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Kick Off the World Cup with These Soccer-Themed Movies and TV Shows

November 21, 2022

The FIFA World Cup 2022™ brings people together from across the globe. Get a head start on the action with these soccer-themed movies and TV shows.

FIFA World Cup 2022™ is finally here — from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18, 32 teams from across the globe will meet in Qatar in their quest for the championship.


You can watch each match from the comfort of home. Use the voice command "World Cup" on your Contour Voice Remote to enjoy every moment. You'll get access to the World Cup Hub on Contour TV which features the latest news, stats and games.


You can even set reminders and follow your favorite team or players. You can also stream the games on the Contour app on your phone, tablet or computer.


Where to Watch Live Matches

You can watch all 64 games on Fox and FS1 in 4K. You'll need a 4K box and a 4K TV to watch in 4K. You can view all the games in Spanish on Telemundo and Universo.


For Contour Stream Player customers, you'll be able to replay all matches on Tubi. For replay matches in Spanish, you can find them on the Peacock app.


If you're looking to immerse yourself in soccer beyond the pitch, you're in luck. These soccer-themed movies and TV shows offer a fun companion to the FIFA World Cup™.


This Is Football

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video


The sport we call soccer in the U.S. is known as football everywhere else. This Is Football takes us around the world, highlighting just how much the sport means to fans and how it can also help empower or connect a region. With the World Cup bringing 32 countries together, This Is Football is the perfect way to get hyped for the upcoming matches no matter where you live.


Ted Lasso

Watch on: Apple TV+


Ted Lasso on Apple TV+ begins as a classic fish out of water story — a college football coach is hired to lead an English soccer team. But from the first time we see Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, there's something special in the air. His folksy, “aw shucks" attitude serves him well as he learns an entirely new sport, and he charms everyone he comes across — including the audience. Plus, it's hard to find a show with more inspiring quotes, such as, “There's two buttons I never like to hit: That's panic and snooze."


Bend It Like Beckham

Watch on: Hulu, Disney+


During the filming of this movie in 2001, David Beckham was at the height of his career. He was the runner-up for FIFA World Player of the Year and had just won his fifth consecutive Premier League title with Manchester United. So it's no wonder younger soccer players — like Jess (Parminder Nagra) and Jules (Keira Knightley) — aspired to play like him. Bend It Like Beckham features plenty of soccer but also offers a heartfelt look at South Asian culture, family and the power of friendship.


The English Game

Watch on: Netflix


Although soccer is ubiquitous today, the sport originated in the United Kingdom as an entertainment for the wealthy. The English Game explores the history of the sport over six episodes. Upper-class star player Arthur Kinnaird (Edward Holcroft) and working-class stonemason and player Fergie Suter (Kevin Guthrie) come from very different backgrounds but ultimately end up working together to unite footballers forever.


Welcome to Wrexham

Watch on: Hulu, Disney+


You may think of Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney as Deadpool and Mac from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but they're both big soccer fans, too. Founded in 1864, Wrexham A.F.C. is the third-oldest professional association soccer team in the world. Welcome to Wrexham chronicles the journey of McElhenney and Reynolds in purchasing the club and trying to revive both the team and the local community. Because neither Hollywood star has owned a club, the documentary is as much a learning experience for them as it is for us.



Watch on: Amazon Prime Video


To impress his boss, Chester Lee (Rodney Dangerfield) accepts an offer to coach the girls' soccer team his company sponsors. Despite coming off several impressive seasons, Coach Chester soon learns his team is full of new players and not as dominant as it once was. The Ladybugs turn things around using some deceitful tomfoolery — Chester has to hope everything doesn't fall apart so he can finally earn that respect.


Shaolin Soccer

Watch on: Paramount+


If you prefer watching realistic soccer, Shaolin Soccer is not the film for you. But if you can overlook that (and an implausible plot), you'll find a wildly entertaining movie. A Shaolin monk forms a soccer team, using their martial arts skills to great effect. The combination of over-the-top CGI and a thoroughly impressive soundtrack make for an enjoyable watch.


She's The Man

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video


When you really love a sport, you'll go to great lengths to play it — no matter the cost. In She's The Man, Viola Hastings (Amanda Bynes) stars on her school's soccer team until the team gets dissolved. To fulfill her dream of playing collegiate football, she assumes the identity of her twin brother, Sebastian. Stars Bynes and Channing Tatum had no previous soccer experience, so they spent hours practicing every day before filming. That commitment pays off with believable scenes on the pitch.


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