Next Goal Wins directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison and produced by Agile Films and Archers Mark tells the story of the American Samoan Football team and their efforts to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
After suffering a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia in 2001, American Samoa are still in search of their first ever competitive win. When maverick Dutch coach Thomas Rongen arrives on the island he discovers that his ramshackle team includes an emotionally scarred goalkeeper and the first transgender player ever to play international football. With the team about to embark on a gruelling World Cup Qualification campaign, Rongen has just one month to transform this ragtag of endemic losers into a winning team – and perhaps learn a little about himself along the way.
Next Goal Wins is an hilarious and moving exploration of what it really means to be a winner in life.
Next Goal Wins had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014, and was then released theatrically around the world, including the USA, the UK, Australia, and Japan. After Tribeca, the film traveled to festivals worldwide, including Abu Dhabi (where it won the Special Jury Prize), Reykjavik, Sydney, Munich, Frontale and Thinking Football Bilbao (where it won the Audience Prize).
In December 2014, the film won Best Documentary at the Moet & Chandon British Independent Film Awards, and was nominated for a London Critics Circle Award.