Our pitch: the best soccer flicks

Our pitch: the best soccer flicks

By Marie-Eve Leclerc

As we gear up for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be hosted in Canada for the first time ever, we explore how this sport has transcended the film industry.

Drama, comedy, romance, documentary…there is something for everyone. Here are a few successful soccer movies (listed in chronological order):

Ladybugs (1992)

This comedy starring Rodney Dangerfield will thrill nostalgic 90’s moviegoers.

The Big Green (1995)

Another Disney comedy that will strike a chord with many who miss the 90’s movie era.

Fever pitch (1997)

A romantic comedy that parallels the world of sports, just like it should be.

Shaolin Soccer (2001)

Fans of comic Kung Fu and “Old School” will definitely get their fix.

Bend it like Beckham (2002)

This British blockbuster tells the story of a teenage soccer player who wants to pursue her passion, despite her family’s disapproval.

Kicking and Screaming (2005)

This family comedy starring Will Ferrell is sure to entertain young and old alike!

Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)

The first of a trilogy, this movie is what dreams are made of, as it chronicles the life of a young man wishing to escape poverty to become a star player.

She’s the Man (2006)

After seeing the movie 15 times, this comedy starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Bynes became a definite classic during my teenage years.

Zidane, a 21st Century Portrait (2006)

Loyal fans of the sport will enjoy the atmosphere that is palpable in this documentary, which follows soccer star Zidane in a match against Real Madrid.

The Damned United (2009)

Taking a look at Brian Clough’s rise to prominence as one of English football’s most iconic managers.

Honorable Mentions

The Game of Their Lives (2005)

Gracie (2007)

Will (2011)

United (2011)

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