The Films

  • Dois Riachos to Umea

    Directed by Adriana Yanez

    A native of a small Brazilian town, Marta left behind humble beginnings when she moved to Sweden at age 18 on a pro contract. This is the story of how a transcendent player's talents were cultivated in two contrasting environments.

  • El Chiquitin Futbol Club

    Directed by Sara Lozano

    A group of grandmothers and other senior citizens in the Spanish town of Jerez eschew traditional notions about women and sport by forming a hard-playing, fun-loving, trash-talking soccer club.

  • Moving the Goal

    Directed by Hannah Storm

    England's Kelly Smith is the best women's player ever produced by the country that invented the game. After a struggle with alcohol abuse and depression, the former Seton Hall star, now 32, is sober and poised to lead her team in the World Cup.

  • The Save

    Directed by Amanda Micheli

    Abandoned as a child by her mother, Gina Castaneda sought solace in soccer. Now a probation officer and a youth soccer coach in California, Castaneda seeks to steer her players away from the gang turf wars that plague the largely immigrant community.

  • L'Arbitre

    Directed by Ruhi Hamid

    Marie Agnes Makengi Kapinga is the first female international soccer referee from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite physical and verbal abuse from fans, she is determined to press on to gain respect for the women of her country.

  • Unstoppable

    Directed by Safina Uberoi

    Lisa De Vanna is one of Australia's best female players -- and one of its most troublesome. Prone to fighting with teammates and opposing players, the mercurial striker evokes both sympathy and hostility.

Air Dates

  • Friday, June 247 p.m., ESPN2
  • Saturday, July 24 p.m., ABC

Q & A

'I was honored she chose to tell me her story'

Filmmaker and broadcaster Hannah Storm, who directed the HERoics documentary on English soccer star Kelly Smith, discusses Smith's triumph over alcoholism -- and the process of telling that inspirational tale.

Read the Q&A