Women Directors of Soccer Movies


Of the >250 soccer movies that I have watched, less than 10%  were directed by women. Most of the feature film female directors had no prior knowledge of soccer (football). And yet, by my ratings, female directors have put together some of the best football films. It’s not an explicit gender bias, since I don’t pay attention to who is the director until after I’ve watched the film.

I think these films are better because the women directors, not so emotionally tied to the sport, show deeper characters and relationships. They also inject more humor. Or perhaps this is all my personal bias as to what I find entertaining — after all, this website started from being a soccer mom. However, some of these films are the bigger moneymakers. So I can’t be ALL wrong!

Feature Films Directed by Women

TitleDirectorRatingBox $MCountry
Bend it Like Beckham (2002)Gurinder Chadha1076.6ENG
Green Street Hooligans (2005)Lexi Alexander93.1USA
Will (2011)Ellen Perry8 USA
Guys and Balls (2004)Sherry Hormann71.1GER-USA
Johan (2005)Nicole van Kilsdonk70.2NED
Bad Parents (2012)Caytha Jentis6 USA
Britt-Marie was Here (2019)Tuva Novotny6SWE
The Big Green (1995)Holly Goldberg Sloan518.0USA
When Saturday Comes (1996)Maria Giese5 ENG-USA

Documentaries Directed by Women

TitleDirectorRatingBox $MCountry
Pelada (2010)Gwendolyn Oxenham10 USA
Forever Pure (2016)Maya Zinshtein10 ISR
Ayaktakimi (2015)Naz Gündogdu9 GER-TUR
Kick Like a Girl (2008)Jenny Mackenie6 USA
Kicking It (2008)Susan Koch6 USA
17 (2017)Widad Shafakoj6 JOR
Goal Dreams (2010)Maya Sanbar5 PAL

Updated Jul-2-2017, Sep-4-2017, Nov-19-2017, Oct-2-2019