccer player. I knew that couldn’t happen.”

― John Oliver

“I don’t really have anything against the French except that, as an American, I’ve been bred to despise them with the same zeal as soccer and Renny Harlin films.”

― John Ridley

“On the playground, I was the type of kid who wanted to sing with the girls, not play soccer with the boys.”

― Josie Totah

“Soccer and ping-pong are my two favorite sports to play.”

― Judah Friedlander

“San Antonio is an ideal market for Major League Soccer. It’s time that we put our best foot forward.”

― Julian Castro

“I’ve written about superheroes. I’ve written about talking ferrets and math geniuses being chased by madmen. I’ve written about spies and demon-hunting soccer moms. I’ve created an entire world that centers around a paranormal judicial system.”

― Julie Kenner

“I don’t watch shows. I watch a lot of sports. Not soccer. I hate soccer.”

― Karolina Pliskova

“I think soccer in America is growing exponentially, and it’s just going to keep getting bigger.”

― Kelley O’Hara

“Soccer is a cruel sport sometimes.”

― Kelley O’Hara

“I have a ton of broken baby hairs in front. It just comes with the territory of being a soccer player.”

― Kelley O’Hara

“I lived in Germany from when I was 6 until I was 10, so, of course, I played soccer. When I came back to the States, nobody played soccer, and none of the schools taught German, so I couldn’t continue to excel in those categories.”

― Kevin Nealon

“Rap is supposed to scare soccer moms.”

― Killer Mike

“My daughter loves horses. My other daughter loves soccer.”

― Kyle Chandler

“I played basketball; I ran track and also played soccer. I think that I am naturally athletic.”

― Kylie Bunbury

“I want kids. I want a soccer team, and I want a husband.”

― Lady Gaga

“I get asked this a lot: Why has soccer not succeeded? My answer is, soccer has succeeded. It is already the fastest growing youth participation sport in the U.S. It has already succeeded at the youth level, no question.”

― Lamar Hunt

“I’m a little skeptical of foreign coaches in our league and in U.S. Soccer just because of how different our league is and our players are than other players around the world.”

― Landon Donovan

“I thought I was a pretty decent soccer player. I’m not.”

― Leah Pipes

“I first got involved in soccer when I was three years old. And I played until I was sixteen, so for thirteen years, and I love it.”

― Leah Pipes

“Britain has bred many great explorers, but they seem to get so little coverage compared to soccer and rugby players.”

― Lewis Gordon Pugh

“I have a lot of guy friends, from martial arts and film, and soccer. I actually barely know women.”

― Lexi Alexander

“I enjoy my family a lot. I have active teenagers, and they’re in soccer and choral events.”

― Linda Sue Park

“What I do is play soccer, which is what I like.”

― Lionel Messi

“Soccer is still my favourite sport.”

― Malcolm Brogdon

“I decided to have a life: to become – pardon the expression – a soccer mom.”

― Marcia Clark

“As a lad growing up in the Fifties and Sixties, I played both Gaelic football and soccer and loved them both.”

― Martin McGuinness

“You can’t die from going to the stadium to see a soccer match.”

― Matteo Salvini

“I guess I was one of the popular kids. I played soccer, I was class president – I even dated the homecoming queen.”

― Matthew Morrison

“I’m a soccer dad at heart. I want five kids, and I want to get married. I want to coach Little League.”

― Mekhi Phifer

“I think soccer kept me off the street.”

― Memphis Depay

“My very first sport was soccer. I used to play in goal, but after I was hit the face with the ball a couple of times, I was done with soccer.”

― Michelle Carter

“I think foosball is a combination of soccer and shish kabobs.”

― Mitch Hedberg

“I joke that one of the rare times Egyptians identify as African is when the national soccer squad is playing in the African Cup of Nations – and preferably winning it.”

― Mona Eltahawy

“I’ve been an athlete my whole life. I’ve played every sport, including soccer, baseball, softball, basketball.”

― Nia Jax

“Soccer may not explain the world or even contain the world. But it makes the world a slightly happier place.”

― Pamela Druckerman

“There’s apparently soccer leagues that they’ve set up with young Indian girls.”

― Parminder Nagra

“I played soccer in the Alps when I was a kid. There was a blizzard that happened. And little local German kids were out there shoveling lines. Keeping it moving.”

― Pat McAfee

“I always think that I would have become an actor if I hadn’t been a soccer player.”

― Pele

“I played soccer for 12 years on three different teams at a time.”

― Portia Doubleday

“No one needs to be reminded of racism in soccer: the xenophobia, the nativism and, yes, nationalism.”

― Rabih Alameddine

“For me, soccer was a dance.”

― Rabih Alameddine

“Homophobia is rampant in soccer, probably more so than in any other sport. I’m not sure why.”

― Rabih Alameddine

“Soccer is the most widely played sport in the U.S.”

― Rabih Alameddine

“A game of soccer induces more than enjoyment, more than entertainment.”

― Rabih Alameddine

“It used to break my heart that I didn’t get to start in varsity soccer!”

― Rachel Platten

“Soccer runs in my blood.”

― Rey Mysterio

“When you talk about Mexican culture, it’s wrestling and soccer.”

― Rey Mysterio

“In soccer, you have to be sly.”

― Rivaldo

“I don’t follow English soccer because it’s become a game for hooligans.”

― Robin Leach

“I’m a rock star because I couldn’t be a soccer star.”

― Rod Stewart

“My heroes were always soccer players.”

― Ronaldinho

“I played varsity soccer at Yale and continued playing at Cambridge.”

― Sarah Parcak

“I’m a runner from sports. I’ve been a runner, but I wasn’t a cross-country runner or anything like that. I played a lot of soccer growing up.”

― Scott Bakula

“I used to go to fights in Japan, mega shows at soccer stadiums. They would have all kinds of martial arts fights in one night.”

― Scott Coker

“I went to my first college to play soccer.”

― Sean Durkin

“What I learned from directing, I learned from soccer, where it’s like a coach-player relationship.”

― Sean Durkin

“Every time some spoiled European soccer millionaire complains about the blaring vuvuzelas, I want them to blare louder.”

― Serge Schmemann

“I wasn’t a competitor. I would play outside with my friends, but not really anything like ballet or soccer. I tried to play soccer, and it went badly.”

― Sibel Kekilli

“I started playing with my dad, and then I started going to soccer schools in Sunderland and managed to get scouted from there.”

― Steph Houghton

“Kung fu and soccer are the two things that I was most interested in as a child.”

― Stephen Chow

“I like documentaries; I watch the Soccer Channel; I like the Military Channel.”

― Steve Jones

“My father was a soccer player. All my friends played basketball though, so I stuck with basketball.”

― Steve Nash

“Soccer was actually my first love, but eventually, basketball took that over.”

― Sue Bird

“I was on the math team, and I was on the soccer team.”

― Sydney Sweeney

“Soccer is one of those sports that pulls in a universal audience in terms of demographics.”

― Tanc Sade

“People have to pay a lot of money to play soccer here.”

― Thomas Dooley

“What we are missing over here is the life of soccer.”

― Thomas Dooley

“Soccer’s not a game that you can restrict players, especially creative players and players who have proven themselves at that level.”

― Tiffeny Milbrett

“I wanted to be a soccer player; I wanted to do it at the highest level.”

― Tim Howard

“In July 2011, U.S. Soccer announced that they’d fired Bob Bradley and hired Jurgen Klinsmann as head coach. Jurgen had once been a world-class German striker; now he was regarded as a successful, if controversial, coach.”

― Tim Howard

“I grew up in a generation when there was no soccer on TV.”

― Tim Howard

“Putting soccer aside, N.Y.C. is just one of those cities that builds people.”

― Timothy Weah

“I’d grown up an athletic child, a competitive soccer player since age 4, with stints ranging from months to years in gymnastics, softball, volleyball.”

― V. E. Schwab

“I love soccer.”

― Vladimir Putin

“I played English football – soccer – instead of American football, because we couldn’t afford the equipment.”

― Wally Schirra

“I grew up playing soccer and always loved playing it.”

― Wes Welker

“When I was ten, I wrote an essay on what I would be when I grew up and said I would be a professional soccer player and a comedian in off season.”

― Will Ferrell
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