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STO Soccer Film Review: Dare To Dream

Dare to Dream is a 2005 documentary produced by HBO about the rise of the US Women’s National Team. It examines the crucial roles played by Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly and many other legendary athletes in making the US women’s soccer team one of the most dominant in the world.

The film explains how in the last twenty years the US Women’s Soccer Team became a force on the world stage by winning two Olympic Golds and two World Cups. Mia Hamm is really the “star” of the documentary and the film shows how she became a world sports icon through her unparalleled talent and tenacity.

The film’s pivotal moment is also the sport’s most memorable: Brandi Chastain’s winning PK in the 1999 Final. By then, the US team had become heroes and media darlings, but the film also shows how in the 1980s and early 1990s the team developed into a contender while receiving almost no national attention.

The film is fantastic, and the only real criticism I have is that it is far too short (only 77 minutes) to fully examine the rise of women’s soccer in America. If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend you rent it soon and familiarize yourself with how our women’s soccer team went from near obscurity to becoming one of the world’s greatest dynasties.