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, and she was 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 executives 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.
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.
Many of the wedding guests in the movie were relatives of director Gurinder Chadha, and they added realism by throwing themselves wholeheartedly into the scenes, treating the shoot as if it were a real wedding.
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.
The chauffeur driver of the Rolls Royce in the wedding scene was not an actor, but an actual chauffeur, and was unaware he was in a film. He believed instead that it was simply a wedding with a lot of cameras. It was only discovered he was in the film when, to their surprise, one of his relatives saw him in the background.
The team that Manchester United are playing at the beginning is the Belgian side RSC Anderlecht. The game shown 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.