Synopsis: Santiago's father, Hernan Munez, smuggled his penniless Mexican family over the US border to seek a better, albeit modest future in L.A. Eldest son Santiago dreams of more, like native Angelinos, then joining Hernan's gardening firm. His change arrives when a British ex-pro spots him as an exceptional soccer natural and promises he can arrange a real British talent scout to check him out. Although that falls trough and dad forbids it, Santiago accepts grandma's savings to try out with English premier league club Newcastle. Despite his asthma, he gets in and befriends the freshly transferred, desperately undisciplined bad boy star scorer, party animal Gavin Harris, who becomes his bothersome house-mate, a recipe for trouble and yet each's salvation.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Director(s): Danny Cannon
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  1 win & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min


Get your things.




What are you waiting for?


Remain where you are.

This is the United States border patrol.

Remain where you are.

Remain where you are.


Leave the ball.

Leave the stupid ball. Come on.

This is the United States border patrol.

Los Angeles. Ten years later


Stop goofing off.

Load up the truck.

Right now.

He's so hot.

Santiago. Where have you been?

We're already one down.

Only one?

How's the diet going?

What are you doing?

I don't want anybody hurt.

No shin pads. No game. Get off.

See you.


How did you do? You play well?

Well. We won 4-2. Scored a couple.

Should have got another one.

In Spanish.

What's the deal with Dad?

He wants to buy a truck of his own.


So you can work for yourselves.

Munez and son. Eh?

That's what he wants for us?

- There's always plan B.

- Which one is that?

The American Dream.

We win the lottery.

What happened?

He wants too much.

Too bad.

You have to eat something.


Hey. Boss. I've been a busboy now

for six months. Why can't I be a waiter?

This Chinese restaurant.

You're not Chinese.

So? This is America.

You're American. I'm American.

- You have green card?

- If I had one. Could I be a waiter?

No. You're not Chinese.

Tommy. Hold your position.

Tommy. You're supposed

to be on the wing.

It's not the Cup Final.

He's seven years old.

You're never too young. Val.

To be honest. I don't think

Tom's that into soccer.

That's b... Oh.


- Hey. Watch out.

- Go on. Tom.


- He's quite a player.

- Yes. He is.

- Did you teach him to do that?

- God taught him.

He doesn't look right.

His balance is all wrong.

Doesn't look up enough.

Doesn't lift his legs high enough.

That's what all the other teams think.

Then that happens.

Well played. Son.

Do you ever play professional?

Well... pro teams go for college kids and...

none of us went to college.

- When's your next game?

- Saturday.

There's someone I bumped into

on the plane on the way over here.

I want him to see you play.

He's a sports agent.

I'm serious. I think you're worth it. Son.

Listen. No offence.

But I need to get to work.

I used to play a bit myself.

- Yeah? Where?

- England.

I was a scout too.

I know what I'm talking about.

- England?

- What's your name. Son?

- Santiago Munez.

- Glen Foy.

I'll see you Saturday. Santiago.


Movie stars have agents.

What's an agent

supposed to do with you?

Do you know something?

Your boy's really good.

He could be a star.

Don't you get it?

There are two types of people

in this world.

Those that live in big houses

and people like us.

Who cut their lawns

and wash their cars.

That could change

if I become a professional player.

What are you saying?

You play in a park with a bunch of guys

who work in a car wash.

I don't know. Meet this guy and

everything could change. For the better.

I know how to make things better.

We buy a truck.

We make our own business.

The rest is rubbish.

Another beer.

Baseball. Tennis. Soccer. Basketball.

All at the touch of a button.

Experience the thrill of the game from

the comfort of your home environment.

- Barry. Is this a good moment?

- No time like the present.

So he's a young Mexican kid

from the barrio.

He dazzled me. I tell you. Barry.

As you know. I don't dazzle easily.

The last time was a young kid

called Jermain Defoe.

- I'd rather not talk about that. Glen.

- So he's playing on Saturday afternoon.

Some college downtown.

Right. Tell me exactly where it is

and I'll be there 110%.

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

Adrian Butchart

Adrian Butchart is an award winning British screenwriter and film producer. In 2003 Butchart wrote his first film I Love Your Work with actor and director Adam Goldberg. The film's cast included Giovanni Ribisi, Christina Ricci, Joshua Jackson, Jason Lee, Vince Vaughn and Elvis Costello. Butchart next co-wrote the film Goal! with veteran British writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. It is the story of a young illegal immigrant Santiago Munez, rising from poverty to become one of the World's greatest players. It was released by Disney and shown in 38 countries worldwide.Butchart also co-wrote of the sequel, Goal! 2: Living the Dream..., the second part of Santiago's story in which he plays for the glamorous Galacticos of Real Madrid. The movie became another global hit, released by Buena Vista (Walt Disney Company) and featured a host of stars including David Beckham. As a producer he has multiple credits including the 2008 horror/thriller From Within and the 2012 dramedy Lost Angeles. Won the Best Film award for From Within at the 2008 Solstice Film Festival and continues to be active in film and television with multiple projects in development. more…

All Adrian Butchart scripts | Adrian Butchart Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018


Translate and read this script in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Український (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss this Goal! script with the community:


Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


"Goal!" Scripts.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 29 May 2020. <https://www.scripts.com/script/goal%21_9064>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

Watch the movie trailer


The Marketplace:

Sell your Script !

Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!

The Studio:

ScreenWriting Tool

Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.