A Pro Soccer Player and Local Coach Go Toe-to-Toe in Hallmark Channel's 'A Winning Team'

Kristoffer Polaha and Nadia Hatta star this charming rom-com, a professional soccer player gets sidelined and butts heads with her niece's coach.

In keeping with their promise to have more diverse cast in their films, Hallmark Media is taking it one step further by ensuring behind-the-camera staff is diverse as well. Their newly minted Make Her Mark Women's Directing Program is a mentorship program aiming at bringing more women behind the camera to helm Hallmark films. The inaugural candidate is Signed, Sealed, Delivered actress, Crystal Lowe, who is of Chinese-Scottish descent. The upcoming film, A Winning Team includes Asians in the cast (Nadia Hatta, Raugu Yu, Niki Garcia) as well as behind the camera (director Jason Furukawa, writer Ronee Uyeshiro).

Here's everything we know about A Winning Team including a Parade.com exclusive sneak peek!

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What is A Winning Team about?

After getting fired for lack of sportsmanship, disgraced pro soccer player Emily Chen (Hatta) travels home at the behest of her widowed brother, Brandon (Yu) and niece, Ava (Garcia).

When she accidentally injures Ava’s coach, Ian Vermette (Kristoffer Polaha), she covers for him and leads Ava’s team into the playoffs. Ian takes a Ted Lasso approach to coaching where winning isn't everything while Emily's competitive nature wants to win-win-win. With a shot at the championship at stake, their differing coaching styles threaten their objective, but as they begin to warm up to each other on and off the field, they each make strides toward healing old wounds. But when Emily gets an offer from her old coach to return, their romantic relationship is threatened. Can these two get back on the same team before the big game?

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Meet the cast of A Winning Team

Nadia Hatta (Emily Chen)

Chen previously appeared opposite Hilary Swank in Netflix's series, Away. Along with English and Mandarin, Chen also speaks French and Italian.

Kristoffer Polaha (Ian Vermette)

Polaha is a familiar face to Hallmark viewers. He has starred in the Mystery 101 movies opposite Jill Wagner as well as several films on Hallmark Channel. Polaha most recently appeared on Jurassic World: Dominion and Wonder Woman 1984. He previously was a series regular on Backstrom opposite Rainn Wilson and The CW's Valentine

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When does A Winning Team premiere?

A Winning Team premieres on Saturday, Mar. 18 at 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.

When can I watch A Winning Team again?

Sunday, Mar. 19 at 3 p.m. ET
Thursday, Mar. 23 at 8 p.m. ET
Saturday, Mar. 25 at 12 p.m. ET
Friday, Mar. 31 at 6 p.m. ET
Monday, Apr. 17 at 12 p.m. ET
Saturday, Apr. 29 at 2 p.m. ET

Does Parade.com have a sneak peek of A Winning Team?

We sure do! Check out this Parade.com exclusive sneak peek of A Winning Team.

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