While soccer hasn’t quite reached the ranks of football, basketball, or baseball in the U.S., it’s definitely grown to become more popular among American sports fans over the years. Players like Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, and Alex Morgan have helped to raise the profile of American players and prove that we have what it takes, too.
But the sport spans far beyond our country’s borders. Soccer has a storied history, one that has enthralled its hundreds of millions of fans worldwide. And you don’t need to look very hard to find captivating movies that tell this sport’s story. Whether it’s a drama, an action-comedy, or a gripping real-life story, there are dozens of awesome soccer movies. Here are the five best soccer films and documentaries you can watch on Netflix right now.
1. Planet FIFA (2016)
Soccer, or football as it’s called pretty much everywhere else, is a national obsession for countries around the world. Unfortunately, soccer’s international governing body, FIFA or the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, has not always maintained the integrity of the sport like it should.
In this documentary, French director Jean-Louis Perez traces the history of FIFA from its humble beginnings as a nonprofit in 1904, to its recent corruption scandals related to its controversial decision to award the 2018 World Cup to Qatar.