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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 54: A reflection on the 2019 World Cup

What a month it’s been! The World Cup is our favourite time of each four years and now it’s all over. While we’re a little sad to see it end, it was great while it lasted. And, it was the perfect reminder of how quickly the women’s game is changing—mostly for the best.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • the semi finals – England vs. USA and Netherlands vs. Sweden
  • the finals – England vs. Sweden for third place and Netherlands vs. USA for the championship title
  • TSN/CTV’s expert all-woman panel with Kate Beirness, Clare Rustad, Kaylyn Kyle and Diana Matheson
  • the impact of VAR on the tournament and the modern game in general
  • what Canada and other countries need to do if we want our teams to ever match the United States
  • where Canada’s coaching could head in the future

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 53: Canada’s exit from WWC 2019

Canada’s earlier-than-anticipated exit from the 2019 World Cup was tough to take. Everyone has been talking about how this is the best squad the senior team has ever had—and we agree—but other teams brought their best-ever squads to the tournament, too.

No matter the result, we’re still so proud of our players and the effort they put in to this tournament, even if we are a little heartbroken for them.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Canada vs. Netherlands in our final group stage match
  • Canada vs. Sweden in the Round of 16
  • what we think went wrong for Canada in this tournament
  • the quarter-finals and upcoming semi-finals/final

Our next episode will be out after the World Cup ends. In it, we’ll talk about the final matches and reflect on the tournament as a whole.

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 52: WWC 2019 – Canada vs. Cameroon and New Zealand

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is underway so this is pretty much our month-long Christmas. We’ll be covering the whole tournament, so watch for extra episodes between now and when it’s all over.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • our thoughts on the tournament overall so far
  • Canada vs. Cameroon group stage match
  • Canada vs. New Zealand group stage match

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 51: Canada vs. Mexico friendly

We’re so close to the FIFA Women’s World Cup that Canada just played their sendoff match in Toronto.

Speaking of the World Cup, once the tournament kicks off we’ll have extra episodes to make sure we’re covering the whole tournament (with a focus on Canada, of course!). So stay tuned for lots from us in June and July.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • the April 8, 2019 friendly against Nigeria
  • the May 18, 2019 WWC sendoff friendly against Mexico
  • how we’re feeling going into this World Cup tournament

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 50: Canada vs. England friendly

Cheers to 50 episodes of For Kicks! This is a huge milestone for us and we want to say a BIG BIG BIG thank you to everyone who’s listened, reached out with a comment or question, come on our show to chat with us, invited us on your show to chat with you, and supported us in general. The last three and a half years have been the best and we’re so grateful to be part of both the women’s soccer and podcasting communities.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • the April 5, 2019 Canada vs. England international friendly
  • recent news, including two upcoming friendlies for Canada, NWSL season kickoff and a look ahead to the inaugural season of the Canadian Premier league

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 49: Canada at the Algarve Cup and an interview with Ciara McCormack

In late February, Canadian soccer player Ciara McCormack posted a story to her website detailing bullying, intimidation and inappropriate behaviour she witnessed when she was a player in the Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian national programs. In this episode, Ciara joins us to talk about her diverse soccer career, her perspective on what Canadian soccer programs need to do to be safer and more accountable, and how she’s helping provide opportunities to players through TOPP Soccer.

But before we talk to Ciara, we take a look at Canada’s performance at the 2019 Algarve Cup. We give a rundown on the matches against Iceland, Scotland and Sweden, and talk about our major takeaways from the tournament—for better or for worse!

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 48: Algarve Cup Preview, CANWNT vs ENGWNT announcement, CSB + MediaPro deal

With the Algarve Cup tournament in February and March, and an international friendly against England in April, our Canadian women are finally seeing some of the action we’ve been begging for. Which is great, given the FIFA Women’s World Cup is just over three months away.

In this episode, we:

  • look ahead to Canada’s match vs. England, scheduled for April 5
  • preview the Algarve Cup, where Canada will play three matches from Feb. 27 to Mar. 6
  • talk about Canada Soccer Business’s 10 year deal with MediaPro
  • share some Canada Soccer and NWSL updates

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For Kicks, Episode 47: CANWNT vs. NORWNT, Huitema goes pro

2019 is underway and that means the countdown to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France is on. The Canadian women’s soccer team has had an encouraging start with two matches in January against Switzerland and Norway.

Since our last episode, there’s also been tons of news from our Canadian players at the club level, and we see lots of great opportunities going into this World Cup year.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Canada’s World Cup group draw
  • player news, including Jordyn Huitema’s decision to go pro
  • the NWSL college draft
  • the Canada vs. Norway international friendly match from January 22, 2019

In our next couple of episodes, we’ll cover the Algarve Cup which takes place from February 27 to March 6, 2019.

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For Kicks, Episode 46: CANW17 at the U17WWC, Interview with Rachel Hoekstra

Our early Christmas present this year came in the form of a super exciting U17 Women’s World Cup tournament! There were times when we were frustrated, scared and thrilled–sometimes all at the same time. This was the first time a Canadian team played for a spot on the podium in a FIFA tournament since Christine Sinclair led the U19 Women’s World Cup squad in 2002.

In this episode, we:

We’re turning off the mic over the holiday season, but we’ll be back with more soccer talk in the new year.

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 45: 2018 U17 WWC preview and interview with Futbol Ace’s Ana De Souza

The 2018 U17 Women’s World Cup starts this week and runs from November 13 to December 1. Canada will participate in the tournament so we’re looking forward to another glimpse at the future of Canadian women’s soccer!

We’re also super excited that Jessica had a chance to chat with Ana De Souza from Futbol Ace, a podcast that focuses on women’s soccer from CONCACAF nations. Just like us, their goal is to grow the women’s game by providing fans with informative and entertaining content on their podcast and blog, so it was a great conversation.

In this episode, we:

  • preview the U17 Women’s World Cup
  • chat with Futbol Ace’s Ana De Souza
  • get caught up on NCAA

We were up bright and early for this episode and that’s because before we recorded, we had a chance to chat with Duane Rollins for the The Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast. We had so much fun talking to Duane so we’ll be sharing the episode that features our chat soon.

On our next episode, we’ll have full coverage of the U17 WWC tournament and we’re bringing back Catching Up with Canucks Abroad’s Oscar Melander, so watch for that, too!

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