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Join Kait Borsay, Lynsey Hooper, and a host of guests are here to take you through the WSL and beyond

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    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Join Kait Borsay, Lynsey Hooper, and a host of guests are here to take you through the WSL and beyond

    100 years since women's football was banned

    100 years since women's football was banned

    Faye White, former captain of the Lionesses and Arsenal joins Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay to chat about who should be England captain, whether the Ballon D'Or got it right and who's going to win the upcoming FA Cup final.
    Plus, did you know women's football was banned in England from 1921-71? With the 100 year anniversary of that ban coming up we caught up with Gail Newsham, who played during that time and is an expert on the Dick Kerr Ladies who drew crowds of 50,000 before the 1921, along with Patricia Gregory, who was instrumental in ending the ban.
    RUNNING ORDER
    PART 1 - England 1 - 0 Austria (2.30)
    PART 2 - Ballon D'Or (13.45)
    PART 3 - Other news... Leicester City's manager, Kit Graham and Formiga (17.45)
    PART 4 - The ban on women's football with Gail Newsham and Patricia Gregory (23.30)
    PART 5 - 50 years of the FA Cup and the FA Cup final coming up (47.45)

    • 53 min
    The Raso effect, Kerrby's wonderousness and Lisa Evans

    The Raso effect, Kerrby's wonderousness and Lisa Evans

    Kait Borsay is joined by former Lioness, Sue Smith, and women's football correspondent for Goal, Amee Ruszkai, to chat through the weekend's WSL action, awards season and the internationals coming up.
    Should Arsenal have been given a second penalty instead of a free kick? Can Man City actually challenge for the third Champions League spot now? Who should win the upcoming Ballon D'or?
    Plus we hear from West Ham and Scotland's Lisa Evans who's preparing to face the Barcelona greats in the Spanish team!
    RUNNING ORDER
    PART 1 - Moments of the WSL with NOW! (3.00)
    PART 2a - Manchester United 0 - 2 Arsenal (5.00)
    PART 2b - Manchester City 5 - 0 Aston Villa (11.00)
    PART 3a - Reading 2 - 0 Brighton (17.45)
    PART 3b - West Ham 1 - 0 Tottenham (20.30)
    PART 3c - Chelsea 5 - 0 Birmingham City (23.15)
    PART 3d - Leicester City 0 - 1 Everton (28.45)
    PART 3e - Pick your top player from each WSL team and round-up of other results (31.30)
    PART 4 - Awards season (33.30)
    PART 5 - Upcoming internationals ft. Lisa Evans interview (38.00)

    • 49 min
    Setting the women's football world to rights with Eni Aluko

    Setting the women's football world to rights with Eni Aluko

    Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by former Lioness centurion and Sporting Director of Angel City from Aston Villa, Eni Aluko. They take you through the Women's Football Weekend WSL games and chat about what needs to change in women's football right now.
    Is Kait a secret Man City fan? Is there still a need for the Women's Football Weekend? For how long can we take money as an excuse for not getting things like VAR? And are women's football salaries growing too quickly?
    All that plus an exclusive interview from Simone Magill!
    RUNNING ORDER
    PART 1 - Angel City and Women's Football Weekend (1.00)
    PART 2 - Moments of the WSL with NOW! (12.00)
    PART 3a - Tottenham 1 - 1 Arsenal (14.45)
    PART 3b - Manchester City 0 - 4 Chelsea (22.45)
    PART 4a - Brighton 1 - 0 Leicester City (33.00)
    PART 4b - Everton 1 - 1 Manchester United (38.15)
    PART 4c - Simone Magill interview (43.45)
    PART 4d - Birmingham City 0 - 1 Aston Villa (50.15)
    PART 4e - West Ham 2 - 2 Reading (53.00)
    PART 5 - Growing the women's game (55.00)
    PART 6 - Coming up (1.09.30)

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Zone 14, the wind and Alessia Russo exclusive

    Zone 14, the wind and Alessia Russo exclusive

    Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by former Arsenal, Chelsea and England legend Katie Chapman to chat about all the WSL action as the league returns.
    What did Marc Skinner's hair have to do with Manchester United's result? How close are Brighton and Spurs to that third Champions League spot? And when will Leicester get their first WSL point?
    We also caught up with Manchester United's goal scorer Alessia Russo!
    Plus, if you're after more on the Arsenal vs West Ham game, do check out our bonus episode.
    RUNNING ORDER
    PART 1 - Moments of the WSL with NOW! (3.30)
    PART 2a - Tottenham 1 -1 Manchester United (8.00)
    PART 2b - Alessia Russo interview (15.15)
    PART 3 - Everton 0 - 1 Brighton (20.15)
    PART 4a - Leicester City 1 - 4 Manchester City (24.15)
    PART 4b - Aston Villa 0 - 1 Chelsea (29.45)
    PART 4c - Birmingham City 0 - 3 Reading (31.00)
    PART 5 - Other news, FSA survey on female fan experience and where are the women on Arsenal's new board? (34.30)
    PART 6 - Coming up ... it's Women's Football Weekend! (42.30)

    • 46 min
    BONUS EPISODE! The Kim Little Fan Club from Meadow Park

    BONUS EPISODE! The Kim Little Fan Club from Meadow Park

    Join Lynsey Hooper for a special episode from Meadow Park and get geared up for Women's Football Weekend as we bring you all the reaction from Arsenal 4-0 West Ham.
    Hear from Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall, player of the match Kim Little and from commentator extraordinaire Jacqui Oatley as they talk through all the big moments as Arsenal's 100% record continues.

    • 21 min
    Man City's mare, Everton's DNA match and Natasha Dowie exclusive

    Man City's mare, Everton's DNA match and Natasha Dowie exclusive

    Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper are joined by former Spurs legend Jenna Schillaci to talk through the FA Cup semi-finals, Lionesses and WSL action coming up.
    This week: Does Gareth Taylor need to take more responsibility for the role his tactics had to play in their loss to Chelsea? Is there a place for 10-0 scorelines in the women's game now? And what do we think of Everton's new manager Jean-Luc Vasseur?
    All that plus an exclusive interview with Reading's Natasha Dowie.
    RUNNING ORDER
    PART 1a - FA Cup semi-final: Manchester City 0 - 3 Chelsea (03.00)
    PART 1b - FA Cup semi-final: Arsenal 3 - 0 Brighton (11.30)
    PART 2 - The internationals... England 10 - 0 Latvia and Euro 2022 draw (17.45)
    PART 3a - Everton's new manager (24.30)
    PART 3b - WSL preview ft. exclusive interview with Reading's Natasha Dowie (28.00)

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Ari-G. ,

Helps to satisfy an urgent need.

Despite regularly listening to countless podcasts - I’ve never felt the need to write a review. This is a special case.

For a man who follows the WSL (particularly my beloved Chelsea) religiously; this podcast is required listening. There is a shocking dearth of content on the women’s game, which is a constant source of disappointment. Thankfully, there is the Offside Rule.

With its in-depth coverage and analysis of the league, interesting guests and constant mirth of the hosts - it has served to at least mollify my seething discontent with the lack of WSL coverage in the world.

Keep up the good work ladies...you’re fighting the good fight!

KirstiS73 ,

Top pod

What an excellent podcast this is. I can’t wait for it to come out each Tuesday here in Australia. I cook dinner listen to an excellent recap of the weeks games from Kait, Lynsey and their guests. They are often joined in their analysis by current and former players who provide really interesting insights into the WSL and the women’s game globally. Great interviews as well. I started listening for the World Cup and haven’t looked back. These ladies know their football.

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