Football Book of the Year

SHORTLIST 2022

The Dream Factory by Ryan Baldi

The Dream Factory

Inside the Make-or-Break World of Football’s Academies

By Ryan Baldi

With unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to academies at all levels, The Dream Factory: Inside the Make-or-Break World of Football’s Academies is a journey deep into the heart of youth football, revealing in gripping detail how home-grown Premier League stars such as Marcus Rashford and Trent Alexander-Arnold are created, and at what cost.

Explore the rest of the Football Book of the Year Shortlist

The Immortals by Arrigo Sacchi
The Greatest Show On Earth by Andrew Downie
Maradona by Guillem Balague
FA Cup 150 by Phil Annets
Barca by Simon Kuper