This Is Football Docuseries Launching on Amazon Prime Video


Amazon Prime Video has secured This Is Football, a six-part documentary series produced by the British indie October Films in collaboration with the Spanish TV and film production house Brutal Media and Starbucks.

Written and co-created by John Carlin (Invictus) and based on an original idea by Carlin and Raimon Masllorens, This Is Football explores the world’s most popular sport and unpacks how it grips and unifies billions from all across the globe. The episodes will tackle such themes as redemption, belief, chance, love, pride and wonder while covering football’s role in rebuilding the soul of Rwanda after the genocide, the rise of women’s football, how Iceland’s football team became underdog favorites, Lionel Messi’s genius and more. The series will launch exclusively on Prime Video in more than 200 countries on August 2.

Vernon Sanders, co-head of television at Amazon Studios, said: “The universal appeal of football is something we know resonates strongly with the Amazon Prime Video audience worldwide, so I’m delighted that we are able to bring this fascinating six-part series of unique stories about the world’s most talked about sport exclusively to Prime Video. We’re thrilled to add This Is Football to our stable of award-winning docuseries and live sports for Prime Video audiences around the world.”

Gina Woods, senior VP of public affairs for Starbucks, said: “Starbucks’ mission of inspiring and nurturing the human spirit brings customers and partners together in our stores every day. While we do this through coffee, football has a similar ability to unite people around the world across boundaries of age, background and beliefs. It’s this shared spirit of connection and values that drew us to the project and we’re thrilled to share it with our partners and customers around the world.”

Adam Bullmore, managing director of October Films and executive producer of This Is Football, commented: “Football is now a universal language and everywhere you look, football is touching lives and inspiring us in remarkable ways. So, we’re thrilled to be partnering with Amazon Studios and Starbucks to bring these stories to a global audience.”

Masllorens, CEO of Brutal Media and executive producer of This Is Football, added: “We cannot be more proud to have teamed up with our amazing partners for such a great match. It’s really a dream come true that one of our most beloved projects, cooked in-house for such a long time, is now a top-tier TV series that will get to every home in the world. Thanks to this teamwork, I’m sure This Is Football will spread the magic of football and its human stories among diverse and massive audiences around the globe.”

Joe Roth, executive producer of This Is Football, said: “This is a fantastic series of stories that begin to explain why it’s the world’s most popular sport.”