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Next Goal Wins Parents Guide

Next Goal Wins Parents Guide” is a 2023 American biographical sports comedy-drama film directed by Taika Waititi, and co-written by Taika Waititi and Iain Morris. The movie is based on the 2014 documentary of the same name by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison, which tells the story of Dutch-American coach Thomas Rongen’s efforts to lead the American Samoa national football team, one of the weakest teams in the world, to qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The film features Michael Fassbender in the role of Thomas Rongen, and it also stars Oscar Kightley, Kaimana, David Fane, Rachel House, Beulah Koale, Will Arnett, and Elisabeth Moss.

“Next Goal Wins” had its premiere at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival and was subsequently released in theaters on November 17, 2023, by Searchlight Pictures.

Movie NameNext Goal Wins
RatingPG-13 (Crude Material
GenreComedy, Sports
Original LanguageEnglish
DirectorTaika Waititi
ProducersJonathan Cavendish, Garrett Basch, Taika Waititi, Mike Brett, Steve Jamison
WritersTaika Waititi, Iain Morris
Release Date (Theaters)Nov 17, 2023 (Wide)
Runtime1h 44m
DistributorSearchlight Pictures
Production CompanyArcher’s Mark, Imaginarium Productions
Sound MixDolby Digital

What is the Next Goal Wins Story all about

The story revolves around the American Samoa soccer team, forever etched in history for their humiliating 31-0 defeat in the 2001 FIFA match.

As the World Cup Qualifiers loom on the horizon, the team finds itself in a dire predicament. Their reputation as the underdogs of the soccer world, often considered the weakest team globally, casts a long shadow over their dreams. In a desperate bid to change their destiny, they decide to take an unconventional route by hiring the unconventional and down-on-his-luck coach, Thomas Rongen, portrayed by the talented Michael Fassbender.

Thomas Rongen, a maverick with a checkered past, carries the weight of his own failures. As he steps onto the field with the American Samoa team, he is determined to do the impossible: transform a group of misfits and underachievers into a cohesive unit capable of achieving the unthinkable.

“NEXT GOAL WINS” is not just a sports comedy; it’s a heartwarming journey of hope, resilience, and the unbreakable spirit of the human will. Rongen’s unorthodox coaching methods, the team’s unwavering determination, and the unbreakable bonds that form within the squad make for an inspirational and unforgettable story.

Next Goal Wins Parents Guide

Why is Next Goal Wins rated PG-13?

“Next Goal Wins” is rated PG-13 by the MPA due to strong language and crude material.

PG-13 movies are not recommended for children under 13, but parents can choose whether to let their kids watch them. The “PG” stands for “parental guidance,” meaning parents are cautioned as some content may not be suitable for children under 13.

Sex & Nudity:

No explicit sexual content or nudity is mentioned in the movie.

Violence & Gore:

The film is primarily a sports comedy-drama, and there is no mention of extreme violence or gore. However, there may be scenes related to soccer matches that involve physical contact and sports-related injuries.


The movie is rated PG-13 and contains strong language, so there may be the use of profanity and crude language throughout the film.

Next Goal Wins Cast and Characters

Here is the list of Next Goal Wins Cast and Characters:

  • Will Arnett
  • Elisabeth Moss
  • Michael Fassbender as Thomas Rongen
  • Uli Latukefu
  • Rhys Darby
  • Frankie Adams as Frangipani
  • Angus Sampson
  • Rachel House
  • Beulah Koale
  • Russell Satele
  • Sisa Grey
  • David Fane
  • Chris Alosio as Jonah
  • Oscar Kightley
  • Don Nahaku as Tongan Coach
  • Arlo Sarinas as Referee (as Arthur-Angelo Sarinas)
  • Andrea Elizabeth Sikkink as Coaches Wife
  • Karim Benz as a Soccer player
  • Hio Pelesasa as Samson
  • David James Sikkink as New Caledonia Coach
  • Ioane Goodhue as Smiley
  • Lehi Makisi Falepapalangi


“Next Goal Wins” is a 2023 sports comedy-drama directed by Taika Waititi, based on a documentary. It follows the American Samoa national football team, famously known for their 31-0 defeat in 2001. As they strive to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, they hire unconventional coach Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender) to transform them from underdogs to contenders.

Key Points:

  • The film centers on the American Samoa soccer team, aiming to redeem themselves after a humiliating 31-0 loss in 2001.
  • To change their reputation as the weakest team globally, they hire coach Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender), who has an unorthodox approach.
  • Rongen works to unite a group of misfits and underachievers into a competitive team.
  • “Next Goal Wins” is a heartwarming story of hope, resilience, and the human spirit.
  • It’s rated PG-13 due to strong language and crude material.