Soccer Dog: The Movie

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Soccer Dog: The Movie
Film Poster
Directed byTony Giglio
Produced byJohn H. Brister
Tony Giglio
Written byDaniel Forman
StarringJames Marshall
Olivia d'Abo
Jeremy Foley
Burton Gilliam
Sam McMurray
Music byVictoria Dolceamore
CinematographyChristopher Duddy
Edited byAlan Z. McCurdy
Callisto Entertainment
John Brister Productions
Watershed Entertainment
Distributed byColumbia TriStar Home Video
Eagle Pictures
Release date
  • February 1, 1999 (1999-02-01)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$500,000 (Est.)[1]

Soccer Dog: The Movie is a 1999 American made-for-TV comedy film that follows a dog who has an uncanny ability to play soccer. The film stars James Marshall and Olivia d'Abo. It was written by Daniel Forman and co-produced and directed by Tony Giglio.


The movie begins with a now grown-up Alden (James Marshall) telling the story of his childhood in an orphanage, and how his parents set him on the steps of the Pelton Orphan home. He says that 'soccer was the only thing that made his life easier'. When he was too old to stay in the orphanage, he went out and married his wife Elena (Olivia d'Abo).

Alden misses his days of soccer, so he reasons that the only way to enjoy it was to have a son to play it with. Alden and Elena go to the Pelton Orphanage, where Alden has to face the mean headmaster. He and Elena adopt Clay (Jeremy Foley). They bring Clay home, and Clay isn't really into the spirit of things. Meanwhile, the setting shows a little boy playing with his dog, Kimble (who actually turns out to be Lincoln) in the park, then throws the ball over the fence of a construction site.

The evil dogcatcher, Damon Fleming (Billy Drago) catches 'Kimble' and takes him to the pound. The next day, Alden learns that Clay doesn't know how to play soccer. Clay goes to practice and is confused that his coach, Coach Shaw, who doesn't really know anything about soccer. He tells the team he wants 100% from each of them from each quarter, and Sonny (whose father is a rich fat guy with two bodyguards) points out that in soccer there are no quarters, just two halves. Coach Shaw gets irritated and tells Sonny that there is no A in team, then spells it T-E...go take a lap. (Coach Shaw has a nasty habit of telling his players to go take a lap when he says something wrong and he knows they are right.)

Behind the scenes, when the dogcatcher goes to take a head count of the dogs, he finds Kimble isn't there, and finds he has escaped through a sewage hole in the floor under his mat. Kimble is seen running away and removing the orange tag on his right leg. After that, the coach is explaining that soccer is a game of 'hand eye coordination'. Clay raises his hand to ask a question, but is deterred by Vince (Kyle Gibson), who tells him not to bother and that 'daddy has a feeling baby was dropped on his head when he was a baby'.

Meanwhile, the dogcatcher sets out to find Kimble and, while eating a blade of grass, finds the orange tag Kimble tore off. On the other hand, Clay is walking back home from practice when Vince catches up with him. They talk a little, but Clay doesn't really understand Vince because he calls people 'baby' and calls himself 'daddy'. That's when Clay spots Kimble digging in a flower bed and calls to him, and Kimble comes. Later that night, at dinner, Elena wants Clay to take violin lessons, and she and Alden argue. Clay excuses himself to go feed Kimble, who he has named Lincoln and hid in his bathroom. Alden thinks that Clay is not feeling welcome, so he comes into Clay's bedroom to find he was hiding a dog.

In the middle of the soccer season, Sonny's dad thinks that Vince is getting too 'hot' and that if he keeps showing off, Sonny was to give him a food poisoning pill. Sonny drops it in Vince's drink and Vince can't play. Lincol, runs out on the field and the Coach appoints him to play. The referee tells a really old lady to check the book of soccer rules, which is a 7 inch tall book. The rules state that Lincoln can play for the team. Lincoln scores a goal minutes afterwards. At the end of the season, the team wins the championship. Lincoln's original owners take their dog back, but Clay gets a puppy at the end that looks exactly like Lincoln. The dogcatcher disappears, and Alden becomes the coach of the Stampede.



On Rotten Tomatoes, Soccer Dog: The Movie currently holds 63% of audience score.[2]


Soccer Dog: The Movie was followed by a sequel, Soccer Dog: European Cup (2004).


  1. ^ "Budget". IMDB. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  2. ^ "SOCCER DOG: THE MOVIE (1999)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 3 July 2017.

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