Synopsis by Nathan Southern
The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) may well qualify as the single most unusual soccer league in the world. A team with no official homeland, no fixed domestic league and players and coaches who reside tens of thousands of miles apart, the PFA nevertheless has transcended all odds, earning the coveted FIFA recognition in 1998 and ascending 70 ranks over the course of several years. With their documentary Goal Dreams, filmmakers Jeffrey Saunders and Maya Sanbar pay homage to the PFA, with an inside glimpse of the league's activities as it prepares for the venerable 2006 World Cup - battling such obstacles as domestic game suspension (thanks to an Israeli Air Strike) and the coaches' need to harmonize the ethnic and cultural diversity of their players into a fluid, effective and victorious team.
Palestinian [nationality], soccer