17 Soccer Romance Books to Cure World Cup Fever

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When World Cup fever hits and you are in need of soccer romance books to give you the antidote, we have you covered. Keep on reading to find romance books about male and female soccer players. Professionals and aspiring. You’re bound to find something right for your mood.

World Cup Fever: Soccer Romance Books

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Soccer Romance Books

Every four years my regular life comes to a stop and hours of time get invested into watching the World Cup.  It’s been a tradition in my Italian household since forever.  I can vividly remember screaming at the TV with my dad back in 1994 when Roberto Baggio missed his penalty in the final match.  Or the joy when Italy finally won again back in 2006 and Mauro Camoranesi cut his ponytail right on the field after.  Lets not talk about the fact that the Italy team didn’t even qualify this year, because that’s a rant for another day. Some of my first celebrity crushes were Italian soccer players (I’m thinking about you, Fabio Cannavaro). 

So it was really no surprise that I would seek out soccer romance books to read!  I’ve put together a list of soccer romance books for you today, so that you can feed your World Cup Fever.

The Player by Claire Contreras

available on kindle unlimited

LATINA HEROINE, SET IN NYC, OPPOSITES ATTRACT

This is a standalone novel set in NYC mostly and features a fiery Latin heroine who has no clue who the hot guy chasing after her is because she doesn’t really follow soccer.  Warren is determined to get Camila to pay attention to him so he agrees to see New York on her budget.

I’m naturally gifted on the field and between the sheets. With flashy cars and enough media attention to put the Royal Family to shame, I’m the definition of Most Eligible Bachelor.
Every man wants to be me and every woman wants to tame me.
Until Camila.
The moment I lay eyes on her, I know I have to have her.

She wants to keep me at arm’s length.
I want her naked in my bed.
She thinks our worlds are too different.
All I want her to think about is screaming my name.
She says I’m bad news.
I have three weeks to prove her wrong.

Everything for You by Chloe Liese

Everything for You by Chloe Liese

age gap, childhood crush, grumpy/sunshine, m/m

Grumpy soccer star meets his match in the new young star of the team who happens to have had a huge crush on him since forever. Oh and they happen to live next door to each other.

Gear up for an all-the-feels, steamy slow-burn in this enemies-to-lovers sports romance about fighting for love when life’s taught you it’s a losing game.

Gavin

We’ve been teammates for two years, but it feels like a lifetime that Oliver Bergman’s been on my last nerve. A demanding captain and veteran player, I’m feared and friendless, while he’s the beloved rising star, all sunshine smiles and upbeat team spirit. To make matters worse, he’s obscenely attractive. In short: he’s genetically designed to get under my skin.

Avoiding Oliver has been my survival tactic on and off the field. But when Coach drops the bomb that we’re now co-captains, avoiding him becomes impossible, and keeping the truth from him–let alone my distance–is harder than ever.

Oliver

Life was great until soccer legend Gavin Hayes joined the team and proved he’s nothing like the guy I grew up idolizing. Instead, he’s a giant–albeit gorgeous–grump who lives to rain on my parade. I’ve sworn off pranks since entering the public eye, so rather than settle our differences the Bergman way, I’ve had to settle for killing Gavin with kindness. There’s just one problem: killing him with kindness is killing me.

To make matters worse, Coach gives us an ultimatum: put an end to our enmity or say goodbye to being captains. I’m prepared to be miserable while we meet her demands and make nice, but the last thing I expect is to discover an explosive attraction we can’t help but act on, and worse yet, to realize the man hiding beneath Gavin’s gruff exterior is all I’ve ever wanted.

Everything for You is a grumpy-sunshine, enemies-to-lovers, age gap sports romance about an upbeat rising soccer star with anxiety and his curmudgeonly veteran teammate who lives with chronic pain. Complete with nosy senior citizens, nosier siblings, and a meddling coach, this standalone slow burn is the fifth in a series of novels about a Swedish-American family of five brothers, two sisters, and their wild adventures as they each find happily ever after.

Kulti by Mariana Zapata

available on kindle unlimited

age gap, female soccer star falls for star coach

You could call this a student teacher romance because Kulti, the big time soccer player, is coming to coach Sal’s team for the season.  But this is more than a hot for coach story.  Kulti is Sal’s idol from ever since she can remember.  Idol worship level.  If you like your heroes a bit on the jerk side, you’ll eat this stuff up.  This is a standalone novel and I love the fact that the active soccer player is the heroine.

“Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.”

When the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to.

It didn’t take a week for twenty-seven-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon—why she’d ever had his posters on her wall, or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.

Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man that hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been.

Nothing could have prepared her for the man she got to know.

Or the murderous urges he brought out in her.

This was going to be the longest season of her life.

The Forbidden Man by Karina Halle

The Forbidden Man by Karina Halle

available on kindle unlimited

age gap, younger hero, forbidden romance

She’s divorced, forty, and the new therapist of the Madrid team. He’s the twenty three year old soccer star that can’t resist their chemistry. The hero of Love, in English (see farther down the list) makes a cameo appearance in case you want to read that one first.

A reckless and irresistible soccer star. A forbidden affair that could ruin her career. The locker room has never been this steamy.

Starting over was her only option.

Forty-years old and still reeling from a public and painful divorce, Thalia Blackwood is looking for a fresh start, somewhere far away from her upside down life. When she’s offered a new job as the sports therapist for a football (soccer) team, she jumps at the chance. This is just what she needs to leave the heartbreak and shame of Manchester behind, trading it in for the warmth and hopeful vibrancy of Madrid.

He was her only desire.

Alejo Albarado is rising up the ranks in his career. As the charming forward for the Real Madrid team, Alejo’s life revolves around women, parties, and being a tabloid darling, that is until the new sports therapist joins the team.

Their passion could not be ignored.

What starts out as a strictly professional relationship between Thalia and the young Spanish player, slowly evolves into something more. Much more.

Their relationship was forbidden.

But their combustible chemistry and simmering sexual tension can only go so far–should Thalia give into Alejo’s advances, she’s at risk of not only losing her job, but succumbing to a younger man will drag her through the spotlight again.

Alejo might be worth that risk.

Unless he breaks her heart in the process.

The Forbidden Man is a full-length standalone romance. Characters from Love, in English make a cameo in this book, however The Forbidden Man is intended to be read as a STANDALONE and was previously titled The Younger Man.

Harris Brothers series by Amy Daws

available on kindle unlimited

BAD BOY BROTHERS OF ENGLANDS’ SOCCER WORLD

This series features the bad boys and manwhores of Manchester United as they find the women that bring them to their knees. Did we mention they are brothers? Why settle for a standalone when you can sink your teeth into a full series about soccer stars?  Challenge is the first book in a soccer romance series about the Harris brothers. If you love reading about sports/athlete families, then you won’t want to pass this one up.  Plus there’s quite a bit of humor in this one!

From Book 1: He’s her patient. She’s his doctor. They shouldn’t. But God, do they want to.

Camden Harris, the famously hot, hulk of a footballer is laid up in a London hospital. But his busted knee doesn’t stop him from running his well-practiced game on Indie Porter—his redheaded spitfire of a doctor. She’s not his type, not even close. But she could be the perfect distraction from the soul-crushing damage this injury could cost him.

Indie’s tired of her naivety putting a target on her back. As a gifted child, she’s let her education take the front seat her whole life. But a fling with a footballer like Camden might be just what she needs to grab life by the balls.

And he could be the perfect guy for the plan she’s been sitting on for over two years.

But when feelings make a final play, there’s no amount of medicine that can heal the damage to their hearts.

For the Win by Sara Rider

enemies to lovers, both main characters professional soccer players

If what you’re looking for is to immerse yourself in the sport, Sara Rider is your choice.  I only read this first book but with both main characters in this one being professional soccer players and playing at the same stadium, you’ll get no shortage of game talk.  But don’t get scared, is just the perfect balance.  The pacing is great, the romance and chemistry are sizzling.  Definitely a sports series that should be on your list.

What happens when you fall for your biggest competition? Sara Rider scores with this charming romance about soccer stars battling their tough opponents and playing the field of love.

Lainey Lukas has sacrificed everything—sleep, family, carbs, a life—to earn her spot as the top player and captain of the Seattle Falcons women’s soccer team. She’s determined to lead her team to a national championship and finally earn the sport the respect it deserves—and nothing will throw her off her game. When Lainey’s hero Gabe Havelak, star of the Seattle Surge, crashes her team’s first press conference—making the Falcons look like a joke to the local media and humiliating Lainey in the process—she’s hell-bent on revenge.

The hero

Charming, confident Gabe is practically a god to Seattle soccer fans, but he doesn’t mind a little friendly competition from tough-as-nails Lainey, with her top-notch athletic skills, her mile-long legs, and her girl-next-door freckles. But when he learns the Falcons are booting the Surge from their coveted practice space to the notoriously cursed Cricket Field, those warm feelings give way to crippling superstition. With his contract up for renewal and his thirty-fourth birthday just weeks away, Gabe will risk anything to protect his position with the Surge.

The rivals agree to settle their differences in a Battle of the Sexes competition—a test of skills, fitness, and willpower. At first the situation seems win-win: Gabe gets the chance to earn back the Surge’s practice space, and Lainey’s team will finally get some much-deserved media attention. But as the friction between them becomes hot enough to spark and smolder, Lainey and Gabe are entering new territory—and with both of their careers on the line, love might just be the toughest opponent of all.

Rock Bottom Girl by Lucy Score

available on kindle unlimited

fake relationship, high school coaches, romantic comedy

While this one may not feature a sexy soccer player, it does involve soccer so we thought it deserve a spot on the list. The heroine gets a position as the soccer coach for the high school girls team and she ends up in a fake relationship with the track coach and dog dad.

“You may be faking the relationship, but you’re not faking the orgasms.”

Downsized, broke, and dumped, 38-year-old Marley sneaks home to her childhood bedroom in the town she couldn’t wait to escape twenty years ago. Not much has changed in Culpepper. The cool kids are still cool. Now they just own car dealerships and live in McMansions next door. Oh, and the whole town is still talking about that Homecoming she ruined her senior year.

Desperate for a new start, Marley accepts a temporary teaching position. Can the girl banned from all future Culpepper High Homecomings keep the losing-est girls soccer team in school history from killing each other and prevent carpal tunnel in a bunch of phone-clutching gym class students?

Maybe with the help of Jake Weston, high school bad boy turned sexy good guy. When the school rumor mill sends Marley to the principal’s office to sign an ethics contract, the tattooed track coach, dog dad, and teacher of the year becomes her new fake boyfriend and alibi—for a price. The Deal: He’ll teach her how to coach if she teaches him how to be in a relationship.

Who knew a fake boyfriend could deliver such real orgasms? But it’s all temporary. The guy. The job. The team. There’s too much history. Rock bottom can’t turn into a foundation for happily ever after. Can it?

Warning: Story also includes a meet-puke, a bouffanted nemesis, a yard swan and donkey basketball, a teenage-orchestrated makeover, and a fake relationship that gets a little too real between the sheets.

Rogue Academy by Carrie Aarons

available on kindle unlimited

dive into british football world

The perfect new adult sports romance series to dive into the world of British football.

From Book 1: They call him the second coming.
Of honor for British football, of God in an athlete’s body, of every English woman’s fantasy.

Jude Davies is my country’s prodigy on the pitch. More famous than the nobility in Buckingham Palace, he and his merry band of scoundrels rule the Rogue Football Academy and the London nightlife scene alike.

And now, he’s aiming his well-honed set of skills directly at me. His devilish charm is lethal, but with the tragic hand life has dealt me, distractions like him aren’t an option.

Plus, we’re only playing a game. One of convenience, where he needs me to save his reputation, and I need his money to save the one person I love.

Until he wraps me around that immoral finger, until I crave that reckless, wild high he provides, until I hope for a future that will never happen.

That’s the thing about going toe-to-toe with the next football legend. He’s faster, stronger, and will destroy me every time.

The Setup by Meghan Quinn

available on kindle unlimited

female soccer player falls for hot baseball player

Setup by his mom before going back to college. He’s a baseball player and she plays soccer and turns his life upside down.

I’ve fallen victim to a heinous act. An act so vile, so downright dirty, that I’m not sure as a twenty-year-old man I’ll ever recover.

Brace yourself, because what I’m about to tell you might have you gasping in secondhand horror. Ready?

Here it goes . . . I’ve recently become the pawn of a meddling mom. Yes . . . A MEDDLING MOM–who’s been trying to set me up all summer.

Now, I understand it’s not a crime for a mother to want her child to fall in love, but when she makes it her relentless MISSION, the heinous act should be classified as a misdemeanor at least. Of course, my mom, the evil matriarch in the devil’s leggings, made her final stab at finding a girl for me days before I went back to college. And I hate to admit it, but she saved a doozy for last.

A titan in black skinny jeans. A boss of nonchalance. And a girl who would not only turn my life upside down, but do it while juggling a soccer ball, looking effortlessly gorgeous around campus, and is one hundred percent against relationships. Of any sort. Thanks, Mom.

Hard to Hold by K. Bromberg

available on kindle unlimited

beauty queen and british footballer

Bearded, tattooed British football star life is filled with scandal. Former beauty queen has to prove herself to her family by recruiting him to stay in the States.

New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg, is back with a heartfelt, standalone romance and a new hero to steal your heart . . .

The contract with Major League Soccer was supposed to help repair my damaged reputation.

Then I discovered that I’d made a deal with the devil: the player I’m supposed to recruit is none other than the bad boy, star Premier League footballer, Rush McKenzie.

British. Tattooed. Sexy. A man currently at the center of a huge scandal.

The goal? To convince him to stay in the States.

But what’s wrong with a little fun in the meantime? No strings. No sweet nothings. Just a way to pass the time while we’re both struggling to prove our true selves to the world.

If someone found out our relationship was anything more than professional, it would only serve to prove all our critics right.

I never should have agreed to take the fall.

But I did and I’m a man of my word.

Even if it means risking everything I’ve worked for.

The only bright side is Lennox Kincade.

Gorgeous. Defiant. Rumor-tainted. Totally off-limits.

Sharing a house with the gorgeous sports agent should have been a fun distraction from the turmoil. Someone to help pass the time while the tensions back home die down.

But what started as nothing, ends up as something I never saw coming.

Sweet on the Greek by Talia Hibbert

fake dating, curvy heroine, billionaire soccer player

She’s sworn off relationships and he’s a playboy. But one look at Aria and Nik is a goner! Interracial romance, Black British heroine and Greek bisexual hero.

This soccer star is determined to win… his woman’s heart.

For millionaire footballer Nikolas Christou, one look is all it takes. The minute he sees Aria Granger, he’s a goner. Playboy Nik knows lust—intimately—but his need for Aria goes far beyond that. Of course, the plus-sized beauty isn’t interested in romance… but Nik isn’t interested in giving up.

Aria Granger has sworn off relationships for her own good. After all, her ex nearly murdered her best friend, so clearly her taste is questionable. When charming, gorgeous Nik bounds into her life, Aria can’t decide if he’s as innocent as he seems… or if her bullsh*t-ometer is broken.

The super-sweet sports star claims he needs a fake girlfriend to protect him from ‘misunderstandings’. And Aria, with her tattoos, piercings and dangerous scowl, fits the bill. But there’s no way a guy as handsome as Nik can be that bad at handling relationships. Can he?

Sweet on the Greek is red-hot, interracial romance featuring insta-lust and a guaranteed HEA – with NO cliffhanger and NO cheating. It stars a curvy, Black British heroine and a Greek, bisexual hero.

The Striker’s Chance by Rebecca Crowley

FIXING HIS REPUTATION IS HER JOB

Party boy and football player. His career is derailed after a car accident. She’s tasked with fixing his reputation.

Landing the PR contract for North Carolina’s new soccer team could take Holly Taylor’s career to the next level. Her task? Make Kepler “Killer” de Klerk, an athlete with a party-hard reputation, a star. But revamping the sexy footballer’s image while battling her unwanted attraction to him is easier said than done.

The car accident that derailed Kepler’s European career also gave him some much-needed perspective. He’s ready to give up on fame and focus on the game he loves. The last thing he needs is a headstrong brunette pushing him back into the spotlight, even if butting heads with her is the most fun he’s had in ages.

The more time Holly spends with Kepler, the more she sees how different he is from his tabloid persona. But when she’s offered her dream job for a price, she finds herself torn between the career she’s spent years building and the man she doesn’t want to give up.

One Good Man by Emma Scott

CALIFORNIA JOURNALIST MEETS HOT SHOT FRENCH SOCCER STAR

A short novella set in 1970 with all the charm you expect of a book set in Paris and a great pairing where opposites attract. (Currently available only on paperback, not ebook)

It’s spring, 1970. The Vietnam War has been raging for years with no end in sight. Janey Martin, a California college student and aspiring journalist is tired of writing puff pieces about her university men’s sports teams. She wants to be taken seriously as a journalist and as a woman. With riots at their doorstep, her wealthy father sends Janey to the Sorbonne in Paris to finish her college education away from the chaos. Janey is reluctant to leave the Big Story that is Vietnam, but vows to prove herself.

Much to her dismay, her first assignment is to interview the hotshot star forward of a local soccer team. Janey is sure Adrien Rousseau is going to be like every other playboy jock she’s ever dealt with, but quickly learns there is much more to Adrien than meets the eye. The mysterious, sexy footballer just might be the biggest story of Janey’s life. First published as part of the Team Player anthology, now releasing as a standalone with a bonus, extended epilogue.

Love, in English by Karina Halle

Love, in English by Karina Halle

available on kindle unlimited

age gap, forbidden romance, ex soccer player

I figured why not stretch it a bit.  This one isn’t soccer centered but the hero is an ex pro soccer player, so I had to mention it here. Plus he’s a Spaniard!  And yes, he’s also married with children and falling in love with someone else.  I really enjoyed this story with a little of taboo.

He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three.
He speaks Spanish. I speak English.
He lives in Spain. I live in Canada.
He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m covered in tattoos.
He’s married and has a five-year old daughter.
I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or anything.
Until now. Because when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the damn truth.

A contemporary romance about the ultimate forbidden love story, from the NYT bestselling author of The Pact and Before I Ever Met You.

To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.

Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Spanish charm. Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship changes from purely platonic to something…more.

Something that makes Vera feel alive for the first time.
Something that can never, ever be.
Or so she thinks.

Lessons in Losing It by Jessica Peterson

study abroad, set in madrid

Another new adult soccer romance. Sexy American student meets soccer player in Madrid.

I swore I’d keep things friendly with the studly soccer player I met in Madrid…until we ended up naked together on his living room floor #Screwed #PunIntended

Just friends…
That’s all I want to be with Rachel Collins, the sexy American student I meet at a party in my adopted hometown of Madrid. I’m looking for the real deal—someone who’ll stick around Spain for more than a semester—so I resolve to keep her at arm’s length. Even if she is gorgeous as hell. Smart. And as crazy about sports as I am.

But friends don’t kiss. They don’t do sleepovers. And they definitely don’t get rug burn from having the best sex ever on the living room carpet.

RACHEL
Our connection is instant. Intense. Fredrik has become the best friend I’ve ever had. The fact that he loves to cook breakfast for me is a plus. Especially when he cooks wearing nothing but his glasses.

But I’ve got my dream internship waiting for me back in the states. And Fredrik is lining up a contract worth millions to stay in Madrid. We’re playing with fire to keep seeing each other like this. But how can we resist when the sex is so great—really, really freaking great—and the fun we have together is even better?

LESSONS IN LOSING IT is a STANDALONE romance in the STUDY ABROAD series. The books in this series are complete standalones with interconnected characters, and can be read in any order.

Offside by Shay Savage

available on kindle unlimited

high school soccer star falls for the new girl

Looking for a soccer romance set in high school? Check out this standalone by Shay Savage.

I have to be the best, I am the best. I’m quick, strong, smart. I’m the star keeper of my high school soccer team, and I’ve got major leagues scouting me. As their captain, my teammates will do anything I say – on or off the field. Girls practically beg to be added to my list of conquests. As long as I manage to go pro for the best team in the world, I won’t have to worry about my father’s wrath.

I’m Thomas Malone, and I’ve seen to it that the world revolves around me.

There’s a new girl at school, and it’s just a matter of time before she gives in to my charm. This one’s just a little more stubborn than most – she won’t even tell me her name! She’s smart, too. Maybe too smart. I can’t let her in, can’t let anybody in. I’m not too worried, but even I have to admit she’s interfering with my focus on the goal.

Dad’s not going to be happy about that.

Did I mention I love Shakespeare? Yeah, I know. I’m a walking contradiction. According to the Bard – “some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Somehow, I got all three.

Now how is anyone supposed to live up to that?

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

available on kindle unlimited

nineteen year old soccer player falls for her hot coach

While I admit this isn’t my favorite of the bunch, it’s also the youngest of the recs.  In age, I mean.  This is a standalone novel about a nineteen year old soccer player that wants to make the Olympic team and, similarly to Kulti, a professional soccer player is brought in to make sure they make it.  Hot for Coach Wilder.  If you are in the mood for a new adult story, then go for this one.

What started out as a joke— seduce Coach Wilder—soon became a goal she had to score.

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He’s a professional soccer player, America’s favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.

A face that makes girls weep – check.
Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check.
Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.

Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits . Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley’s already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.

Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.”

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Elizabeth

Some of these sound really good!

Trix

Don’t know if it’s still available, but I always loved Evangeline Anderson’s STR8TE BOYS…some people call it the college version of HOT HEAD, and (while that’s a simplification) that’s okay by me!

Under the Covers Book Blog

I enjoyed that one too!! It’s not available for purchase anymore at least not where I’ve looked.

Kathy Valentine

Great recommendations!! Ty! Francesca!! Shared on all my socials!!

Amy R

I love the Harris Brothers series by Amy Daws, the audiobooks are excellent.

Paige

Great recommendations, I’ll be adding some of these to my reading.

Timitra

Thanks for the list

Sophia Rose

I’m not an avid soccer fan, but I do get excited when the USA men’s or women’s team are competing in the World Cup.

I’ve got Kulti on my reading list and I’ve read a few soccer/football romances, but glad to see some newer releases I’m not familiar with on your list.