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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 58: Canada in Yongchuan 2019 tournament

Canada wrapped up 2019 with a four nations tournament in Yongchuan, China in November. In the two matches they played, they seemed to summarize the whole of 2019, in our eyes at least: low lows, and middling highs.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Canada vs. Brazil and New Zealand in the four nations tournament
  • the draw for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament
  • the end of the 2019 NWSL season
  • a brief look ahead at the U17 and U20 World Cups and the NCAA College Cup draw

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 57: Canada falls to Japan 4-0

While Canada made it through the first half of 2019 ‘undefeated,’ it’s been proven over and over again that this has been a tough year for the team. Perhaps at no time was it so obvious that something is wrong on the senior national team than at their Oct. 6 international friendly against Japan.

We spend this entire episode talking about the game and the current state of the CANWNT.

We’ll be back in our next episode to talk about the NWSL championship and the 2019 NWSL season.

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 56: Canada vs. Japan preview

Canada Soccer has made sure the CANWNT will get a chance to stretch in the next FIFA window with a friendly vs. Japan, in Japan, on October 6. Like many fans, we’ve looked at this year as an overall disappointment, from the underwhelming performance at the World Cup, to seeming neglect of up-and-coming Canadian players.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • the roster that will travel to Japan for the Oct. 6 match
  • why we think Canada Soccer has failed to call up players the rest of us have our eyes on
  • what we expect from this friendly
  • other news out of the Canadian women’s soccer world
  • the near-solidified semi-finalists for the 2019 NWSL season
  • …and maybe a few tangents, too!

We’ll be back soon with another episode following the friendly, to see if our expectations and predictions are right.

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 55: Catching up on WOSO news post WWC

This year has been all about the World Cup for us, and with that behind us we’ve turned our attention to everything else going on in the world of women’s soccer. But just because we’re tuned into other soccer doesn’t mean we’re not keeping a really close eye on what’s going on with Canada’s national team, too.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Canada Soccer news, measly though it may be, including:
    • our thoughts on recent comments by Coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller
    • the future of the U20 program with new head coach Rhian Wilkinson at the helm
  • NWSL news, particularly the new ESPN deal that will make NWSL games available to Canadians on TSN
  • Foothills WFC in the UWS Championship
  • Recent comments by CPL Commissioner David Clanachan on the prospect of a women’s side to the Canadian Premier League

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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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