Is inspired by events in the life of Elisabeth Shue while growing up (in the same town where the movie was filmed), who played soccer with the boys for as long as she could before turning her focus to gymnastics.
This is the first work of Andrew Shue as an actor after 9 years away from the profession.
The female lead was to be cast as part of a nationwide search for an unknown. After two months they went with Lizzie McGuire (2001) star Carly Schroeder who was chosen from over 2,000 girls for the character of Gracie.
Elisabeth Shue and Dermot Mulroney worked previously together in The Trigger Effect (1996).