Where to watch She's The Man and other nostalgic football movies while the World Cup is on

As the World Cup season begins in Qatar, here are some soccer-focused films to get you into the spirit - plus where you can stream them

She's The Man
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She's The Man is one of the mid-noughties football themed romantic-comedies that caught the attention of fans following the success of the hit Bend it Like Beckham.

The film is just one of the many great nostalgic soccer movies available to stream during the World Cup. Here is how you can watch She's The Man, plus some other football movies you may want to sink your teeth into.

She's The Man

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Where to watch She's The Man

She's The Man was released in 2006 and is actually an adaptation of the play Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. The movie focuses on the main character Viola, who pretends to be her twin brother and joins his school when the girls football team at her school is cut. 

The film then focuses on Viola as she leads a double life pretending to be her brother Sebastian, playing football, falling for her roommate who thinks she's a boy, and fulfilling her mother's dream of being a debutante and coming out in society. 

The film stars Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, David Cross, and Vinnie Jones and is a classic noughties romantic comedy that is filled with cliches but has a relatively original plot thanks to the injection of football madness into the Shakespeare plot.

If you are keen to watch this movie, the film is available to stream on Netflix in the UK and US. 

Where to watch Bend it Like Beckham

Bend it Like Beckham is perhaps the original football romantic comedy that people think about when they want to watch a football-themed movie. 

The film was released in the early noughties and focuses on the life of Jesminder Bhamra (Jess), who wants to play professional football but her dreams are curbed by her traditional Indian parents who have a different life in mind for their daughter.

In the film, Jess must balance her family life as they prepare for her eldest sister's wedding and her burgeoning football career as she begins playing for the Hounslow Harriers.

The film stars a young Parminder Nagra as Jess, Keira Knightley as her best friend and fellow football fan, Jules, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, as the coach of the Hounslow Harriers, Joe. 

Bend it Like Beckham is available to stream on Hulu, Disney+, and Amazon Prime.

Fever Pitch

Another less well-known football-themed rom-com is Fever Pitch (1997). This movie focuses on a love story about a woman who falls for an Arsenal fanatic. While the plot is a little silly, the 1997 film has a fabulous cast and stars Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Ruth Gemmell who plays Lady Violet Bridgerton in the hit Netflix period drama series, Bridgerton

The film is available to stream on Apple TV and to rent on Amazon (opens in new tab) from £3.49.

There are also a number of footy-based TV shows that have been released over the past few years that have gained a well-deserved fan base. A particularly fantastic show that was released exclusively on Apple TV and stars Jason Sudeikis is Ted Lasso.

The show focuses on an American college football coach who is hired by the owner of an English soccer team, the fictional Richmond FC, and his struggles to adjust to this new sport. Ted Lasso won big at the Emmys 2021 and has been applauded by a number of critics who love this original concept.

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