Undefeated French Soccer Club Has A Documentary On The Way
The Olympique Lyonnais Féminin is the most successful women’s soccer team in the world, with 13 consecutive domestic league titles and six UEFA Women’s Champions League titles, including the last four in a row. United States Women’s National Team superstar, Megan Rapinoe, played for them in the 2013-2014 season.
The team is currently composed of superstars. ⅔ of the team is from their home country of France, but have players from as far as Japan and Australia. Some of the most notable names include Ada Hegerberg, a Norwegian goal-scoring powerhouse who won the Ballon d’Or in 2018, and Eugénie Le Sommer who was voted the best soccer player by the National Professional Football players Union in 2015.
Their success is remarkable. So much so that film writer Stéphanie Gillard created a movie about their successful 2018/19 season. The documentary, titled Les Joueuses – Pas Là Pour Danser (The players- Not Here To Dance), follows the team’s day-to-day lives through the course of that season.
That might seem like a funny title for a movie about one of the best soccer teams in the world, but it comes in response to a question asked to Hegerberg when she won the Ballon d’Or, the most prestigious award in all of soccer. A reporter asked her if she could twerk, live on camera while she accepted the award. Gillard says that reporters in France compared these female soccer players to dancers, rather than professional athletes.
The film came out in France on September 9th, 2020. With their new found fame on the screen, the Olympique Lyonnais Féminin look to continue their success for the future on the pitch. Using the film as a stepping stone to show the realities of being a female soccer player on one of the best teams in the world, and create goals for future soccer stars to come.