Beating out established players like Luis Figo and Ronaldo, Parminder Nagra won the 2002 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)'s International Football Personality of the Year Presidential award, the first female to ever receive the honor.
Although football star David Beckham and the term "bend" are well-known in the U.K., they were virtually unknown in the U.S. As such, when the time came for the film's U.S release, 20th Century Fox marketing execs suggested changing the title to "Move it like Mia", alluding to U.S. football star Mia Hamm. Director Gurinder Chadha objected to the name change and the film was released with its original title.
Much of the movie's plot centers around the main characters' goal of going to the USA to play professional soccer for the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), and highlight clips are shown of several of the league's superstars. On 18 September 2003 - just seven weeks after the movie's official release in the United States - WUSA suspended operations due to financial problems.
The team that Manchester United are playing at the beginning is the Belgian side RSC Anderlecht. The game we can see in the movie was a group stage game of the UEFA Champions League, held at the Old Trafford in Manchester on 13 September 2000. Manchester United won 5-1.