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Join Lynsey Hooper and a host of high profile guests to take you through the WSL, Champions League, internationals and beyond

The Athletic Women's Football Podcast The Athletic UK

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    • 5.0 • 64 Ratings

Join Lynsey Hooper and a host of high profile guests to take you through the WSL, Champions League, internationals and beyond

    England vs USA excuse-off and where is my cap?

    England vs USA excuse-off and where is my cap?

    Lynsey Hooper is joined by former Lioness Laura Bassett and The Athletic’s Charlotte Harpur for Black History Month shout outs, a Conti Cup round up and Champions League draw reaction.
    Plus The Athletic’s Meg Linehan joins us for a preview of the big England v USA game at Wembley on Friday. 
    And we speak to Jeannie Allott who scored in England women’s first official game in 1972 at just 15 years old. That's before she travels to Wembley to get her official cap 50 years later. 
    Finally, Jen Beattie looks ahead to Scotland's upcoming playoffs where they and Wales have a chance to reach the World Cup for the first time

    WHAT'S WHEN? 

    PART 1 - Black History Month shout outs (2.00)
    PART 2 - Continental League Cup and periods (4.00)
    PART 3 - Champions League draw (15.30)
    PART 4 - England v USA with Meg Linehan (17.30)
    PART 5 - 1972 Lioness Jeannie Allot interview (30.30)
    PART 6 - Scotland and Wales World Cup hopes with Jen Beattie (51.00)
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    • 53 min
    Spain's pain, Houghton's heartbreak and some dominant derby displays

    Spain's pain, Houghton's heartbreak and some dominant derby displays

    Lynsey Hooper rounds up the week in women's football with Arsenal legend Kelly Smith and The Athletic's Art de Roché.
    Records tumbled in the second week of the WSL and there were thrilling derby results at Anfield and The Emirates. Meanwhile, title holders Chelsea are off the mark in their league campaign and Aston Villa continued their great start.
    We react to injured England captain Steph Houghton's frank admission after she spent a "bittersweet" summer watching her England teammates triumph at Euro 2022, and Bea Redondo is back to talk about troubled times for the Spain squad.
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    • 54 min
    Vivstenius, opening day shocks & playing against the boys

    Vivstenius, opening day shocks & playing against the boys

    Lynsey Hooper is joined by ex-England and Man City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and The Athletic Women’s Football Reporter Charlotte Harpur as the WSL finally gets underway.

    It’s a weekend full of shocks as champions Chelsea lose to newly promoted Liverpool and depleted Man City lose a seven-goal thriller at Villa, as Gareth Taylor pleads for patience.

    Beth Mead is back up to speed as Arsenal lay down a marker in the title race. Karen tells us what it’s like playing against the academy boys as the Gunners have been doing.

    We check in on a debut weekend in Spain and Germany for Walsh, Bronze and Stanway. Plus Everton’s Gabby George joins us ahead of the Merseyside Derby at Anfield on Sunday. 

    WHAT'S WHEN?

    PART 1a – Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea (4.30)
    PART 1b- Arsenal 4-0 Brighton + playing against the boys (17.30)
    PART 1c – Man Utd 4-0 Reading (25.30)
    PART 1d – Aston Villa 4-3 Man City (30.15)
    PART 2 - Stanway, Walsh and Bronze debut abroad (38.30)
    PART 3a- Everton’s Gabby George joins us (44.00)
    PART 3b – A look ahead to the Merseyside and North London derbies (48.00)
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    • 56 min
    Postponements, pitch invasions & Jen Beattie

    Postponements, pitch invasions & Jen Beattie

    Lynsey Hooper is joined by ex-England and Arsenal captain Faye White and The Athletic Women’s Football Reporter Charlotte Harpur for this one. 
    Join us for an exclusive interview with Arsenal and Scotland’s Jen Beattie.
    Plus, should the big WSL opening weekend have been postponed? Behind the scenes of Keira Walsh’s big transfer with The Athletic’s Pol Ballus.
    Journalist Bea Redondo explains why Spanish teams turned up for games this weekend but they were all called off. And Charlotte tells us how she helped change the law on pitch invasions. 
    All topped off with some cheeky extra season predictions from Charlotte and Faye.

    WHAT'S WHEN?
    PART 1 - Match cancellations (0.45)
    PART 2 - Late transfers & Keira Walsh's huge Barcelona deal ft. The Athletic's Pol Ballus (10.45)
    PART 3 - Walsh fitting in at Barcelona, referee strikes and new TV deal - a Spanish update with journalist Bea Redondo (22.30)
    PART 4 - Pitch invasion law (32.30)
    PART 5a - WSL's new opening weekend with Arsenal's Jen Beattie (39.15)
    PART 5b - Charlotte and Faye's season predictions (46.45)
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    • 51 min
    Bonus: Keira Walsh relives the Euro final with The Athletic Football Tactics Podcast

    Bonus: Keira Walsh relives the Euro final with The Athletic Football Tactics Podcast

    Keira Walsh, now the most expensive female footballer of all time and a European champion, speaks to Michael Cox for a bonus episode of The Athletic Football Tactics Podcast with Ali Maxwell.
    Walsh was awarded the player of the match at that iconic Euro final at Wembley. Now she watches that very match back for the first time, with Michael Cox.
    Plus Michael and Ali chat about Walsh's recent record-breaking move from Manchester City to Barcelona and the upcoming WSL season.

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    • 44 min
    Big WSL preview and Lionesses latest

    Big WSL preview and Lionesses latest

    After an unforgettable Euros this summer, we’re back for the new season! 
    As we bid goodbye to Kait Borsay, Lynsey Hooper sits down with Robyn Cowen, the BBC commentator for that Wembley final, and women’s football oracle Rich Laverty for a big WSL preview. Join us as we discuss who will win the title, and the Athletic’s Caoimhe O’Neill gives us the lowdown on new side Liverpool. 
    There's exclusive interviews with Man City's Vicky Losada, the ex-Barcelona captain, and West Ham's Kirsty Smith and Lucy Parker.
    Plus, we give our thoughts on the Lionesses chances at the World Cup now they've qualified.
    RUNNING ORDER 
    PART 1 - Lionesses update (3.00)
    PART 2a - WSL preview: Title contenders (8.30)
    PART 2b - Man City’s Vicky Losada (15.30)
    PART 3 - Chasers (24.00)
    PART 4 - West Ham’s Lucy Parker and Kirsty Smith (33.00)
    PART 5 - Newbies Liverpool with Caoimhe O’Neill (39.30)
    PART 6 - Relegation battle (44.30)
    PART 7 - Predictions (51.30)
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

JeanL20 ,

Absolutely unforgettable interview with Jeannie Allott

Scoring a goal for the national team at 15 is just incredible. She deserves a lot more from the powers that be

crvelsummers ,

Great pod

Really like the pod, think it’s well informed and provides an enjoyable gateway into women’s football.

1mizfit ,

Crack!!

A great podcast for women’s football. Not only is it informational but it’s entertaining. Not a single dry moment. As someone who lives in USA and cannot always watch WSL I feel like I was at the game with their descriptions of the games.

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