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While the WSL, Premier League and Championship may all be on pause for the summer, football fever has once again gripped the nation as the Lionesses look to repeat their European success on a global stage. But if that wasn’t enough, we’ve done a roundup of the best football documentaries to watch between matches! 

Squad Goals 

The goals, the glory, the gaffer. Access all areas at WSL's West Ham Women - from the locker room to the boardroom. Catch the highs and the lows of the 2019/2022 season as this East End team take on the best teams in the country.  

Watch now on BBC iPlayer 

Standing Firm: Football's Windrush Story

Award-winning poet Benjamin Zephaniah presents this important documentary celebrating the sporting legacy of the Windrush generation, on the 75th anniversary of their arrival.

Watch now on ITVX

When Football Banned Women

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Clare Balding uncovers the remarkable hidden history of women's football, which briefly dominated the game, attracting crowds of up to 60,000, before a Football Association ban in 1921.

Watch now on Channel 4

Football Dreams: The Academy 

In this brand-new football documentary airing on Channel 4, the cameras follow a group of boys determined to achieve their dreams of becoming professional footballers at the prestigious Crystal Palace Football Club. Ranging from 8 to 18 years old, follow the twists and turns of the youngsters on the path to playing at the highest level.  

Coming soon on All 4 

England Lionesses: When Football Came Home 

On 31st July, 56 years of hurt were finally put to rest as England’s women’s team beat Germany in the Euros at Wembley. Relive England’s historic victory with behind-the-scenes content, interviews and the best of the action from the tournament. 

Watch now on BBC iPlayer 


Released ahead of his World Cup farewell in 2022, this wide-reaching documentary seeks to provide a detailed understanding of the real Lionel Messi.

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

The Jesse Lingard Story

In the build-up to the 2022 World Cup squad announcements, England and Premier League footballer Jesse Lingard revealed how his mental health and home life have affected his on-pitch performance.

Watch now on Channel 4

All or nothing: Arsenal  

As fans return to stadiums, pressure is on Arsenal's manager Mikel Arteta and his young team to get back to their former glories and back into Europe. Offering unprecedented access and capturing the high and lows of life on and off the pitch this is football at its finest: raw, dramatic and full of passion. 

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Bury: Bringing Football Back 

When Bury FC collapsed in August 2019, a group of locals made it their mission to bring football back to their town - against massive odds. Follow Chris Murray and his friends in this football documentary filmed over the course of 12 months, getting amazing behind-the-scenes access to the birth of a new club and seeing what it really takes to make dreams a reality. 

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

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