Leave it to a bunch of soccer moms in New Jersey to get fed up with watching their kids get all the glory of kicking some balls. New York Times sports columnist Harvey Araton’s book, Alive and Kicking: When Soccer Moms Take the Field and Change Their Lives Forever (2007) chronicled the lives of these women and now soccer superstar (and total hottie) Mia Hamm will be producing the film version.
The book centers on a New Jersey suburb where the mothers of young soccer players struggle with their involvement in the game. A description of the book notes:
As a girl who grew up in AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) and later played soccer in the 2006 Gay Games, no one has to tell me twice to watch a movie about women’s soccer — even if it’s a field filled with Bon Jovi-loving, Aqua Net-sprayed hair wearing mamas. In fact, I’d like to think about who to cast in the film. Is Fran Drescher too obvious? I wonder if Marisa Tomei would be available or Kathy Najimy? How about a little Catherine and/or Elizabeth Keener action? Who can you picture in a role like this?
The president supports soccer moms
I can’t imagine my Mom or stepmom putting some cleats on, kicking a ball around a field or actually scoring a goal but I would be the first person to cart them there, put out some orange slices and Capri Sun juice boxes.