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Best 50 Inspirational and Motivational Football Quotes



Soccerwidow has collected 50 of the top inspirational quotes about football, courtesy of a few of the most renowned coaches and players of the last 100 years. Let’s learn some great lessons in life from the game of football in its various guises (sorry to all the purists, we’ve included a few ‘American’ football quotes too!).

Soccer team of injured businessmen after a tough gameImage: Luis Louro (Shutterstock)

These inspiring and intelligent football quotes are sorted chronologically by the author’s birth year and can just as easily be applied to everyday life. Enjoy!

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
George Halas
(1895-1983, former player, coach, owner and pioneer in professional American football)
Show me a good and gracious loser
and I’ll show you a failure.

Knute Rockne
(1888-1931, former American football player and coach)
In life, as in football,
you won’t go far
unless you know where the goalposts are.

Arnold H. Glasow
(1905-1998, former American humorist)
You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat.
Paul Brown
(1908-1991, former American football coach)
The difference between
a successful person and others
is not a lack of strength,
not a lack of knowledge,
but rather a lack of will.

Vince Lombardi
(1913-1970, former American football coach)
Aim for the sky
and you’ll reach the ceiling.
Aim for the ceiling
and you’ll stay on the floor.

Bill Shankly
(1913–1981, former Scottish footballer and Liverpool manager)


Categories:Sports Quotes



6 Responses to “Best 50 Inspirational and Motivational Football Quotes”

  1. Devils Advocat
    24 February 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Thanks for this excellent compilation! 🙂

    • Pumpkin
      8 March 2013 at 12:20 pm #

      Yes, these are really great quotes……nice inspiring motivations…….

  2. Resham Thapa Magar
    17 May 2014 at 6:51 am #

    Extremely motivational quotes.

  3. Paul+Griffin
    13 October 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    Reading quotes always motivates me before matches. This quote really impressed me “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” If you do something with passion you will definitely be good at it. Thank you so much for the good stuff.

  4. Irish Spur
    21 September 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    Some good quotes but surprised by lack of quotes from likes of Bill Nicholson, Brian Clough, Danny Blancflower only one from Bill Shankly none from Matt Busby, these were inspirational

  5. Adam - WildChildSports
    19 January 2017 at 5:10 pm #

    Awesome list of quotes!

    My favorite is “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t” – Jerry Rice

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