Looking for soccer (football) manga to read?
Football, known as soccer in many parts of the world, is a sport that has captured the hearts of millions with its thrilling matches, rivalries, and moments of pure skill and athleticism.
While we eagerly support our favorite teams on the real-world pitch, manga has also embraced the spirit of the beautiful game, delivering captivating stories that bring the excitement and drama of soccer to life on the pages.
If you’re a football fan and a manga enthusiast, then get ready to dive into the world of soccer manga!
From ” Farewell, My Dear Cramer”, and “Inazuma Eleven”, to “Blue Lock”, Here are the 18 best soccer (football) manga.
So, let’s get started.
18. Lost Man
Matsumoto is a man who has lost his memory and has no idea where he comes from or what his real name is.
The only thing he does remember, and exceptionally well at that, is how to play soccer.
With skills that surpass even the professionals, Matsumoto travels from city to city, country to country, selling his ridiculous soccer skills to teams, guaranteeing them goals and most importantly, wins.
All he wants is to regain his memory, but until then, he’ll continue to amaze crowds and leave opponents in awe with his incredible soccer abilities.
17. Angel Voice
Ranzan school is in trouble as the head of the largest department threatens to shut down its beloved football club.
In a desperate move, the manager hires a new football coach named Tetsuo Kuroki, who handpicks the strongest students to form a team that can win against all odds.
Among the four talented students is Shingo Narita, a rough-around-the-edges guy who is always ready to fight for his friends.
When he’s invited to join the soccer club, his passion for the game reignites, and Kuroki sees an opportunity to teach the team valuable lessons about teamwork and problem-solving.
Through soccer, they’ll learn that success isn’t just about scoring goals, but also about working together towards a common goal.
16. Farewell, My Dear Cramer
Sumire Suo had no notable achievements in soccer throughout her junior high school years, until she received an unusual offer from her rival, Midori Soshizaki.
The offer was to join the same high school team, with a guarantee that Suo will never play alone again.
It was a sincere offer, but the question remains whether Suo will accept it.
The story unfolds with a diverse group of skilled soccer players, each with their own unique personality, as they come together on the field.
15. Hungry Heart: Wild Striker
Kyousuke Kano dreams of becoming a professional soccer player, but his self-doubt takes over when he’s constantly compared to his famous midfielder brother at AC Milan.
However, fate intervenes when he meets a girl who persuades him to coach his school’s women’s soccer team.
Coaching reignites Kyousuke’s passion for the game and he decides to lace up his cleats once more.
With his unwavering dedication, Kyousuke leads his team to the national tournament, determined to make a name for himself and his team.
14. The Build Up
Maru Kang was just another kid living an unremarkable life until a chance encounter with soccer on TV changes everything.
Suddenly, his passion for the sport is ignited and he sets his sights on becoming a soccer superstar.
But there’s a catch, he’s already known as the “King of the Losers” in his high school.
13. Kattobi Itto
Katori Itto and Yura Kazuma have been at each other’s throats since they were kids.
Itto, small and scrappy, has always had a bone to pick with Kazuma, who’s big and mean-spirited.
Itto’s grudge only intensified after Kazuma gave him a nasty scar during a fight five years ago.
Now, after years of traveling with his father, Itto is back in Japan, where he unexpectedly finds himself joining Kazuma’s soccer team at Seiga Middle School.
Hilarity ensues as this unlikely duo, along with their teammates, go head-to-head against other middle school teams on the quest to become Japan’s best.
12. The Knight In The Area
Starting as a promising soccer coach, Teppei rises through the ranks to become a professional soccer player.
Now, the exciting story of his high school years is about to unfold!
Teppei transforms from a young soccer boy to a midfield genius, navigating through challenges on and off the field to become a legend in the making.
11. Inazuma Eleven
Mamoru Endou is the fiery leader of Raimon Middle School’s soccer club, but his team is far from championship material.
However, when a talented new player, Shuuya Gouenji, joins the team, the tides begin to turn.
With the help of Gouenji’s skills and Mamoru’s grandfather’s notebook on special training, the team becomes a force to be reckoned with.
Together, they must overcome tough opponents and master special moves to win the Soccer Frontier tournament.
Yuzuki Seto is a crybaby football player who manages to pull off a miraculous move on the field.
Seto had been content with his soccer life in middle school, but when the one-year-older Keisuke Asami joins the soccer club, things take a dramatic turn.
Asami is about to turn Seto’s world upside down, and the once peaceful days on the field will be replaced with intense yelling and fierce competition.
9. Giant Killing
Once a mighty force on the soccer field, the East Tokyo United team is now a mere shadow of its former glory.
The sudden departure of their charismatic captain Takeshi Tatsumi to England shattered the team’s morale and its record.
With new captain Murakoshi leading the team, they struggle to stay afloat.
But hope returns when Takeshi returns to Japan, determined to turn ETU’s fortunes around.
However, he must overcome the hostility of the fans, the clashing personalities on the team, and his own unorthodox coaching style to lead the team to victory once again.
8. Keppeki Danshi: Aoyama Kun
Aoyama is the handsome soccer prodigy who represents Japan on the field.
Known for his unique style of play, Aoyama’s game is all about “cleanliness.”
He avoids tackles and refuses to head the ball, and if he needs to do a throw-in, he’ll only do it if he’s wearing gloves.
But as unusual as his style may be, Aoyama’s talent is undeniable.
With his precision and finesse, he dominates the field like no other.
7. Be Blues! Ao Ni Nare
Ryuu Ichijou is a boy with a passion for soccer and a burning desire to represent Japan on the national team.
But his dreams are shattered when he gets hit by a car while protecting his friend during elementary school.
After the accident, Ryuu is faced with a grueling two-year rehabilitation process, leaving him unsure if he will ever be able to play soccer again.
Despite the odds, Ryuu remains determined to chase his dreams, and with hard work and perseverance, he just might have a chance at achieving them.
Teppei Sakamoto’s passion for soccer runs deep, thanks to the tireless teachings of his sister.
Now, he’s ready to take his skills to the next level and join the Mizumoto High School soccer team.
But being a newbie in the fiercely competitive world of high school soccer is no easy feat.
Teppei will have to prove himself on the field and earn the respect of his teammates.
5. Blue Lock
Japan’s soccer team is in dire need of a hero after their crushing defeat at the 2018 World Cup.
Their solution? Creating the ultimate Ace Striker.
The Football Association sets out on a mission to find the most talented young players in Japan and mold them into goal-scoring machines.
But the road to victory won’t be easy.
With 300 top-notch players competing for the spot, the pressure is on to find the perfect candidate.
Ashito Aoi may have stumbled during a crucial soccer match, costing his team a chance to advance, but his dreams of becoming a pro player are still alive.
When a talent scout from Tokyo takes notice of his skills, Ashito is given a second chance to prove his worth.
With the chance to join a high school with a top-notch soccer program on the line, Ashito must work harder than ever before to hone his talents and leave his past mistakes behind.
Tsukushi Tsukamoto, a kind-hearted and timid teenager, has never played soccer before.
That is until he meets the enigmatic Jin Kazama, who invites him to a pick-up soccer game.
With his heart set ablaze by the game, Tsukushi joins his high school’s soccer club, which happens to be one of the strongest in all of Japan.
2. Captain Tsubasa
Tsubasa Ozora, a young soccer enthusiast, is determined to become a superstar in the world of soccer.
His path to glory is littered with obstacles, from fierce competition to grueling tournaments, but Tsubasa is not one to back down from a challenge.
With every match, he hones his skills, pushes his limits, and faces his fears head-on, all in pursuit of his ultimate goal, winning the World Cup.
Despite Shou Kazamatsuri’s love for soccer, he struggles to make a name for himself on the prestigious Musashi no Mori team.
But when he transfers to a school with a more laid-back atmosphere, he finds a group of scrappy players who share his passion for the game.
With his new team by his side, Shou sets his sights on becoming a soccer superstar and will stop at nothing to make his dreams a reality.