178 episodes

Subscribe to this weekly soccer podcast hosted by comedian and ex-pro Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego as they celebrate the World's Game from an American Perspective. The boys at OTB delve into everything soccer from the latest action in the Premier League to the surging growth of the MLS, from the hysteria leading up to the 2024 World Cup to excitement, controversy and news coming from the USMNT and USWNT. OTB's expert hosts analyze the latest news, controversies, sensational plays, and standout moments of the week. With their immense knowledge and unwavering passion, these two soccer players turned obsessive fans leave no topic untouched. Step onto the pitch weekly with OTB and experience the world's game like never before.

Over The Ball with Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego

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    • 4.7 • 38 Ratings

Subscribe to this weekly soccer podcast hosted by comedian and ex-pro Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego as they celebrate the World's Game from an American Perspective. The boys at OTB delve into everything soccer from the latest action in the Premier League to the surging growth of the MLS, from the hysteria leading up to the 2024 World Cup to excitement, controversy and news coming from the USMNT and USWNT. OTB's expert hosts analyze the latest news, controversies, sensational plays, and standout moments of the week. With their immense knowledge and unwavering passion, these two soccer players turned obsessive fans leave no topic untouched. Step onto the pitch weekly with OTB and experience the world's game like never before.

    Jonathan Tannenwald, Chief Soccer Correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer, joins the boys on OTB to stir up some controversy about his feelings for his hometown Union FC and their incredibly successful youth programs, Jim Curtin, USMNT's lineup, Emm

    Jonathan Tannenwald, Chief Soccer Correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer, joins the boys on OTB to stir up some controversy about his feelings for his hometown Union FC and their incredibly successful youth programs, Jim Curtin, USMNT's lineup, Emm

    In this episode of the Over the Ball podcast, the Philadelphia Inquirer's beloved Chief Soccer Correspondent, Jonathan Tannenwald, joins Dave and John Bolster (who is sitting in for Kevin), stirring up some controversy about his feelings for his hometown team the Union, uncovers some insight about the Philadelphia Union's incredibly successful youth programs, Jim Curtin's future at the USMNT, 14-year-old phenom Cavan Sullivan, and Emma Hayes.

    The OTB boys also dig into an incredibly eventful week over the pond including Man City's dominance in the Premier League, Leverkusen's unbeaten season in the Bundesliga, Pep Guardiola's potential departure from Man City, the appointment of a new manager at Liverpool, the turmoil at Barcelona, and the US Men's National Team training camp roster.

    Tannenwald shares his insights on USMNT's lineup, potential surprises, and the challenges they may face, while also opining on the importance of the US Open Cup and the history of soccer in Philadelphia. Additionally, he discusses the youth development program of the Philadelphia Union and their success in MLS Next Pro, delves into the success of the youth development process in Philadelphia and the structure of the Academy system, and highlights the YSC Academy, a high school for the union's elite prospects. The conversation also touches on the success of the Philadelphia Union in developing players in various positions, including creative midfielders and center backs.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Celebrated soccer referee and podcast host of "Refs Need Love Too," David Gerson joins Dave and guest co-host, John Bolster to discuss the challenges and changes in the world of soccer refereeing.

    Celebrated soccer referee and podcast host of "Refs Need Love Too," David Gerson joins Dave and guest co-host, John Bolster to discuss the challenges and changes in the world of soccer refereeing.

    In this episode of Over the Ball, soccer referee and podcast host David Gerson joins Dave and guest co-host John Bolster to delve into the challenges and changes in soccer refereeing. They tackle the rise in technicality and competitiveness in the game, while addressing the concerning lack of civility and excessive competitiveness among parents and coaches at all levels.
    Gerson sheds light on the inadequate training and support for referees, their encounters with abuse, high turnover rates, and the pressing need for enhanced training opportunities. His mission is to humanize referees, fostering understanding and respect for their crucial role in the game.
    The discussion also ventures into recent events in the English Premier League, including matches like Tottenham versus Manchester City and Aston Villa's draw with Liverpool. Additionally, they touch upon noteworthy developments such as Jesse Marsch becoming coach of the Canadian Men's National Team, Olivier Giroud joining LAFC, and 14-year-old midfielder Cavan Sullivan signing with the Philadelphia Union.

    • 1 hr
    Washington Post reporter Steven Goff discusses Memorable World Cup Moments, DC United's Progress and the Future of Soccer in the US.

    Washington Post reporter Steven Goff discusses Memorable World Cup Moments, DC United's Progress and the Future of Soccer in the US.

    Legendary Washington Post reporter Steven Goff joins the boys at OTB to discuss all things US soccer, including the performance of DC United, his favorite World Cup memories, and the upcoming Copa America tournament. Goff also shares his thoughts on the United States national team and their chances in the tournament. In this conversation, the hosts and guest discuss various topics related to soccer, including the performance of DC United, the lack of a developmental team, and the challenges of player development. They also touch on the US men's national team and the excitement and nervousness that comes with supporting the team. The conversation concludes with a discussion about soccer coverage in the US and the impact of the South Africa World Cup.

    • 50 min
    Accomplished journalists Grayle Howlett and Alexander Wolff visit with OTB to discuss the new book “World Class: Purpose, Passion, and the Pursuit of Greatness” celebrating the legacy and writing of the late, great soccer writer Grant Wahl.

    Accomplished journalists Grayle Howlett and Alexander Wolff visit with OTB to discuss the new book “World Class: Purpose, Passion, and the Pursuit of Greatness” celebrating the legacy and writing of the late, great soccer writer Grant Wahl.

    Grant Wahl seems to touch everybody he came in contact with his undeniable passion, integrity, honesty, and simple ethic of trying to write the truth without agenda or bias. Friends and accomplished journalists Grayle Howlett and Alexander Wolf both spent years writing for Sports Illustrated, Wolff having spent 36 years there covering basketball, the Olympics, soccer’s World Cup, the World Series, every Grand Slam tennis event, and the Tour de France. Both men share their glowing admiration and praise for Grant Wahl and explain how this book celebrating his talents, unique writing style, and universal appeal came about. They join Kevin and Dave to discuss his impact on the game and explore how he crafted insightful articles that resonated with fans worldwide. In 2019, he launched his Substack, “Fútbol with Grant Wahl,” which became a must-read for anyone passionate about the beautiful game. The remarkable new book: “World Class: Purpose, Passion, and the Pursuit of Greatness On and Off the Field,” which Wolff co-edited with Mark Mravic, features Wahl’s most memorable pieces, from in-depth player profiles to gripping World Cup coverage. It’s a journey through the heart of soccer, capturing the drama, the triumphs, and the human stories that make this sport so captivating.

    • 48 min
    Monica Bosiljevac, Executive Director of Football for the World Foundation and Managing Director American Outlaws Discusses Soccer Altruism, Footy Fandom, and the Global Need for Youth Equipment.

    Monica Bosiljevac, Executive Director of Football for the World Foundation and Managing Director American Outlaws Discusses Soccer Altruism, Footy Fandom, and the Global Need for Youth Equipment.

    Impressive. Inspiring. Passionate. Words that capture the personality and drive of ex University of Nebraska soccer player turned uber philanthropist Monica Bosiljevac. Monica's journey from college soccer to an eye-opening trip in Botswana revealed the global demand for sports equipment among kids. With a passion for sports ignited early in her life, Monica excelled in soccer and softball, ultimately choosing to pursue soccer competitively. Transitioning to Division I soccer at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, she balanced athletics with studies in marketing and management.

    Her passion for marketing, fundraising, and ticketing for global charities paved her way to an MBA. She co-founded Football For The World Foundation to empower children through soccer, where her altruism shines through as she provides hope and resources for kids aspiring to achieve through the beautiful game. She also became American Outlaws Managing Director where she drives fan support and USWNT and USMNT attendance at matches globally. 

    Join us on the Over the Ball Podcast as we delve into Monica's remarkable journey from local fields to impacting lives globally through soccer. Her story embodies how sports can be a catalyst for change and empowerment in both games and life pursuits.

    • 51 min
    Skip Gilbert, esteemed CEO of US Youth Soccer and ex-goalkeeper for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, tackles the latest in the world of youth soccer on OTB!

    Skip Gilbert, esteemed CEO of US Youth Soccer and ex-goalkeeper for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, tackles the latest in the world of youth soccer on OTB!

    ⚽ Tune in as Skip Gilbert, esteemed CEO of US Youth Soccer and ex-goalkeeper for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, tackles the latest in the world of youth soccer on OTB! Don't miss this insightful discussion featuring this week's top soccer news, scores, and highlights. As a former goalkeeper with the Tampa Bay Rowdies and a two-time NCAA Division 1 All-American, Skip brings a wealth of experience and passion to the beautiful game. Join hosts Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego as they delve into Skip’s remarkable journey, discussing everything from the highs and lows of soccer in the US to his leadership roles in USA Swimming, USA Triathlon, and USA Tennis. Discover how Skip’s insights and resilience have guided US Youth Soccer during challenging times, and gain valuable perspectives on early specialization, coaching education, and the KISS principle. Don’t miss this engaging conversation with a true soccer luminary! ⚽🎙️ 🎧 Tune in to the “Over The Ball” Soccer Podcast! 🎧 🎙️ Your passion for the game deserves the best analysis and commentary – catch it all on our next podcast episode! #OTBSoccer #YouthSoccerInsights #SoccerPodcast

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

OTB with Kevin Flynn ,

Over The Ball with Kevin Flynn

At the encouragement of a soccer loving British friend living in America, I recently listened to the May 10th episode of Over The Ball with Kevin Flynn in which Flynn interviewed The Douglass Brothers. Not being a soccer fan, I knew NOTHING about the sport except what scoring a goal means to the game. That’s it! I became VERY interested in soccer as a result of listening to this compelling interview which focused on the documentary the Douglass brothers have produced about Brazilian soccer legend, Ronaldinho. Flynn’s easygoing, fun personality and quick wit made it easy for me to dive in to the interview without worrying about my ignorance about the game. There were many things I learned about soccer as a result of the interview — yet most interesting to me was that Ronaldinho was especially great for the “beauty” he brought to the game through his form, finesse and strategy on the field. In other words, there are players who have great skill — then there are players like Ronaldinho who elevate their skills — and the game — to the level of an art form when played as masterfully as Ronaldinho played. I have since listed to several other podcasts from the OTB archives — which is remarkable since I never had interest in soccer until I learned a few things from this podcast. WELL DONE!
Richard C; California

Biffaldinho ,

Score

Kevin and Chris are a spectacular team. They are fun, informative, and keep me up to date on soccer around the world.

Beacon+ ,

Roadmap for a Better World

As a woman and an Over the Ball virgin, I was struck by how refreshing it was to listen to a podcast about soccer that combined humor, respect (Kevin and Chris for each other and for the Douglas Brothers, the sport and Ronaldinho), talent and unbridled joy. The professional camaraderie permeating every second of the Douglas Brothers’ podcast (and the documentary discussed) transcended different fields, backgrounds and countries, settling into an unforgettable and life-affirming common ground of humanity. What a wonderful reminder of the way true sportsmanship can be a roadmap to a better world.

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