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Switching Goals 

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Girly girl Emma and tomboy Sam are 13-year-old teenagers, who are identical, personality-opposite twins, join a soccer team so they might switch places.


David Steinberg





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mary-Kate Olsen ... Samantha 'Sam' Stanton
Ashley Olsen ... Emma Stanton
Kathryn Greenwood ... Denise Stanton
Joe Grifasi ... Dave
Trevor Blumas ... Greg Jeffries
Eric Lutes ... Jerry Stanton
Keith Knight ... Willard Holmes
Jake LeDoux Jake LeDoux ... Richie
Robert Clark ... Helmet Head
Brian Heighton Brian Heighton ... Jim
Ted Atherton ... Mitch
Vito Rezza Vito Rezza ... Sal
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Arden
Michael Lamport ... Adrian
Jesse Farb Jesse Farb ... Oscar


Jerry Stanton's pride and joy is successfully coaching the Hurricanes, one of the six competing school soccer teams, sponsored by his employer's sports equipment shop. When the competition goes co-ed, he panics, but relies on Samantha 'Sam', the tomcat among his twin daughters, as not-disastrous girl in his team. Alas, partially due to wife Denise, a psychologist, the team-picking goes pear-shaped, the Hurricanes get stuck with fashionista twin Emma. So he eagerly accepts when the sisters spontaneously suggests secretively trading places, but Denise and attractive boys compromise keeping the charade up. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

12 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ataque ou Defesa See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Switching Goals" is the first of two projects in which Eric Lutes plays the on-screen father of twin characters played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The second project in which the three co-starred together was the TV series "So Little Time" (2001). See more »


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Predictable. Kids only.
12 November 2000 | by PigwidgeonSee all my reviews

Switching Goals is pure mindless entertainment. It is a movie made purely for Olsen fans only, since most football shots feature mostly them. Funny enough, even though the movie says that the football teams go co-ed, Mary-Kate and Ashley seem to be the only girls in their teams. It's weird how the entire film seems to be banking merely on the girls' presence. The storyline is rather predictable, and using the switching identity tactic in twins is seriously very boring. The only upside to Switching Goals however is that it makes very good family entertainment. Ok, make that families with very young kids.

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