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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 64: Supporter culture with Nicky Cottee

Supporter culture. It’s something that comes with a lot of question marks for a lot of Canadians, including long-standing fans like us. We continued our quarantine diaries by inviting Nicky Cottee, president of the Red River Rising supporter group, to come on the podcast and talk about what the heck we even mean when we say supporter culture.

A fellow NWSL and Canadian women’s national team fan, Nicky tells us about how she went from finding the courage to stand with the supporters at her first NWSL match to becoming president of Winnipeg’s pro club’s group. And, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to chat a little about women’s soccer, Canada and the NWSL.

There’s not a lot of news but we also talk about the impending return of Frauen-Bundesliga, the NWSL’s status and some updates from FIFA.

Stay safe, everyone!

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 63: CPL with Loyal Company of the River Valley

With sports are on hold, we have the opportunity to take a look at topics we follow but don’t often get a chance to dive deeper on. This month, we talked to Adam and Nathan, hosts of Loyal Company of the River Valley podcast, about the Canadian Premier League, the impact of COVID-19 on the league’s second season and FC Edmonton’s 10th anniversary.

We also caught up with Adam and Nathan even further on an episode their podcast, so check that out and subscribe to Loyal Company of the River Valley wherever you get your podcasts and find them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @LoyalcompanyRV.

Stay safe, everyone!

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 62: Olympics postponed and Tournoi de France

Canada is no longer Tokyo bound—not in 2020, at least. From the Canadian Olympic Committee’s decision not to send Canadian athletes to the the games this year, to the International Olympics Committee and Japan’s ultimate decision to postpone the games until 2021—a lot has happened since our last episode.

In this episode we talk about:

  • our recent COVID-19 self-isolation—which is why our sound is a little different this episode!
  • the COC and IOC’s decisions around the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
  • the Tournoi de France, including matches against France, Netherlands and Brazil
  • Canada’s failure to qualify for the U20 Women’s World Cup
  • the allocation of Canadian players to the NWSL

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 61: After the 2020 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament

CANWNT has secured their ticket to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo! In the 2020 Olympic qualifying tournament, they got job number one done: qualify. That means we’re looking forward to a (hopefully) active 2020 in the lead up to the games this summer.

In this episode we talk about:

  • all things Canada in this tournament
  • group stage matches vs. St. Kitts & Nevis, Jamaica and Mexico
  • semi final match vs. Costa Rica
  • final match vs. USA

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 60: 2020 CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers pre-tourney episode

The next couple of weeks will decide whether the Canadian women’s side will spend the better part of 2020 in a run toward the Tokyo Olympics. The 2020 CONCACAF qualifying tournament will have a dramatic impact on what kind of year we have here at the podcast, so we dedicated an episode to getting ready for it.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • the recent NWSL draft
  • some quick updates on Canadian players and upcoming games
  • the 2020 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament
  • the tournament rosters—provisional, camp and final
  • Jessica’s picks for starting XI in Canada’s games vs. St. Kitts & Nevis, Jamaica and Mexico
  • our feelings

We wanted to note that CONCACAF has updated match times since we recorded this episode. The first three matches are actually scheduled for:

  • CAN vs. SKN – Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. ET
  • CAN vs. JAM – Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m. ET
  • CAN vs. MEX – Feb. 4 at 6:30p.m. ET

The entire tournament schedule is available on the CONCACAF website.

We’ll be back with our post-tournament episode on February 11.

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 59: CANWNT news roundup

There have been no tournaments, no matches and that means for the first time in a while, we dedicated an entire episode to news updates.

In this episode, we give updates and chat about:

  • the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament
  • Canada participating in a tournament in France in March
  • the U17 Excel camp in Mexico in late Nov./early Dec.
  • some recent player accolades
  • NWSL Silly Season—including league expansion, wage increases and more

This is it for us for 2019, so we hope everyone has an awesome—and if at all possible, restful—holiday season. We’ll be back in 2020 with our pre-CONCACAF tournament episode.

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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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