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Join Kait Borsay, Lynsey Hooper, and a host of guests from the women's football world as they take you through the WSL each week.

The Offside Rule: WSL Edition The Athletic

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    • 5.0 • 47 Ratings

Join Kait Borsay, Lynsey Hooper, and a host of guests from the women's football world as they take you through the WSL each week.

    Chelsea in the Champions League Final, Man City Keep Up The Pressure and Relegation 6 Pointers

    Chelsea in the Champions League Final, Man City Keep Up The Pressure and Relegation 6 Pointers

    Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by The Telegraph's Tom Garry to look back at an historic weekend in women's football, when Chelsea made it through to the Champions League Final for the first time. With The Blues in Europe, Manchester City kept up the pressure in the League by beating Birmingham. Plus, as the end of the season approaches, we look ahead to potential final day dramas.
    RUNNING ORDER:
    01.00 The impact of the social media boycott by WSL clubs
    5.40 Chelsea 4 - Bayern Munich 1
    19.05 Manchester City 4 - Birmingham 0
    23.45 Everton 1 - Arsenal 2
    27.30 Bristol City 0 - Manchester United 1
    30.20 Aston Villa 0 - West Ham 0
    33.20 Reading 3 - Brighton and Hove Albion 2
    35.00 Final day fixtures
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    A Thriller At The Villa, Demi Stokes and Ta-ra To Fa-ra

    A Thriller At The Villa, Demi Stokes and Ta-ra To Fa-ra

    Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by the Editor of She Kicks Magazine Jen O'Neill to look back at a weekend of late drama in the WSL, as Bristol City earn a draw at Aston Villa. After Reading's Fara Williams announced that she is to retire at the end of the season, we pay tribute to England's record appearance holder. Plus Manchester City's Demi Stokes joins the pod to talk title race, and we look ahead to Chelsea's Champions League semi final second leg.
    Running Order:
    2.50 Aston Villa 2 - Bristol City 2
    7.20 Birmingham 1 - Reading 1
    10.00 Fara Williams retirement reaction
    16.00 Arsenal 2 - Brighton 0
    22.50 Manchester United 4 - Tottenham 1
    27.20 West Ham 0 - Everton 0
    29.50 Bayern Munich 2 - Chelsea 1
    33.50 Demi Stokes Interview
    43.15 Weekend Fixture Preview
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    • 51 min
    The Real Super League, Chelsea and City draw, and swallowing belly buttons

    The Real Super League, Chelsea and City draw, and swallowing belly buttons

    Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper are joined by Reading and England midfielder Fara Williams to discuss the monster match that was Manchester City 2 Chelsea 2. We go through all the big talking points, and there are so many, discuss that save, and add several more entries to the Emma Hayes quote book.
    All that plus a look at Team GB's group in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and the weekend fixtures.
    RUNNING ORDER
    PART 1 - The ESL shattered (01.00)
    PART 2a - The Real Super League: Man City 2-2 Chelsea (06.00)
    PART 2b - Post match with The Athletic’s Katie Whyatt (19.00)
    PART 2c - Remaining fixtures for Chelsea and City (24.00)
    PART 3 - West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa, Team GB group announced, PGMOL in the women’s game (28.00)
    PART 4 - Upcoming fixtures (36.00)
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    • 43 min
    10 Years of the FA WSL

    10 Years of the FA WSL

    Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper are joined by the BBC's Chris Slegg to look back at a decade of the FA WSL. Everton Boss Willie Kirk joins the pod to give his take on the last 10 years of the League, plus we speak to the player who scored the very first WSL goal. We hear some special memories from various players and pundits, including Sue Smith, Casey Stoney and Laura Bassett, plus we try and pick our all-time WSL 11. If you disagree with our selection, get in touch @OffsideRulePod.
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    • 59 min
    Birmingham's letter to the Board, Jen Beattie on changes at Arsenal and Geese stop play

    Birmingham's letter to the Board, Jen Beattie on changes at Arsenal and Geese stop play

    Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper are joined by commentator, content creator and former player Samantha Miller to chat through another dramatic week in the WSL, including Birmingham City's letter to their Board complaining about conditions. Arsenal defender Jen Beattie gives her reaction to manager Joe Montemurro's decision to leave the club at the end of the season. Plus Brighton clip Manchester United's wings, as geese stop play.
    RUNNING ORDER:
    2.10 Brighton 1 - Manchester United 0
    8.40 Bristol City 0 - Arsenal 4
    13.45 Jen Beattie Interview
    22.25 Chelsea 6 - Birmingham City 0
    34.45 Reading 0 - West Ham 5
    38.00 Everton 3 - Aston Villa 1
    39.50 Tottenham 0 - Manchester City 3
    42.30 Leicester City promoted and International preview
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    • 50 min
    Chelsea's telepathy, United play at OT and a sweet day for the Toffees

    Chelsea's telepathy, United play at OT and a sweet day for the Toffees

    Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by Sheffield United forward Courtney Sweetman-Kirk to discuss all the action from the WSL. Kirby and Kerr are on the same wavelength for Chelsea as they remain top of the table, but Manchester City are pushing The Blues all the way. Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps joins the pod to tell us what it was like to play at Old Trafford, and we discuss a sweet day for the Toffees as Everton put 5 past Brighton. Plus, could there be a new European competition in the women's game? Claire Bloomfield of the European Club Association gives us the latest.
    RUNNING ORDER:
    3.35 Chelsea 2 - Aston Villa 0
    10.00 Manchester City 1 - Reading 0
    13.55 Manchester United 2 - West Ham 0
    17.40 Man United goalkeeper Mary Earps interview
    25.40 Tottenham 0 - Arsenal 3
    28.55 Brighton 0 - Everton 5
    33.10 Birmingham 1 - Bristol City 1
    35.50 The European Club Association's Head of Women's Football Claire Bloomfield interview
    44.55 WSL fixtures this weekend
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

D27Mess ,

#1 for me

I have been meaning to leave a review for the Offside Rule WSL Edition for a while now. For me, this is the top podcast in terms of in-depth WSL analysis coupled with a great rotating cast of guests.

I enjoy listening to the hosts weekly but the addition of different perspectives, whether from current and former international players, players in the league, or journalists who cover the league ensures this pod is a cut above the rest.

The production quality is also noteworthy. I personally can’t stand listening to amateurish podcasts where it can be difficult to clearly hear the audio, particularly when guests are remote via phone, Zoom, etc.

Bonus content: the insight from The Athletic’s dedicated WSL reporter Katie Whyatt and the occasional tactical analysis from Michael Cox.

I look forward to the pod every week and should be essential listening to anyone who seriously follows the league.

ms. boyski ,

The best WSL coverage

This podcast is professional, insightful, complete and great fun. Do not miss it!!!

Hevding88 ,

One of the Women’s Football Essentials

This pod is definitely in the top 3 women’s football podcasts! The production is top notch, great knowledgeable hosts, the best guests and interviews. I’m in the US so manage to drag myself out of bed at 4:30am for the Manchester United games but this is a great pod to stay up to date with what’s going on in the rest of the league. 10/10 Would recommend.

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