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Next Goal Wins Available Now on Digital


Searchlight Pictures’ Delightful Feelgood Comedy Next Goal WinsArrives on Digital January 16 and Blu-ray™ and DVD February 27


I received a digital copy of Next Goal Wins to review. It is such a lighthearted story about teamwork, acceptance, faith, believing in yourself and never giving up. I really enjoyed this movie and seeing the culture, faith and positivity of American Samoa even when things don’t turn out in their favor, they always look at the positive side of them.

BURBANK, CA (January 4, 2024) – From Academy Award® winner Taika Waititi* (Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit, What We Do In The Shadows) comes Next Goal Wins, a heartwarming and hilarious tale inspired by the true-life story of soccer underdogs American Samoa and their stumbling attempts to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Described as “big-hearted and feel-good” (Wendy Ide, Screen Daily), “a perfect underdog movie” (Martin Tsai, The Wrap), and “one of the best comedies of the year” (Dayna Eileen, CGM Backlot) the film stars acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, The Killer) as Thomas Rongen, the maverick coach with the near-impossible task of trying to turn one of the world’s worst soccer team into winners. The international ensemble cast also includes Oscar Kightley, Kaimana, David Fane, Rachel House, Beulah Koale, Uli Latukefu, Semu Filipo, Lehi Falepapalangi, with Will Arnett and Elisabeth Moss.Be the first to watch at home when Next Goal Wins becomes available from all major digital retailers including Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu on January 16, and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on February 27, with never-before-seen bonus content including Taika Waititi’s homage to American Samoa, Polynesian culture, and sports movies.

Film Synopsis

Based on a true story, this heartfelt underdog comedy follows the American Samoa soccer team, infamous for their brutal 31-0 FIFA loss in 2001. With the World Cup qualifiers fast approaching, the team hires down-on-his- luck, maverick coach Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender), hoping he will turn the world’s worst soccer team into winners.

Bonus Features**


Creating The Pitch of Life – Explore filmmaker Taika Waititi’s loving homage to American Samoa, Polynesian culture, and the sports movie in this delightfully entertaining short-form documentary. See what it took to make a winning movie about the losingest soccer team in the world.

Deleted Scene

Priest Blessing the Team

**Bonus features vary by product and retailer


Michael Fassbender as Thomas Rongen

Oscar Kightley as Tavita

Kaimana as Jaiyah Saelua

David Fane as Ace 

Rachel House as Ruth 

Beulah Koale as Daru Taumua

Uli Latukefu as Nicky Salapu 

Chris Alosio as Jonah Semu 

Filipo as Rambo 

Ioane Goodhue as Smiley 

Lehi Falepapalangi as Pisa 

Hio Pelesasa as Samson 

With Will Arnett as Alex Magnussen 

And Elisabeth Moss as Gail

Directed by

Taika Waititi

Written by

Taika Waititi, Iain Morris

Produced by

Jonathan Cavendish p.g.a.

Garrett Basch p.g.a.

Taika Waititi p.g.a.

*Best Adapted Screenplay 2020, Jojo Rabbit

Mike Brett

Steve Jamison 

Music by

Michael Giacchino

Product Specifications

Street Date

Digital: January 16, 2024

Physical: February 27, 2024

Product SKUs

Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD

Physical: Blu-ray (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

Feature Run Time

Approx. 104 minutes


U.S. Rated PG-13

**For some strong language and crude material

Aspect Ratio

Digital: 2.00:1

Physical: 2.00:1

Disc Size

Blu-ray: 50GB

DVD: 8.5GB

U.S. Audio

Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA and 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio, Spanish andFrench 5.1 Dolby Digital

DVD: English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio

Digital: English Dolby (UHD only, some platforms), English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) & 2.0,Spanish 5.1 (Dolby Digital) & 2.0, French 5.1 (Dolby Digital) & 2.0, English Descriptive

Audio 2.0

U.S. Subtitles

Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

Digital: English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)



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