New behind-the-scenes documentary spotlights first female Ballon d’Or Award winner
Chronicles her decision – and ensuing backlash – to step away from 2019 Women’s World Cup
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My Name is Ada Hegerberg, a new all-access documentary film featuring Norwegian National Team and Olympique Lyonnais soccer star Ada Hegerberg, gives fans an intimate look at her decision to opt out of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in protest of unequal treatment of women by the Norwegian Football Federation.
For the first time since stepping away from the World Cup, Hegerberg tells her story, showing fans the origins of her love of soccer growing up in a small Norwegian town, how she emerged as the best female soccer player in the world and won the first-ever Ballon d’Or Féminin in 2018, and her wrenching decision and the resulting international controversy and backlash she endured later that year.
Video: My Name is Ada Hegerberg trailer.
Produced by Relevent Sports Group in partnership with Film 45, the full-length documentary was directed by Jackie Decker and Tim Mullen, who have produced and edited many acclaimed and award-winning films including Showtime’s All Access: Fury vs. Wilder, Seaver, The Match: Tiger vs. Phil, Danica, and Quest for the Stanley Cup on ESPN+.
“It has been an honor to be a part of telling Ada’s remarkable and brave story in this inspiring film,” said Executive Producer Daniel Sillman. “Ada is not only world-class on the field, but off the field, too. Her ability to understand the power of her platform to impact change, putting her career on the line, is a powerful lesson in standing up for what’s right. There is not a better platform than ESPN+ to introduce Ada to America.”
The film’s premiere on ESPN+ coincides with a Division 1 Féminine match tomorrow on ESPN+ (Friday 11/20 at 3 p.m. ET) featuring the French league’s top two teams and biggest rivalry in Hegerberg’s Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain. Hegerberg will not be on pitch for the defending D1 Féminine and Champions League title holders, as she recovers from a knee injury suffered last season.
Also, in an espnW interview with ESPN’s Sarah Spain, Hegerberg talks about how she is still dealing with criticism surrounding her decision to opt out of the World Cup and why My Name is Ada Hegerberg demonstrates the push and pull of joy and frustration the soccer star continues to experience.
About Relevent Sports Group
Relevent Sports Group (RSG) is one of the most influential privately-owned international soccer companies. It’s focused on growing the popularity of the sport in North America and Asia. RSG delivers exceptional multi-platform experiences and access for fans across the International Champions Cup, Women’s International Champions Cup, and the International Champions Cup Futures tournaments featuring the top soccer clubs. RSG invests in and develops platforms to accelerate the growth of soccer including the first-of-its-kind joint venture with LaLiga to grow the popularity and value of the league in North America.
My Name is Ada Hegerberg is the first full-length documentary produced by Relevent Sports Group, highlighting the international soccer company’s commitment to growing the women’s game. RSG owns and operates the Women’s International Champion Cup (WICC), the international women’s soccer tournament with top teams from around the world competing on U.S. soil. Relevent Sports Group will debut the inaugural WICC Best XI team to recognize athletes, executives, journalists and coaches who are doing the most to advance women’s soccer, and next summer it will host the third Women’s International Champions Cup, featuring the top international clubs and teams from the NWSL.
About Film 45
Film 45 is an Emmy Award-winning production company, dedicated to the creation of non-scripted entertainment and branded content for film, television and streaming platforms. Film 45 is an Endeavor Content company.
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