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 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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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

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 70: Closing out 2020

2020 is almost behind us and it was a year of some real highs (185 goals!) and real lows (pandemic! periods of no soccer!). We want to send a big thanks to everyone who stuck with us and listened this year. Who knows what next year will bring, but we hope it’s something good.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Recent news and updates out of Canadian soccer
  • CONCACAF’s new structure for women’s national teams
  • NWSL’s new season structure and other NWSL news

We’ll be back in 2021 following the NWSL draft. Until then, we wish you a happy new year and as always, stay safe and healthy out there.

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Intro music: “Soul Control” – Jessie Ware

Outro music: “Step Into My Life” – Jessie Ware

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 69: Bev Priestman is on the job

In this episode we talk about:

  • our thoughts on Priestman’s appointment to the women’s team’s top coaching gig, including some pros and cons we anticipate about her leading the team into the future
  • Canadian women’s soccer news and highlights
  • the recent NWSL expansion draft

Stay safe and healthy out there, friends!

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Intro music: “Adult Diversion” – Alvvays

Outro music: “Ones Who Love You” – Alvvays

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For Kicks Podcast, Episode 68: No camp for CANWNT

Canada Soccer still hasn’t announced our new coach, but as we say in this episode, the well never runs dry on CANWNT news.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • the cancellation of CANWNT’s next planned camp
  • what the future holds for player identification camps
  • how revenue dips due to COVID could affect Canada Soccer
  • the NWSL fall series
  • bits and bobs of player and soccer news
  • and, of course, the general state of the world and Edmonton weather updates

Stay safe and healthy out there, friends!

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Intro music: “Stop Dem” – Sault

Outro music: “Masterpiece” – Sault

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