21 episodes

Bex Smith flips the script on women's football, speaking to some of the biggest names in the game.
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Bex Smith flips the script on women's football, speaking to some of the biggest names in the game.
Brought to you by BBC Sport and COPA90.

    Gilly Flaherty and Ria Percival

    Gilly Flaherty and Ria Percival

    West Ham captain Gilly Flaherty and New Zealand international Ria Percival join Bex Smith for a look at the art of defending.
    They look at the unique pressure defenders face, explain the types of players they fear most and discuss the qualities needed to become a top class defender.
    The pair also talk about playing in major competitions at the age of just 15, and their love of baking!

    • 49 min
    Emma Hayes and Pia Sundhage

    Emma Hayes and Pia Sundhage

    In the week of the Champions League final, Chelsea manager Emma Hayes joins the podcast, along with current Brazil head coach Pia Sundhage.

    The pair discuss their respective philosophies and why they got into coaching, including the roles of geese, cooking and international politics.

    And Emma gives us an insight into how her Chelsea team have come to dominate this season.

    • 52 min
    Marissa Callaghan and Julie Nelson

    Marissa Callaghan and Julie Nelson

    Fresh from helping Northern Ireland reach their first major finals, captain Marissa Callaghan and record-appearance holder Julie Nelson join Bex Smith to discuss their achievements.
    They recall the national team restarting with a budget of £4,000, and meeting Mia Hamm and the USA team at the Algarve Cup in 2004.
    The pair then recount their dramatic qualification for Euro 2022 and look ahead to next summer's tournament and beyond.

    • 54 min
    Rachel Yankey and Karen Carney

    Rachel Yankey and Karen Carney

    Two of English football's ground-breakers join the podcast this week. Rachel Yankey and Karen Carney have the inside track on being part of Arsenal's quadruple winners, the challenges of punditry and the rise of the Women's Super League. We also hear from Rachel on minibuses, and meeting Thierry Henry in Selfridges.

    • 53 min
    Caroline Weir + Lisa Evans

    Caroline Weir + Lisa Evans

    This week we have two Scottish superstars on the podcast - Manchester City's Caroline Weir and Arsenal's Lisa Evans.

    We talk everything from, team trips abroad, playing on the boy's team, role models and Scottish humour.

    • 51 min
    Ali Riley + Toni Pressley

    Ali Riley + Toni Pressley

    On this week’s episode we hear from Orlando Pride team mates Ali Riley and Toni Pressley.

    The pair talk about their transition to veganism and the effects it has on their performances on and off the pitch.

    And listen out for a musical cameo from Toni’s fiancé, (one of the worlds best footballers) Marta!

    • 50 min

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