New Cross Learning and New Cross Irregulars 3FC present Next Goal Wins, chronicling the efforts of the American Samoan national football team as they try to improve on their standing as officially the worst international team in the world. In 2001 American Samoa suffered a world record 0-31 defeat to Australia, and a decade later remain rooted to the bottom of the FIFA world rankings, having only scored twice in seventeen years and lost every competitive game they have ever played. Against this backdrop of serial underachievement, the team face the daunting prospect of a qualification campaign for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It would take a miracle-worker or a madman to turn the team's fortunes around and in maverick Dutch coach Thomas Rongen the islanders somehow find both. A lack of athleticism to one side, the squad also contains the emotionally scarred goalkeeper who conceded the 31 goals against Australia a decade earlier, and a member of Samoa's third gender, the fa'afafine, who lives 24/7 as a woman. To complicate matters further, the team's best player has been posted 6000 miles away by the US military.
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