Have you found yourself in a slump because you can’t find the right TV series to binge? Thankfully if you’re a soccer fan, there are a ton of series for you to watch. Whether you’ve caught some soccer fever or you’re a long-time fan, many TV series have done a great job at capturing the essence of the beautiful game.
In no particular order, the following releases can cure your need for a good fictional or documentary-style soccer series:
Where to Watch: Apple TV
It’s unlikely that you haven’t heard about Ted Lasso by now because it’s made itself into one of the greatest modern-day comedy series.
Ted Lasso follows a college-level American football coach who’s hired by a wealthy divorcee to coach the fictional Premier League club, AFC Richmond. After receiving negative press for his lack of soccer knowledge, Ted’s charm, charisma, and spirit eventually wins over his biggest critics. While the main story follows the team and their journey throughout the Premier League season, the show also touches on subjects that have warmed the hearts of viewers and critics.
Save Our Squad with David Beckham
Where to Watch: Disney+
Save Our Squad with David Beckham has been praised for being the perfect family viewing show if you’re looking for something uplifting and fun.
As the name suggests, the show follows David Beckham who returns to his home of East London to mentor a young grassroots team that’s struggling. The squad that he mentors is the Westward Boys Under 14’s team, who fears relegation from their current division, and later learn to immerse themselves into the intensity of competitive soccer. This uplifting and comedic series both shows the development of an amateur team, and how these types of grassroots leagues are important to the multi-billion-dollar football industry.
Welcome to Wrexham
Where to Watch: Disney+, Apple TV
If you enjoyed the underdog story that Ted Lasso gave, then you’re going to enjoy Welcome to Wrexham.
The 16-episode docuseries follows Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney who took over a small Welsh football team and have transformed them into a club the whole world can root for. While the series pushes the themes of passion and community, there’s a large emphasis on the teams matches as well. Each episode follows their latest campaign as they try to escape from the fifth division after a long and troubled 14 years in the league. Their players may not be at the same level as those at the World Cup, but their story’s going to have you not wanting to turn the TV off!
The 'All or Nothing' Series
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime
The All or Nothing series franchise is your go-to franchise for documentaries on different sports and clubs.
All or Nothing documents the highs and lows of your favorite European clubs and their journey throughout a certain campaign. You get to see behind the scenes footage as clubs navigate and overcome obstacles, as well as insider information on their tactics. Some of the series are focused on Arsenal, Tottenham, Juventus, Manchester City, and the Brazilian National Team. The latest edition focused on Arsenal is narrated by lifelong fan and Academy Award winner Daniel Kaluuya, and his thoughts on the team’s performances add some extra excitement.
This is Football
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime, Apple TV
A miniseries that you must put on your watchlist, This is Football captures the emotions, triumphs, and stories surrounding the sport on an international level.
In this miniseries, fans get a glimpse into how soccer has made an international impact on places all across the world. Each episode takes its viewers to a different corner of the globe and shows how a club’s success and energy has helped communities through difficult times. From the streets of post-war Rwanda to the pitches of the Champions League, the series is powered to inspire generations and captivate viewers.
Sunderland 'Til I Die
Where to Watch: Netflix
If you’re someone who has chanted “I’m Sunderland ‘Til I Die”, then this show is the one for you.
With 2 seasons already completed – and a third coming – Sunderland ‘Til I Die follows the professional English football team and their journey throughout their 2017-18 campaign. After their disappointing relegation from the Premier League, their comeback story is documented in the first season of the show. In the second season, the club is under new ownership and faces a whole new set of challenges. Despite their ups and downs, Sunderland fans have been more passionate and louder than ever!
The Figo Affair: The Transfer that Changed Football
Where to Watch: Netflix
Barcelona and Real Madrid have always topped the LaLiga standings, but they’ve also always had ongoing feuds.
In 2000, Luis Figo made one of the most shocking transfers in football history when he moved from Barcelona to Real Madrid. At the time, Figo was Barcelona’s brightest star who carried the club to the 1996-97 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and a pair of LaLiga titles. The Figo Affair series aims to get closer to the truth behind the transfer and the shady dealings that were played behind the scenes. Fingers are pointed and accusations are made, but there are twists and turns with tons of money at stake.
Where to Watch: Netflix
If you’ve ever been interested in learning more about the world and governing body of FIFA, then you’re going to want to check out Netflix’s FIFA Uncovered.
In a four-part documentary, there was no holding back from Netflix as they delved into some of the biggest controversies and corruption that has taken place at FIFA in the past. Investigators from the FBI and whistle-blowers from within all give exclusive interviews in the series to touch on controversies that FIFA has faced. The final part of the series focuses on the selection of Qatar as the 2022 host, with discussion about their controversial human rights records.
You can’t binge watch a TV series without some comfort snacks. Pick a series to watch from this list, and then head over to our Pinterest page to find inspiration on some soccer-themed snacks to enjoy.
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