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27 of the best football gifts for kids in 2022

12:10 am AEDT 12/1/22
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Looking for the perfect gift for a football mad kid? From cozy jumpers to new takes on classic board games, these are the top options available.
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If you need a special gift for a child in your life, it can seem impossible to know where to start. With so many options available, it can be tough knowing just what exactly kids are into these days.

If one of the little ones on your list is a football fan, that makes matters easier as there are tonnes of gifts related to the sport that will go down a treat. Although there is so much out there, trawling the internet for the perfect gift can start to feel like a sport in itself. 

Luckily, we've rounded up the best quirky and unique available gifts. There are pop-its and fidgets for those captivated by the latest craze, football stories that will inspire curious minds, and games to sharpen the mind and bring out a competitive streak.

So whether you're looking for a birthday gift for your niece or nephew, a holiday present for your son/daughter, or a treat for your grandchild, here are the 27 best gifts currently available for young football fans under 12.

To browse other ideas, head to GOAL's Gift Guide.

£10 and under

1. Mitre Scriball Personalisable Football

The great thing about the Mitre Scriball is that it's two activities wrapped in one. First, children can colour the design on the ball with the provided pens. Once their custom design is complete, they can take the masterpiece out for a kick-about. Mitre also provides you with a pump, so you don't have to worry about sifting through your shed for one.

Get it from Amazon for £10.00

2. You Are a Champion: How to Be the Best You Can Be by Marcus Rashford

He's a hero for many, so who better to take life advice from than Marcus Rashford MBE? This handy guide will boost the confidence of kids. It features plenty of stories from the star's own life and brilliant advice from performance psychologist Katie Warriner.

Get it from Amazon for £4.99

If you have a bookworm in the family and need more great football books for children, check out GOAL's list of the best football books for children.

3. Orchard Toys Penalty Shootout mini-game

This game is designed for kids aged 3-7 and has fun shirt-shaped cards that young football fans will love. It has educational benefits, too, as it helps develop counting and numerical skills.

Get it from Amazon for £5.50

4.TAC-TICS card game

This card game says it's made for kids aged 6-99, so there's plenty of fun for all the family. Race to complete your team's formation before your opponents in a game that's perfect for encouraging the family to spend face-to-face time with each other.

Get it from Amazon for £7.00

5. Football jokes and quiz book

In desperate need of some new comedy material? This book for wannabe comedians will sort you right out, and there are plenty of quiz questions to keep brains ticking over.

Get it from Amazon for £4.49

6. FOCO bathtime duck

Make bathtime a little more football friendly with this fun rubber duck. Kids will love splashing around in their bubble bath with a floating companion from their favourite football team.

Get them from FOCO for £6.00 each – Celtic – Liverpool – Tottenham – Arsenal – Chelsea – Manchester City – Manchester United – West Ham

7. The Charlie Fry Series by Martin Smith

The Charlie Fry series is a saga about achieving your footballing dreams and overcoming adversity. 11-year-old protagonist Charlie Fry has Cystic Fibrosis, but that doesn't stop him from playing football. This series has seven books - perfect for even the most reluctant readers aged 7-12.

Get them from Amazon for £3.36

8. World At Your Feet by Rob Parker

Graphic artist Lawerta has charmingly illustrated this football picture book. It educates kids aged 3-10 years about 16 of football history's most important and iconic goals. The fun rhymes are enjoyable for adults, making for perfect bedtime reading.

Get it from Amazon for £6.99

9. Orchard Toys football-themed snakes and ladders game

This football-themed take on the classic snakes and ladders game will have kids and grown-ups entertained for hours. Suitable for ages five and up, the aim is to pass the ball up and down the pitch to try and score the winning goal.

Get it from Amazon for £9.99

10. Football-themed Trivial Pursuit cards

This bite-sized Trivial Pursuit pack has over 600 questions and can serve as an expansion pack or a fun game on its own. The cards come in a handy wedge carry case making them perfect for travel.   

Get it from Amazon for £9.60

£25 and under

11. FOOOTY: The Football That Fits In Your Pocket

This nifty little football is made up of 10 panels that fit together to create many different balls or frisbees that are safe to play with indoors. Perfect for footie mad kids with curious minds.

Get it from Amazon for £11.99

12. Football Training Belt

This ball control belt has an adjustable 18-foot stretchy cord so the budding footballer in your life can practice shooting or their keepy uppies without having to trek round to the neighbours to ask for their ball back.

Get it from Amazon for £10.99

13. Football Throw

Perfect for keeping warm on the sofa watching the match or cosying up in the car on the way home from a kickabout. This football print throw is a must for any fan's bedroom.

Get it from Amazon for £15.00

14. Top Trumps MATCH game World Football Stars edition

This game is like a shiny version of Connect Four. You have to match up five of your players using the cool picture cubes included to win. Siblings will have fun challenging each other again and again.

Get it from Amazon for £15.99

15. BrainBox football ten minute brain challenge

This game challenges the brains and memories of players aged 8+. Adults will have as much fun playing with kids in this quick-fire memory game. Each player has 10 seconds to study their fact card before answering questions about what they've seen.

Get it from Amazon for £14.49

16. Football pitch Popit chess game

This giant 10-inch pop-it is in the shape of a football pitch, so it's already perfect for those fidget fans who love their footie. This fidget has an extra dimension as it comes with a set of dice to play a game of pop-it chess where players race to the middle, popping dimples depending on dice rolls.

Get it from Amazon for £11.89

17. 100 Pics Football Star Travel Game

A fun card game for the whole family, the cards feature photos of some of the world's most recognisable football stars. Look at the letter clues before opening four doors to unveil a star footballer, guess the name and then slide to reveal the answer.

Get it from Amazon for £10.49

18. Collapsible football water bottle

If anything will encourage kids to drink more water, it's this nifty collapsible football bottle. The bottle shrinks down to a tiny 200ml football but can be expanded to the full 550ml when needed. The bottle expands to reveal a football pitch design.

Get it from Amazon for £12.99

No budget

19. Let Loose Moose Hover Ball

Even if the weather is grim, the kids can have fun with this hover ball indoors, and it works on any smooth surface. Don't fret about the furniture either, as it hovers just off the ground and has soft foam bumpers to prevent scuffs and scrapes.

Get it from Amazon for £16.49

20. Kipsta SG500 Football Goal

This football goal is 1.8m wide and 1.2m tall, comfortably big enough for an entire family kick about in the garden. Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy practising their shooting skills on the weekend.

Get it from Decathlon for £54.99

21. Mitre Foldable Goal Set

The Mitre Foldable Goal Set is incredibly convenient for those wishing to set up and stow away their pop up goals quickly and easily. Its unique design means the goals can be assembled and folded away within seconds - perfect for a fuss-free kick around.

Get it from Mitre for £47.00 (Medium) or £57.00 (Large)

22. Rising Star football edition

This football board game is perfect for fans of Monopoly and Football Manager. Players compete against each other to have the best career, negotiate contracts, and hire an agent. It's a great family game that everybody will enjoy.

Get it from Amazon for £29.99

23. England Three Lions single duvet cover set

This brightly coloured duvet set makes the perfect gift for a little one who dreams of playing for England someday. 

Get it from FOCO for £30.00

24. Football Billionaire board game

This board game is suitable for ages 6+ and will see players race to become the wealthiest football club owner. There's a lot at stake as players seek to buy clubs, dominate the transfer market, and hire and fire managers - great fun for all the family.

Get it from Amazon for £29.99

25. 29-inch mini tabletop foosball

This tabletop edition of the classic arcade game foosball will have kids and grown-ups playing at every free opportunity. It's made from sturdy MDF, has eight metal rods and even has anti-skid pads on the underside to survive even the most competitive matches.

Get it from Amazon for £38.99

26. 4ft foldable Foosball table

This sturdy table folds up for easy storage, but you'll want to have it out at all times for endless fun. With a 4ft cabinet size, it's comfortable for grown-ups to play as well.

Get it from Amazon for £139.99

27. Flick urban skills set

Containing one free-standing target basket, two target rings that fit any goal, and one mini target goal, Flick urban skills set is a fun mini-game perfect for honing the skills of any child who fancies themselves as the next Premier League star.

Get it from Amazon for £25.99

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