Matthew McConaughey to play champion football coach in new film

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Matthew McConaughey is set to play U.S Women's football coach, Bill Kinder (Image: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)
Matthew McConaughey is set to play U.S Women's football coach, Bill Kinder (Image: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)
When Coach Bill Kinder brought the Dallas Sting to China in 1984, he had no idea the impact his team would have on women's soccer (known as football to the rest of the world).

China had invited America to send its women’s football team to play in the FIFA tournament, which the accepted despite one small issue – they didn’t have a national women’s football team.

So they sent Kinder’s 19-and-under team of Dallas high school girls, called the Dallas Sting. The team beat Australia 2-0 in the final and became the first American soccer team, men’s or women’s, to win a major international tournament.

“From that, the U.S. Soccer Federation decided we’ve got something in girl’s soccer,” Kinder said. “And started the Women’s National Team from that event.”

In the new film McConaughey plays Bill Kinder, an Oklahoma native who had no prior soccer coaching experience.

 “I think he’s a great choice because he’s a great actor, and he won’t have to work on his accent!” said Kinder. 

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