NEXT GOAL WINS tells the story of the American Samoa soccer team, who suffered the worst loss in World Cup history, losing to Australia 31-0 in 2001. With the 2014 World Cup approaching, the team recruits a down on his luck, maverick coach (Michael Fassbender) to help turn their fate around.
Fassbender is joined by Elisabeth Moss, Oscar Kightley, David Fane, Rhys Darby, Beulah Koale, Lehi Falepapalangi, Semu Filipo, Uli Latukefu, Rachel House and Kaimana.
Waititi is producing alongside Jonathan Cavendish and Garrett Basch, with Andy Serkis, Will Tennant, and Kathryn Dean serving as executive producers. Additional producers include Mike Brett and Steve Jamison, who directed the 2014 documentary from which the film is based.
A biographical sports comedy-drama, ‘Next Goal Wins’ is directed by Taika Waititi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Iain Morris. Based on the 2014 documentary of the same name by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison, it tells the story of Dutch-American coach, Thomas Rongen, and his efforts to lead the American Samoa national soccer team – considered the weakest in the world – to qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The principal photography for the film began in November 2019, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was completed by January 2020.
Coming soon, ‘Next Goal Wins’, is set for release through Searchlight Pictures.
Watch the trailer for ‘Next Goal Wins’ below, and keep up with the film on social media via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and the hashtag #NextGoalWins.