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Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid 

Chino-Fernandez
Updated June 14, 2019 4.6k votes 446 voters 9.6k views 31 items

Sure, your childhood baseball team was cool. But was it Sandlot cool? The guys over at Complex teed up the best fictional sports teams from movies that you totally wish you could have played for as a kid, and now it's your turn to vote!

In your younger years, you spent hours watching and re-watching the best sports movies ever made, especially the ones that featured all-star child athletes like you. If you modeled your after school street hockey team after the Mighty Ducks (and worked for hours perfecting your knucklepuck), or spent intense afternoons strategizing ways to beat the Monstars in a pick up basketball game, this list is for you.

Would you rather have a teammate like Michael Jordan or a coach like Denzel Washington? Since your dreams of combining all of these teams into one epic movie masterpiece have yet to be fulfilled (get on that, Hollywood!), it’s time to pick your favorite fictional sports teams.

Vote up the teams you would have given your entire allowance to join, and vote down the ones that suck harder than your biggest schoolyard rival. On this list of the greatest teams from sports movies for kids, there can only be one winning team. It’s up to you to decide.
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The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
They're more than a team. They're the best buddies in the entire history of the world., A piece of paradise a half block wide and a whole summer long.

Actors: James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen, Marley Shelton, Tom Guiry, + more

Released: 1993

Directed by: David M. Evans

The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy directed by David M. Evans, which tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer ...more

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The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid

Actors: Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli, George Coe, Marguerite Moreau, + more

Released: 1992

The Mighty Ducks is a 1992 American sports comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, starring Emilio Estevez. It was produced by Avnet–Kerner Productions and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It ...more

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Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
Get ready to jam.

Actors: Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Danny DeVito, + more

Released: 1996

Directed by: Joe Pytka

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DodgeBall: A True Underd... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
A true underdog story., Grab life by the ball.

Actors: Ben Stiller, Chuck Norris, Vince Vaughn, William Shatner, David Hasselhoff, + more

Released: 2004

Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber

DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, commonly referred to as DodgeBall, is a 2004 American sports comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Red Hour Productions, written and directed by Rawson ...more

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Major League is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid

Actors: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Rene Russo, Wesley Snipes, Dennis Haysbert, + more

Released: 1989

Directed by: David S. Ward

Major League is a 1989 American sports comedy film written and directed by David S. Ward, starring Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Dennis Haysbert, Wesley Snipes, James Gammon, Bob Uecker and ...more

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Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
They came together when their classmates and loved ones would not.

Actors: Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington, Kate Bosworth, Donald Faison, + more

Released: 2000

Directed by: Boaz Yakin

Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of ...more

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Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
One Dream. Four Jamaicans. Twenty Below Zero.

Actors: John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau, Raymond J. Barry, Peter Outerbridge, + more

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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Little Giants is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
For everyone who's waited to be chosen, and wasn't... your day has come.

Actors: Alexa Vega, Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill, Devon Sawa, Courtney Peldon, + more

Released: 1994

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

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The Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid

Actors: Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley, Walter Matthau, Vic Morrow, nm0943927, + more

Released: 1976

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

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Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
If you believe the impossible, the incredible can come true., All his life

Actors: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, + more

Released: 1989

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

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Varsity Blues is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
It takes a hero to know what's worth winning., Make your own rules., In a town where winning is everything

Actors: Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart, Jon Voight, James Van Der Beek, + more

Released: 1999

Directed by: Brian Robbins

Varsity Blues is a 1999 American coming-of-age sports comedy-drama film directed by Brian Robbins that follows a small-town high school football team and their overbearing coach through a ...more

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The Gryffindor Team is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
The Gryffindor Team
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Harlem Globe Trotters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
Harlem Globe Trotters
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Springfield Nuclear Plan... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
Springfield Nuclear Plant Softball Team in The Simpsons
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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
Hope comes alive

Actors: Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw, Billy Bob Thornton, Terry Funk, + more

Released: 2004

Directed by: Peter Berg

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Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid

Actors: Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey, Chelcie Ross, Robert Swan, + more

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Anspaugh

Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film directed by David Anspaugh. A coach with a checkered past (Gene Hackman) and a local drunk (Dennis Hopper) train a small town high school basketball team to become ...more

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A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
There's no crying in baseball!, Once in a lifetime you get a chance to do something different., To achieve the incredible you have to attempt the impossible.

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Released: 1992

Directed by: Penny Marshall

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Any Given Sunday is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
Life is a contact sport., Life is a contact sportmpaa_rating = R, This Christmas. It's Better To Give Than Receive.

Actors: Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, Wilt Chamberlain, Ann-Margret, + more

Released: 1999

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Any Given Sunday is a 1999 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone depicting a fictional professional American football team. The film features an ensemble cast, consisting of Al Pacino, ...more
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The Natural is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid

Actors: Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Barbara Hershey, + more

Released: 1984

Directed by: Barry Levinson

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
He always wanted to be special... but he never expected this!

Actors: Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton, Scott Paulin, Lorie Griffin, + more

Released: 1985

Directed by: Rod Daniel

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid

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Released: 2012

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Brink! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid

Actors: Erik von Detten, Geoffrey Blake, Christina Vidal, David Graf, Patrick Levis, + more

Released: 1998

Directed by: Greg Beeman

Brink! is a 1998 Disney Channel Original Movie set in the backdrop of aggressive inline skating.

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Air Bud is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
He Sits. He Stays. He Shoots. He Scores., The dog is in the house.

Actors: Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter, Wendy Makkena, Bill Cobbs, + more

Released: 1997

Directed by: Charles Martin Smith

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The Backyard Baseball Cr... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
The Backyard Baseball Crew
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Bring It On is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid
Her parents don't get it. Her boyfriend says forget it. The friends who voted her in now regret it. But does she got game? Bet on it.

Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union, Bianca Kajlich, Tsianina Joelson, + more

Released: 2000

Directed by: Peyton Reed

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