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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 65: Pre-NWSL Challenge Cup and Coach Heiner-Moller says goodbye

 

Well look at that—we have actual news to talk about! And, in just a couple of short days we’ll have actual soccer to watch.

In this episode we discuss:

  • the NWSL Challenge Cup, including Canadian players who will participate in the tournament, where you can watch it and our predictions
  • head coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller’s departure from the CANWNT and who could possibly take his place
  • FIFA’s location announcement for the 2023 Women’s World Cup
  • our sad (and happy) quarantine stories

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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 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 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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