Much of this movie's plot centers around the main characters' goal of going to the United States 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 September 18, 2003, just seven weeks after the movie's official release in the U.S., WUSA suspended operations due to financial problems.
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.
A rumor regarding the film purports that by the end of the movie, Jess and Jules were originally supposed to become a couple. However, in no iteration of the script were the two ever romantically paired.
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 (soccer) star Mia Hamm. Director Gurinder Chadha objected to the name change and the film was released with its original title.
Many of the wedding guests in this movie were relatives of director Gurinder Chadha, and they were added realism by throwing themselves wholeheartedly into the scenes and treating the shoot as if it were a real wedding.
The team that Manchester United are playing at the beginning of the movie is the Belgian side RSC Anderlecht. The game we can see in the film was a group stage game of the UEFA Champions League, held at the Old Trafford in Manchester on September 13, 2000. Manchester United won 5-1.