A dynamic 68-minute
documentary that tells the story of Kearny, the New Jersey city whose rich soccer culture of more than a century entered the spotlight when John Harkes, Tony Meola
and Tab Ramos helped the USA qualify for the 1990 World Cup.
The best soccer documentary is made in New Jersey
The American soccer trailblazer Jerry Yeagley arrived at Indiana University in the 1960s to turn its club soccer team into an NCAA varsity program and won DI national titles in the 1980s, 1990s and finished with a Hollywood ending with the 2003 title in his last game at the helm.
The Two Escobars
The Zimbalist brothers orchestrate an investigation of
narco-soccer so dizzyingly revealing and vigorous it's much more than a sports movie.
'The Two Escobars' -- a revealing and vigorous account Colombian soccer in the 1990s.
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait
It can feel tedious, waiting and wanting, even boring at times — players are only on the ball for a few minutes at a time over 90 minutes, anyway. But for students and fans of the game it offers what no other soccer movie can: a precise, impressionistic expression of a celebrity-hero on the field.
'Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait' is an artistic, philosophical take on the beautiful game
The Workers Cup
Only under concerted pressure from human rights activists has Qatar recently been pushed into reforming its notorious 'kafala' labor laws, but even these reforms to abolish modern slavery have yet to be ratified. The movie conveys the tedium of the work and the claustrophobia of the laborers' dormitory accommodation, so that when the action moves to the field of play you feel as briefly liberated as the players.
There may never have been as comprehensive a biography on
screen for a soccer player as Oscar-winning director Asif Kapadia gave us "Diego Maradona" last fall. A film worth watching one time for the player in his time, a second to grapple
with his icon status, and another to appreciate the film’s terrific blend of aesthetic, sound, commentary and storytelling.
HBO's 'Diego Maradona' movie -- a measured masterpiece
First Team: Juventus
Manchester City: All of Nothing
Sunderland Til I Die
Is this really what a soccer club's like? Assessing the current wave of 'behind-the-scenes' documentaries
'The Damned United'The gripping tale of Brian Clough vs. Don Revie and the joust over British soccer style.
Older American soccer fans may have a biased affection for the 1981 movie "Victory," so we asked a Gen Z, Arlo Moore-Bloom, to give it a
'Victory' with Sylvester Stallone is the imperfect soccer film classic.
Goal! The Dream Begins
David Beckham, Howard Webb and Martin Tyler have cameos in the 2005 movie about
the hero’s journey of Santiago Munez, a Mexican immigrant who’s scouted by an ex-Newcastle player while playing for an amateur Latino team in Los Angeles.
'Goal! The Dream Begins' occupies a unique seat in soccer cinema
The English Game
The six-episode NetFlix series "The English Game" may be getting mixed reviews, but we've
also heard it's delivering united viewing in households of soccer aficionados and 'Downton Abbey' fans.
'Downton Abbey' meets soccer in Netflix's 'The English Game'
She's The Man
Amanda Bynes personifies the pioneering female soccer jock that teenagers had already found in Brandi Chastain, Mia Hamm, and the rest of the 99ers seven years before "She’s The Man" hit American theaters, and the gender bender plays hilariously alongside Channing Tatum in one of his breakthrough roles.
SA Movie Choice: Shakespeare meets soccer in 'She's The Man' with a young Channing Tatum
'Kicking and Screaming'
Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall and Mike Ditka delivered soccer's 'Bad News Bears." A classic for the soccer family that set the U.S. soccer movie record with a gross of $56 million -- surpassing 2013 release "Bend it Like Beckham," which grossed $32.5 million in the USA.
'Kicking and Screaming' with Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall and Mike Ditka delivered soccer's 'Bad News Bears'
Bend it Like Beckham
Four years before David Beckham arrived in MLS in 2007, a women's soccer movie with his
name in the title grossed $20 million within four months of its U.S. release.
'Bend it Like Beckham' ages well, mostly
FIFA's Official World Cup Films
The quality of official World Cup Films -- Sean Connery, for better or worse, narrated the 1982 'Golé!' -- has roller-coasted since their inception in 1954. The most recent of the 1-hour World Cup documentaries, led by the 2019 account of the USA title win in
France, rate among the best and are free on FIFATV
Take advantage of easy access to FIFA's Official World Cup Films
• The Van directed by Stephen Frears
• Victory directed by John Huston
• Gregory's Girl (starring Clare Grogan from the band Altered Images) directed by Bill Forsyth
• Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (with audio by my friend Kevin Shields from the band My Bloody Valentine) directed by Douglas Gordon
• Once In A Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos directed by John Dower & Paul Crowder
• Take The Ball, Pass The Ball (2018)
• The Damned United (2009)
• Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait (2006)
• Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)
• Chivas USA: Sí, se puede (2005)