Meet Jessica Cooreman and Katie Woodfine, the hardcore footy fans behind For Kicks, a podcast that follows the Canadian national women’s team on the road to Rio, as well as women’s soccer in general.
I hope some day to love something as much as Katie and Jessica love soccer. Their passion for the game is infectious and so fun to listen to. And I was thrilled to hear in our conversation that even though the podcast was born to follow the team’s progress towards the Olympics this August, they plan to keep their podcast going afterwards.
The podcast comes out once a month, which means there’s a lot to pack into every episode. They also have a very active For Kicks Tumblr, which provides quite a window into a community of fans and players that doesn’t get much mainstream media attention.
We talk about how Edmonton is a place that gets excited about women’s soccer, thanks to the U-19 tournament where Christine Sinclair made her mark, the success of the Women’s World Cup games that were played here, and homegrown talent such as Erin McLeod.
Jessica and Katie made a ton of soccer-related recommendations:
North America and International:
NWSL Team Podcasts:
- Houston Dash/Dynamo: Keeper Notes blog and Houston Soccer Podcast
- Washington Spirit: Follow Your Spirit
- Orlando Pride: Queen’s Cast
- Portland Thorns: Riveting!
- Chicago Red Stars: 5th Star
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Musical credits: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1, played by Daniel Veesey, from freemusicarchive.com.