Soccer Movies for Every Mood

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Grab some popcorn and settle in! It’s movie night, and your women’s soccer experts have some suggestions on what to watch. From dramas to comedies to kid-friendly films, check out our list of recommendations.

For Kids

  • Air Bud: World Pup: When it comes to classic sports movies, Air Bud is always a safe bet. The third movie in the franchise, Air Bud: World Pup is part love story, part you-can-do-anything-you-put-your-mind-to. The film even cameos some women’s soccer greats, including Briana Scurry, Brandi Chastain, and Tisha Venturini. 

  • Switching Goals: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen star in this The Parent Trap inspired tale of switching places. One sister, a star soccer player and tomboy, gets drafted to a team that hasn’t won in years. Meanwhile, her girly-girl sister is put on a team that’s out of her league. The sisters trade places, each learning a lesson in the process.

  • Underdogs: For a more recent movie, check out the animated movie Underdogs. An Argentinian film, the U.S. dub features a cast of familiar faces, including Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Bella Thorne, and Taran Killam. The film tells the story of foosball players come to life. 

Comedies

  • She’s the Man: Inspired by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, She’s the Man stars Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum. Focusing on Viola Hasting’s determination to play soccer — even in disguise — this is great for a Friday night in, a sleepover, or even just to get a good laugh.

  • Playing for Keeps: What’s a movie list without a rom-com? Starring Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel, Playing for Keeps shows Gerard Butler stepping up to the plate to coach his son’s soccer team and breaking a lot of hearts along the way.

  • Bend It Like Beckham: If you say you want to watch a soccer movie, you can guarantee that someone will suggest this classic. Keira Knightley stars in this movie about following your passion. Jess comes from a strict family that banned soccer, but follows her heart anyway and continues playing the sport. Scouted by Jules, Jess is then offered a spot on a semi-pro team.

Dramas

  • The Damned United: Released in 2009, this biographical film follows Brian Clough’s 44-day stint as the manager of Leeds United Football Club. Acclaimed by film critics, The Damned United has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, scored 81 out of 100 on Metacritic, and received 3 and a half out of 4 stars by Roger Ebert.

  • Fever Pitch: No, this is not Jimmy Fallon’s poorly executed film debut. Fever Pitch stars a young Colin Firth, whose character is obsessed with soccer and a team that has gone 18 long years without winning a league cup. This film is based on Nick Hornby’s best-selling memoir, Fever Pitch: A Fan’s Life

Now that you’ve laughed, cried, and been inspired by our favorite soccer movies, it’s time to get onto the pitch! Check out our blog for tips from your women’s soccer experts.