Crossdressing is a recurrent Shakespeare theme, yet to the best of my knowledge, none of his heroines ever dressed as a man to join a football team.
However, as much as he was a misogynist, he was also quick to adapt a storyline to fit his purposes, so this version might have sat well with him.
From my favourite Shakespeare play ('Twelfth Night') this film has kept the crossdressing, the proper names, the twins, the messaging back and forth, the famous Malvolio quote and the crisscrossing couples of unrequited love.
Unfortunately, it also contains lousy acting, silly dialogue and some pathetically ridiculous costumes.
Much as I do love a Shakespeare play, I have to recommend 'Bend It Like Beckham' instead of this.