“I miss ball sports,” my partner texts to me from self-isolation. And after plans to spend winter in packed stadiums watching the local football as well as eagerly watching the Olympics from the television, I had to agree.
Following the cancellation of worldwide live-sport including the AFL, NBA and the Olympics, even the likes of ESPN and sports commentators are struggling to report past the current pandemic. But just as triumphantly as the Australia women’s national cricket team’s win at the T20 World Cup this past summer, Netflix is providing a slew of sporting content to scratch that itch.
Across basketball, soccer, MMA, cycling, football and motorsports, a series of documentaries and films will hit the service (if it hasn’t already). Scroll below for the lineup to tune into. And thank us later.
PSA: Mark 6:01 PM AEDT Monday 20 April in your calendars as The Last Dance debuts on Netflix!
Q Ball – Documentary
The inmates on the San Quentin Warriors basketball team search for redemption from their troubled pasts. In a place where freedom is taken away, the game provides a path forward.
One in a Billion – Documentary
One in a Billion follows the global journey of Satnam Singh Bhamara from his home of Ballo Ke, a farming village in rural India, to the bright lights of New York City as he attempts to change history.
#Rucker50 – Documentary
During a pro basketball lockout, a sports agent pitches a rookie basketball client on an intriguing and controversial business proposition. As a young scientist searches for a way to save a dying Earth, she finds a connection with a man who’s racing to catch the last shuttle off the planet.
Coach Carter – Film based on True Story
In 1999, Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) returns to his old high school in Richmond, California, to get the basketball team into shape. With tough rules and academic discipline, he succeeds in setting the players on a winning streak. But when their grades start to suffer, Carter locks them out of the gym and shuts down their championship season. When he is criticised by the players and their parents, he sticks to his guns, determined that they excel in class as well as on the court.
The Carter Effect – Documentary
Vince Carter, the 6-foot-6-inch eight-time NBA All-Star from Daytona Beach, Florida, makes waves in the Canadian basketball scene when he joins the Raptors in 1998.
F1 Drive to Survive S1 & S2 – Docu-series
The series is a gripping, high-octane 10 part series which is the first to give exclusive and intimate access to the greatest racing competition in the world. From the makers of Senna and Amy, this series will reveal the true story of the sport – not only the fight to be number 1, but the battle for the heart, soul, and direction of this multi-billion-dollar business.
‘A Life of Speed’ on Juan Manuel Fangio – Documentary
In the early 1960s, Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari went to war on the battlefield of Le Mans. This epic battle saw drivers lose their lives, family dynasties nearly collapse and the development of a new race car that changed racing. A documentary of Fangio’s life with his own testimony.
Fastest Car – Reality TV Series
In each hour-long episode, 3 souped-up “sleeper” cars, tinkered with and lovingly labored on go head to head with one of the world’s most sought-after supercars. Don’t believe a 1984 Honda CRX can beat a Ferrari California? Or a 2011 Pontiac minivan will leave a Porsche GT3 in its rearview mirror? There is a whole subculture which begs to differ.
The 24 War – Documentary
Automobile magnates Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari develop a fierce rivalry at the Le Mans during the 1960s.
Williams – Documentary
Charting the story of Formula One’s most celebrated family, Williams is a thrilling account of how one man built a racing empire and a vivid, heart-rending portrait of the aftermath of a tragedy. Starting life with nothing other than a single-minded obsession for speed, Sir Frank Williams created one of the world’s most enduring Formula One racing teams, winning nine Constructors’ Championships over the last 40 years. But in 1986 at the height of this success, a near fatal car accident left Frank fighting to survive and the team’s future hanging in the balance.
‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’ – Docu-series
The much anticipated returning series focuses on new owner Stewart Donald and Executive Director Charlie Methven as they attempt to save the club from financial ruin and haul the football club out of the third tier of the English leagues. The six-part documentary provides unprecedented access into the inner workings of Sunderland A.F.C.; from the board to the admin staff and the first team to the fans, in an enduring image of passion and aspiration.
The Perfect Day – Film
French soccer fans, celebrities and athletes retrace the exhilarating events of July 12, 1998, as France earned a historic win in the World Cup final.
First Team: Juventus – Docu-series
First team: Juventus a Netflix original 6 episodes docu-series follows the most compelling stories and characters in the club during the 2017-2018 season, spending time with the players both on and off the field, on the road, at home and wherever it takes to capture in depth the real lives that make Juventus one of the most fascinating teams in the world.
Bobby Robson – More than a manager – Documentary
Explore the life and times of legendary soccer manager Bobby Robson, whose keen mind for the game was matched only by his devotion to his teams.
Concrete Football – Documentary
The development of professional soccer worldwide owes a great debt to the soccer – or “football” – that is played on the streets of France.
Becoming Champions – Docu-series
This series looks at the stories behind the athletes and countries that have achieved World Cup champion status.
Last Chance U – Docu-series
Netflix’s critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated series Last Chance U returns to give viewers an intense, unfiltered look at the junior college football program at Independence Community College (ICC). Entering his third season with ICC and second season on Last Chance U, Coach Brown has assembled a team that looks sure to compete for a national championship, but a disastrous season on the field puts a spotlight on all of the ugliness of college football that winning tends to polish over.
QB1: Beyond The Lights – Docu-series
QB1: Beyond the Lights is an 2017 American documentary web television TV series directed by Peter Berg. Each season focuses on three high school quarterbacks from different backgrounds as they play their final season before moving on to NCAA Division
The Least Expected Day: Inside the Movistar Team (Cycling) – Docu-series
Pro cycling’s Movistar Team sets their sights on victory while on the road as they face challenges, controversy and internal conflict.
Icarus (Cycling) – Documentary
In his Oscar-winning film, an American cyclist plunges into a vast doping scandal involving a Russian scientist — Putin’s most wanted whistleblower.
LOSERS – Docu-series
Losers is a 30-minute, prestige sports docu-series which examines our complex relationship with failure. We live in a winner take all society where losing is laughed off, dismissed and shamed. But what do we miss when we turn our back on the lessons that failure gives us? Season One of Losers takes the viewfinder of sport to deeply examine these attitudes and subverts the very psychology of losing. Subsequent seasons could explore subjects beyond the world of sports.
Through my Father’s Eyes: The Rhonda Rousey Story (UFC) – Documentary
The life and career of Olympic judoka and MMA superstar Ronda Rousey.
FEARLESS (Professional Bull Riding) – Docu-series
Fearless, a Netflix original docu-series, follows a group of professional bull riders at the top of their sport. Hailing from homegrown roots in the United States and Brazil, Fearless chronicles the rider’s journeys through the U.S. riding circuit to the massive Barretos event in Sao Paulo and ultimately the World Championships in Las Vegas.
Ronnie Coleman: The King (Bodybuilding) – Documentary
Ronnie Coleman wins the Mr. Olympia title eight times to become one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time.
Fight World (MMA) – Docu-series
Frank Grillo makes an enthusiastic host in Netflix’s new original documentary series Fightworld. The 53-year-old actor is shredded, grizzled, and a lifelong fight fan; the perfect guide for a five-part tour through the world’s richest fighting cultures.