For Kicks

Not a farewell, but a seeya around

In our most recent episode, we announced that our episode following the Tokyo Olympics will be our last.

This was a tough decision for us to make. We’ve loved making this podcast. We’ve loved how it’s connected us to the women’s soccer community. We’ve met so many incredible people, including some of our own personal heroes. 

So we want to assure you we have no plans to abandon this community. In fact, we feel local soccer needs us most right now. Over the last several years we’ve seen progress in our own community and other communities across the country, and that’s where we want to put some of our time and focus in the future.

We started For Kicks in fall 2015. That’s almost six years ago! It began on the tail of our excitement around the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. We said we’d run as a “special edition” podcast until the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Obviously we had a lot more to say because here we are, five years later.

At the time, we saw the podcast not just as an outlet for our own enthusiasm about the Canadian women’s national soccer team, but we were trying to fill a gap. Women’s soccer news and coverage was so hard to come by. We were hungry to hear about our favourite sport and our favourite players. We knew others were, too.

Since then, some really wonderful things have happened. More podcasts and online publications covering women’s soccer have emerged, and the Canadian national team sees more coverage from major sports media outlets. We feel like what we set out to do is in good hands—better hands than ours, ha!

And, importantly—we’re not going anywhere! This community is just as important to us now as it was six years ago. In some ways, even more important. We want to say thank you to everyone we met, or agreed to talk to us, or gave us a tip, or asked us a question, or simply listened to an episode. You were a huge part of why we kept going for five years longer than we planned. We’re looking forward to continuing to build this community by your side. We’ll still be on Twitter where you follow us now, @forkickspodcast.

We started this podcast literally for kicks, but what we found was a community that embraced us, and we’re so grateful.

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 78: Tokyo 2021 Olympics – Canada vs. Japan and Chile

So far Canada is sitting second in Group E after two matches against Japan and Chile as the 2021 Olympics got started in Tokyo this last week.

In this episode, we discuss both matches, including the starting XI and substitutes, what we liked, what we didn’t like, and all the dramatics that come along with an Olympics soccer tournament.

We also looked ahead to what it’s going to take to beat our next opponent, Great Britain, to ensure Canada comes out on top of the group before heading to the quarter finals.

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Intro: Brother – The Organ

Outro: Memorize The City – The Organ

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 77: Pre-Olympics minisode

With the Tokyo Olympics kicking off in a little over a week, our focus is in full Olympics mode. We start our coverage with this mini episode and will have extra episodes during the tournament.

In this one we talk about:

  • the final CANWNT Olympic roster and the decision to change to a more flexible full roster of 22 players
  • Diana Matheson’s retirement announcement

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Intro: Supervixen – Garbage

Outro: Special – Garbage

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 76: A pair of June friendlies

In this last stretch before heading to Japan for the Olympics, Canada went head to head against two opponents in June: Czech Republic and Brazil. How ready they are for the tough opponents they’ll face in Tokyo is still unknown, as both friendlies ended in 0-0 draws.

In this episode we talk about

  • Canada vs. Czech Republic on June 11
  • Canada vs. Brazil on June 14
  • Who we have locked to take to Tokyo on Canada’s 18 player roster
  • What we know about the safety procedures that will be in place for the Tokyo Olympics
  • Updates on local footy news from Edmonton’s Scottish United and St. Albert Impact FC

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Intro: Manifest – The Weakerthans

Outro: Tournament of Hearts – The Weakerthans

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 75: Canada’s 28-person camp roster and June friendlies

Only time will tell if the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead, but until then, Canada is continuing to prepare with a pair of matches in June.

In this episode we talk about:

Upcoming international friendlies vs. Czech Republic and Brazil, including the 28-person camp roster.

What we know about the Olympics at this point, including which teams Canada will square off against in the group stage.

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Intro: Groovy Baby – Durand Jones & the Indications

Outro: Witchoo – Durand Jones & the Indications

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 74: Wales and England friendlies

Our team is back, baby! Earlier this month Canada played two friendlies—one against Wales and one against England. Both resulted in wins with clean sheets and our win against England was the first against a top 10 team in as long as we would care to remember.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • both games vs. Wales and England
  • who we’d lock down to go to Tokyo this summer
  • rumours of a new Div 2 league in Canada

Intro: So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings – Caroline Polachek

Outro: La Vita Nuova – Christina and the Queens (ft. Caroline Polachek)

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PRESS RELEASE: Q and A Event with St. Albert Impact WFC

Edmonton Sports Fans

Allow me to answer the first question you might have. The St. Albert Impact Women’s Football Club (WFC) is the newest team in the United Women’s Soccer (UWS) league. The Impact FC Club will celebrate their two month birthday on March 6th. The UWS was founded in 2015.

The beautiful game of soccer extends beyond the play on the pitch and goes into the stands where Supporters Group faithful create an electric atmosphere. Now before setting foot into the Club’s home park of Riel Recreation Park, hopefully in May or June pandemic allowing, the build to that electric atmosphere gets turbocharged on Thursday March 11th!

The official press release –

Meet St. Albert Impact WFC players and local women’s soccer supporters

A small group of dedicated women’s soccer supporters in the Edmonton area have thrown their support behind the St. Albert Impact FC, the latest Canadian franchise in the United…

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 73: Canada in the 2021 SheBelieves Cup

From February 18 to 24, 2021, the CANWNT was back on the pitch in red and it feels so good. In this episode, we talk about Canada in the SheBelieves Cup. From our thoughts on the newer faces, to new head coach Bev Priestman’s decisions in the wake of missing players and injuries, to Canada’s pesky troubles scoring goals, we dive right in to the whole tournament.

Intro: Situation – Yaz

Outro: Don’t Go – Yaz

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 72: Pre-SheBelieves Cup chat with Meaghen Johnson

In just a few short days, Canada’s women will be back on the pitch facing USA, Argentina and Brazil in the 2021 SheBelieves Cup. We can hardly believe it’s been the better part of a year since we’ve had an actual match to watch and talk about on the podcast.

In this episode we’re joined by Meaghen Johnson, women’s soccer contributor and highlight manager/producer at TSN SportsCentre, to chat about who we expect to see, what we hope to come out of this tournament and more. 

A little later in the episode, we also talk about a new women’s professional soccer league in North America and how we’re trying to drum up support for our own new local women’s team (spoiler: we want you! slide into our DMs).

Watch party alert

For Kicks, along with NWSL Vancouver, FC Mingo and wsoccer.ca are hosting a SheBelieves Cup virtual watch party. Canada vs. USA is February 18, 2021 at 7 p.m. EST. Spaces are limited so DM us for the invite link soon!

Intro: Monitor – Siouxsie & The Banshees

Outro: Dazzle – Siouxsie & The Banshees

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 71: Wilkinson is out of CSA, CANWNT is in SheBelieves

The new year has given us lots to talk about so far. Some of it big, some of it small, some of it amazing, some of it not so great. We try to get to it all in our latest episode!

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Recent CANWNT news including Canada going to the SheBelieves Cup
  • Canadians in the NWSL draft and those who are moving around in clubs abroad
  • Rhian Wilkinson’s announcement that she is leaving Canada Soccer
  • The addition of St. Albert Impact FC to the United Women’s Soccer League, including recent player signings

Intro music: Incapable – Róisín Murphy

Outro music: Murphy’s Law – Róisín Murphy

For Kicks is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network. Locally grown. Community supported.