The Athletic Women's Football Podcast

The Athletic

Join Kait Borsay, Lynsey Hooper and a host of high profile guests are here to take you through the WSL and beyond. Guests include Millie Bright, Hope Powell and Eni Aluko.

All Episodes

Chelsea centurion Claire Rafferty and sports broadcaster Anne-Marie Batson join Kait Borsay to chat about Chelsea's purr-fect FA Cup final and what's to come in the WSL. Chelsea's Millie Bright tells us how she's feeling off the back of that FA Cup win and captaining England to a 20-0 victory. Plus Flo Lloyd-Hughes talks rainbow laces and queer power couples, and we are joined by Rich Laverty, the mind behind the top 100 female footballers of 2021 that's being released this week. RUNNING ORDER PART 1a - FA Cup final (2.45) PART 1b - Millie Bright interview (19.00) PART 2 - Queer power couples (26.30) PART 3 - Other results and news (33.45) PART 4 - Top 100 footballers (35.30) PART 5 - WSL Christmas countdown (41.15)

Dec 7

48 min 13 sec

Faye White, former captain of the Lionesses and Arsenal joins Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay to chat about who should be England captain, whether the Ballon D'Or got it right and who's going to win the upcoming FA Cup final. Plus, did you know women's football was banned in England from 1921-71? With the 100 year anniversary of that ban coming up we caught up with Gail Newsham, who played during that time and is an expert on the Dick Kerr Ladies who drew crowds of 50,000 before the 1921, along with Patricia Gregory, who was instrumental in ending the ban. RUNNING ORDER PART 1 - England 1 - 0 Austria (2.30) PART 2 - Ballon D'Or (13.45) PART 3 - Other news... Leicester City's manager, Kit Graham and Formiga (17.45) PART 4 - The ban on women's football with Gail Newsham and Patricia Gregory (23.30) PART 5 - 50 years of the FA Cup and the FA Cup final coming up (47.45)

Nov 30

53 min 33 sec

Kait Borsay is joined by former Lioness, Sue Smith, and women's football correspondent for Goal, Amee Ruszkai, to chat through the weekend's WSL action, awards season and the internationals coming up. Should Arsenal have been given a second penalty instead of a free kick? Can Man City actually challenge for the third Champions League spot now? Who should win the upcoming Ballon D'or? Plus we hear from West Ham and Scotland's Lisa Evans who's preparing to face the Barcelona greats in the Spanish team! RUNNING ORDER PART 1 - Moments of the WSL with NOW! (3.00) PART 2a - Manchester United 0 - 2 Arsenal (5.00) PART 2b - Manchester City 5 - 0 Aston Villa (11.00) PART 3a - Reading 2 - 0 Brighton (17.45) PART 3b - West Ham 1 - 0 Tottenham (20.30) PART 3c - Chelsea 5 - 0 Birmingham City (23.15) PART 3d - Leicester City 0 - 1 Everton (28.45) PART 3e - Pick your top player from each WSL team and round-up of other results (31.30) PART 4 - Awards season (33.30) PART 5 - Upcoming internationals ft. Lisa Evans interview (38.00)

Nov 23

49 min 38 sec

Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by former Lioness centurion and Sporting Director of Angel City from Aston Villa, Eni Aluko. They take you through the Women's Football Weekend WSL games and chat about what needs to change in women's football right now. Is Kait a secret Man City fan? Is there still a need for the Women's Football Weekend? For how long can we take money as an excuse for not getting things like VAR? And are women's football salaries growing too quickly? All that plus an exclusive interview from Simone Magill! RUNNING ORDER PART 1 - Angel City and Women's Football Weekend (1.00) PART 2 - Moments of the WSL with NOW! (12.00) PART 3a - Tottenham 1 - 1 Arsenal (14.45) PART 3b - Manchester City 0 - 4 Chelsea (22.45) PART 4a - Brighton 1 - 0 Leicester City (33.00) PART 4b - Everton 1 - 1 Manchester United (38.15) PART 4c - Simone Magill interview (43.45) PART 4d - Birmingham City 0 - 1 Aston Villa (50.15) PART 4e - West Ham 2 - 2 Reading (53.00) PART 5 - Growing the women's game (55.00) PART 6 - Coming up (1.09.30)

Nov 16

1 hr 12 min

Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by former Arsenal, Chelsea and England legend Katie Chapman to chat about all the WSL action as the league returns. What did Marc Skinner's hair have to do with Manchester United's result? How close are Brighton and Spurs to that third Champions League spot? And when will Leicester get their first WSL point? We also caught up with Manchester United's goal scorer Alessia Russo! Plus, if you're after more on the Arsenal vs West Ham game, do check out our bonus episode. RUNNING ORDER PART 1 - Moments of the WSL with NOW! (3.30) PART 2a - Tottenham 1 -1 Manchester United (8.00) PART 2b - Alessia Russo interview (15.15) PART 3 - Everton 0 - 1 Brighton (20.15) PART 4a - Leicester City 1 - 4 Manchester City (24.15) PART 4b - Aston Villa 0 - 1 Chelsea (29.45) PART 4c - Birmingham City 0 - 3 Reading (31.00) PART 5 - Other news, FSA survey on female fan experience and where are the women on Arsenal's new board? (34.30) PART 6 - Coming up ... it's Women's Football Weekend! (42.30)

Nov 9

46 min 26 sec

Join Lynsey Hooper for a special episode from Meadow Park and get geared up for Women's Football Weekend as we bring you all the reaction from Arsenal 4-0 West Ham. Hear from Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall, player of the match Kim Little and from commentator extraordinaire Jacqui Oatley as they talk through all the big moments as Arsenal's 100% record continues.

Nov 8

21 min 50 sec

Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper are joined by former Spurs legend Jenna Schillaci to talk through the FA Cup semi-finals, Lionesses and WSL action coming up. This week: Does Gareth Taylor need to take more responsibility for the role his tactics had to play in their loss to Chelsea? Is there a place for 10-0 scorelines in the women's game now? And what do we think of Everton's new manager Jean-Luc Vasseur? All that plus an exclusive interview with Reading's Natasha Dowie. RUNNING ORDER PART 1a - FA Cup semi-final: Manchester City 0 - 3 Chelsea (03.00) PART 1b - FA Cup semi-final: Arsenal 3 - 0 Brighton (11.30) PART 2 - The internationals... England 10 - 0 Latvia and Euro 2022 draw (17.45) PART 3a - Everton's new manager (24.30) PART 3b - WSL preview ft. exclusive interview with Reading's Natasha Dowie (28.00)

Nov 2

45 min 42 sec

Kait Borsay is joined by former Lioness and football legend Kelly Smith, alongside BBC football reporter Emma Sanders to discuss the Lionesses' performance against Northern Ireland and look ahead to the weekend's FA Cup semi-finals. All that plus exclusive interviews with Black icons of the game Hope Powell, Kerry Davis and Anita Asante. Which of their incredible achievements are they most proud of? How can a better pathway for Black players be built? And what more can be done to make young people aware of the talent that paved the way for them? RUNNING ORDER PART 1 - Lionesses v Northern Ireland (3.45) PART 2a - Black History Month interview with Hope Powell and Kerry Davis (15.45) PART 2b - Black History Month interview with Anita Asante (33.15) PART 3 - Other news ... Breast cancer awareness, Kelly Smith on the biennial World Cup (49.30) PART 4 - Coming up this week... World Cup qualifiers, Euro 2022 draw and FA Cup semi-finals (54.45)

Oct 26

59 min 58 sec

Lynsey Hooper is joined by former Lioness Claire Rafferty and football writer Carrie Dunn in the international break to discuss the WSL performances so far, Champions League action and more. Was it harsh of Everton to fire Willie Kirk on the weekend? Who are the up and coming Championship stars in the Conti Cup? And why do injured lower league players still face the prospect of ending their career if they can't afford surgery? All that plus a look ahead to the Lionesses' game against Northern Ireland on the weekend. RUNNING ORDER PART 1 - Moments of the WSL so far with NOW! (4.30) PART 2 - One word to describe each WSL team so far, Willie Kirk's departure and Conti Cup results (10.00) PART 3 - Champions League (25.15) PART 4a - In other news... Paying for surgery, tackling online hate and FIFA's grand plans for the women's game (31.45) PART 4b - Lionesses' upcoming matches (40.45)

Oct 19

46 min 10 sec

Lynsey Hooper is joined by former Matilda, Alicia Ferguson, as well as women's football writer and Sheffield United media officer, Rich Laverty, to talk through game week five of the WSL. This week: Has Gareth Taylor saved his neck with a 2-2 draw in the Manchester derby? Was that really a second yellow card offense from Spurs' Rachel Williams? And if you had to buy one, sub one and sell one from the Ballon d'Or nominee list, who would you pick? All that plus an exclusive interview with Birmingham Captain Louise Quinn who scored the equaliser against West Ham for their first point of the season. RUNNING ORDER PART 1 - Moments of the WSL with NOW! (4.00) PART 2 - Manchester United 2 - 2 Manchester City (5.45) PART 3 - Arsenal 3 - 0 Everton (12.00) PART 4a - Brighton 2 - 1 Spurs (20.45) PART 4b - Chelsea 2 - 0 Leicester City (25.00) PART 4c West Ham 1 - 1 Birmingham City with Louise Quinn (29.00) PART 5a Reading 3 - 0 Aston Villa (42.15) PART 5b - Champions League action past and future, Ballon d’Or nominees and WSL Hall of Fame (43.30)

Oct 12

54 min

Joining Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper it's former Lioness defender Laura Bassett to talk through game week four of the WSL.  This week: Is that one defeat too many for City? Are the Gunners just too good? And will Reading ever score?  All that plus an exclusive interview with Erin Cuthbert.  Running order:  PART 1 - Moments of the WSL with NOW! (03.44) PART 2a - Manchester City 0 - 2 West Ham (11.05) PART 2b - Aston Villa 0 - 4 Arsenal (20.08) PART 3a Chelsea 3 - 1 Brighton with Erin Cuthbert (23.14) PART 3b - Leicester 0 - 2 Tottenham (36.42) PART 3c - Birmingham City 0 - 2 Manchester United (40.10) PART 3d - Reading 0 - 3 Everton (44.07) PART 4a - Statement on men's World Cup timing (47.09) PART 4b - Last season's FA Cup this season (47.36)  PART 4c - Champions League action and a Manchester derby to come (48.50)

Oct 5

51 min 50 sec

Joining Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper it's former England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain to talk through game week three of the WSL. This week: Are City already out of the title race? Have Everton got their mojo back? And what happens to puppy teeth? All that plus a look ahead to the FA Cup - that's last season's FA Cup - will Leicester be able to pounce? We talk best goalkeepers in the WSL, and we show big love for Tobin Heath too. RUNNING ORDER PART 1a - Arsenal 5-0 City (02.00) PART 1b - United 1-6 Chelsea (13.00) PART 2a - Spurs 1-0 Reading (22.30) PART 2b - Everton 3-1 Birmingham with Izzy Christiansen (27.00) PART 2c - Brighton 0-1 Villa (41.00) PART 2d - West Ham 4-0 Leicester (43.00) PART 3 - Last season’s FA Cup this season (45.00)

Sep 28

50 min 56 sec

Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper are joined this week by The Athletic's Holly Percival to talk all about England and to preview the WSL fixtures for this weekend. This week: is Leah the best captain choice? Who knew Kirby could take corners? Not Emma Hayes that's for sure! And is Manchester United v Chelsea set to be a goal fest? All that plus we hear from City striker Janine Beckie ahead of their monster clash with Arsenal (that injury list is a worry though!) RUNNING ORDER PART 1 - The Women of FIFA 22 (02.00) PART 2 - Luxembourg 0-10 England (03.30) PART 3 - WSL Previews (16.00)

Sep 22

39 min 32 sec

Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper are back and joined by Arsenal Womens correspondent for Arseblog News, Tim Stillman. On the podcast today; Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United continue their impressive starts but all find themselves below Brighton & Hove Albion in the table - we hear from Brighton forward Ellie Brazil on the secret to their fantastic early season form. Plus Robyn Cowen joins us after Chelsea thrashed Everton 4-0 and the Champions League group stages are drawn.   RUNNING ORDER Man City 1-2 Spurs (3:20) Reading 0-4 Arsenal (8:30) Chelsea 4-0 Everton (16:20) Leicester City 1-3 Manchester United (26:00) Birmingham City 0-5 Brighton & Hove Albion (29:40) West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa (42:30) Get an Athletic subscription here

Sep 14

51 min 47 sec

Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper are back and joined by BBC Women’s Sport Reporter Jo Currie to reflect on an eventful opening weekend in the WSL. On the podcast today, we run the rule over all six opening fixtures including Arsenal’s impressive win over Chelsea, fantastic debuts for Man City, VAR controversy and a tribute to Lance Hardy. RUNNING ORDER Arsenal 3-2 Chelsea (2:10) Everton 0-4 Man City (15:45) Spurs 1-0 Birmingham (22:30) Manchester United 2-0 Reading (25:05) Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester (32:40) Brighton 2-0 West Ham (36:05) Get an Athletic subscription here

Sep 7

46 min 35 sec

Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper are back and joined by She Kicks editor Jen O'Neil to get you in the mood for the upcoming WSL season. On the show you'll hear from not one, not two, but FOUR players from across the league. We'll be talking you through our contenders, ones to watch, and those who we think will be slightly treading water this season. So stop reading this and get listening! RUNNING ORDER PART 1 - Contenders feat Arsenal’s Katie McCabe (05.00) PART 2a - Ones to watch with Man United’s Ella Toone (26.00) PART 2b - Newbies with Leicester’s Hannah Cain (37.00) PART 3 - Middlers with Spurs’ Shelina Zadorsky (45.00) PART 4 - Relegation worriers (55.00) Get an Athletic subscription here

Sep 1

1 hr 5 min

It's Canada who become gold medal winners at the Olympics after they beat Sweden on penalties to become champions. Joining Lynsey Hooper to go through the final and the tournament as a whole is Kait Borsay and Tim Stillman.

Aug 6

34 min 50 sec

Join Kait Borsay, broadcaster and Former Matilda Alicia Ferguson and Jen O'Neil from She Kicks for a full debrief of the bronze medal goal fest at Tokyo 2020. RUNNING ORDER PART 1a - Australia 3-4 USA (1.30) PART 1b - Meg Linehan on USA (17.00) PART 2 - Gold medal match preview (24.45)

Aug 5

38 min 35 sec

Lynsey Hooper, Kait Borsay and former Matilda Alicia Ferguson are here with the latest following the conclusion of the semi finals from Tokyo 2020. It wasn't the goalfest of the group stages and quarter finals, but Canada and Sweden came through in tense semi finals. RUNNING ORDER PART 1a - Canada - USA (04.00) PART 1b - Steph Yang on Canada - USA (17.00) PART 2a - Australia - Sweden (27.00) Part 2b - Mia Eriksson on Sweden (39.00)

Aug 2

46 min 36 sec

Kait Borsay, Flo Lloyd Hughes and Katie Whyatt are here with the latest following the conclusion of the quarter finals from Tokyo 2020. In a day that had everything, including plenty of penalties we are here to guide you through all the bits you may have missed RUNNING ORDER PART 1 - Scrambled eggs PART 2 - GB 3-4 Australia (05.00) PART 3a - USA 2-2 Netherlands - USA win 4-2 on pens with Brooks Peck (19.00) PART 4a - Sweden 3-1 Japan (32.00) PART 4b - Canada 0-0 Brazil - Canada win 4-3 on pens with Steph Yang (37.00)

Jul 30

47 min 11 sec

It's Lynsey Hooper, Florence Lloyd-Hughes, and Alicia Ferguson here to take you through Matchday 3 at the Tokyo Games. We now know who the quarter finalists are and how they got there - well we know who some of the quarter finalists are we're still on the lookout for Abbie Miedema and Ellie White. Here's how it sounds PART 1 - Day Three overview  PART 2a - GB 1-1 Canada (05.00) PART 2b - Chile 0-1 Japan (16.00) PART 3a - USA 0-0 Australia with Steph Yangn (18.00) PART 3b - Sweden 2-0 New Zealand (30.00) PART 4a - Netherlands 8-2 China (35.00) PART 4b - Brazil 1-0 Zambia with Tim Stillman (41.00) SIGN UP TO THE ATHLETIC HERE

Jul 27

49 min 59 sec

Join Lynsey Hooper, Kait Borsay, and Crystal Palace goalkeeper Chloe Morgan for a full round up of matchday 2 at Tokyo 2020. An insane day of 59 goals, two hat tricks and six penalties! RUNNING ORDER PART 1a - Japan 0-1 Team GB (02.00) PART 1b - Canada 2-1 Chile (14.00) PART 2a - Sweden 4-2 Australia with Frida Fagerlund (18.00) PART 2b - USA 6-1 New Zealand (26.50) PART 3a - Netherlands 3-3 Brazil with Annemarie Postma (32.50) PART 3b - China 4-4 Zambia (39.20)

Jul 24

45 min 18 sec

Join Lynsey Hooper, Kait Borsay, and former Olympian Alicia Ferguson for a full round up of matchday 1 at Tokyo 2020. It was a day that saw a whopping 28 goals, goal 187 for Sinclair, and the brightest shirts you've ever seen. Find out who was a bit amateurish, which team looks like it's peaking just at the right time, and that Alicia has a nickname for absolutely everyone! RUNNING ORDER PART 1 - Day One overview (01.00) PART 2a - GB 2-0 Chile (05.00) PART 2b - Canada 1-1 Japan (17.00) PART 3a - USA 0-3 Sweden with Meg Linehan (23.30) PART 3b - Australia 2-1 New Zealand (35.00) PART 4a - Brazil 5-0 China with Tim Stillman (43.00) PART 4b - Netherlands 10-3 Zambia (49.00) SIGN UP TO THE ATHLETIC HERE

Jul 21

53 min 58 sec

It's Olympics time and at the Offside Rule we are here with you throughout the tournament from beginning to gold medal match. On this preview show Kait Borsay, Lynsey Hooper, Katie Whyatt, and Flo Lloyd Hughes are here to make sure that you are Olympic ready as they go through group by group, team by team to get the full Tokyo picture ready for kick off. Along the way we have some local voices to help us suss out teams USA, Japan, and The Netherlands, and throughout the tournament we'll have many many more. RUNNING ORDER PART 1 - Olympics overview (02.00) PART 2a - Team GB (06.00) PART 2b - Japan with Dan Orlowitz (18.00) PART 2c - Canada (25.00) PART 2d - Chile (28.30) PART 3a - Brazil (33.30) PART 3b - Netherlands with Annemarie Postma (36.30) PART 3c - China (43.00) PART 3d - Zambia (45.00) PART 4a - USA with Steph Yang (48.00) PART 4b - Sweden (59.00) PART 4c - Australia (62.00) PART 4d - New Zealand (65.00) PART 5 - Sweepstake (67.00) SIGN UP TO THE ATHLETIC HERE

Jul 19

1 hr 10 min

Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by former England and Chelsea player Claire Rafferty to look back at the Women's Champions League Final between Chelsea and Barcelona in Gothenburg. Now part of Chelsea's Commercial Team, Claire takes us inside the dressing room on a difficult night for Emma Hayes' side. We also discuss the latest news from the WSL, including Casey Stoney's departure as Manchester United Manager, plus we look back at the action from the FA Cup 5th Round, and we hand out the 'Offside Rule Awards' for the season. RUNNING ORDER: 3.55 Chelsea 0 - Barcelona 4 18.50 FA Cup 5th Round & Managerial Departures 30.10 Transfer News 33.20 The Offside Rule Awards Thanks for listening this season. We'll be back with you soon. Until then, get in touch using @OffsideRulePod.

May 18

46 min 29 sec

Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper are joined by former New Zealand Captain, Champions League winner and fellow podcast host Bex Smith to discuss the final weekend of the WSL season that saw Chelsea crowned Champions. We're joined by their former Captain Katie Chapman and Blues' Chairman Adrian Jacob to talk about back to back titles for Chelsea and look ahead to the Champions League Final. Plus we round up all the other results including defeat for Bristol City which relegated them to the Championship. RUNNING ORDER: 4.45 Chelsea 5 - Reading 0 13.50 Katie Chapman interview 21.50 Adrian Jacob interview 33.10 West Ham 0 - Manchester City 1 41.00 Brighton 3 - Bristol City 1 44.20 Arsenal 0 - Aston Villa 0 48.40 Manchester United 2 - Everton 0 54.00 Birmingham 0 - Tottenham 1 55.40 Champions League Final Preview Get in touch @OffsideRulePod.

May 11

1 hr 1 min

Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by The Telegraph's Tom Garry to look back at an historic weekend in women's football, when Chelsea made it through to the Champions League Final for the first time. With The Blues in Europe, Manchester City kept up the pressure in the League by beating Birmingham. Plus, as the end of the season approaches, we look ahead to potential final day dramas. RUNNING ORDER: 01.00 The impact of the social media boycott by WSL clubs 5.40 Chelsea 4 - Bayern Munich 1 19.05 Manchester City 4 - Birmingham 0 23.45 Everton 1 - Arsenal 2 27.30 Bristol City 0 - Manchester United 1 30.20 Aston Villa 0 - West Ham 0 33.20 Reading 3 - Brighton and Hove Albion 2 35.00 Final day fixtures Get in touch @OffsideRulePod.

May 4

41 min 47 sec

Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by the Editor of She Kicks Magazine Jen O'Neill to look back at a weekend of late drama in the WSL, as Bristol City earn a draw at Aston Villa. After Reading's Fara Williams announced that she is to retire at the end of the season, we pay tribute to England's record appearance holder. Plus Manchester City's Demi Stokes joins the pod to talk title race, and we look ahead to Chelsea's Champions League semi final second leg. Running Order: 2.50 Aston Villa 2 - Bristol City 2 7.20 Birmingham 1 - Reading 1 10.00 Fara Williams retirement reaction 16.00 Arsenal 2 - Brighton 0 22.50 Manchester United 4 - Tottenham 1 27.20 West Ham 0 - Everton 0 29.50 Bayern Munich 2 - Chelsea 1 33.50 Demi Stokes Interview 43.15 Weekend Fixture Preview Get in touch @OffsideRulePod.

Apr 27

50 min 30 sec

Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper are joined by Reading and England midfielder Fara Williams to discuss the monster match that was Manchester City 2 Chelsea 2. We go through all the big talking points, and there are so many, discuss that save, and add several more entries to the Emma Hayes quote book. All that plus a look at Team GB's group in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and the weekend fixtures. RUNNING ORDER PART 1 - The ESL shattered (01.00) PART 2a - The Real Super League: Man City 2-2 Chelsea (06.00) PART 2b - Post match with The Athletic’s Katie Whyatt (19.00) PART 2c - Remaining fixtures for Chelsea and City (24.00) PART 3 - West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa, Team GB group announced, PGMOL in the women’s game (28.00) PART 4 - Upcoming fixtures (36.00)

Apr 21

41 min 10 sec

Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper are joined by the BBC's Chris Slegg to look back at a decade of the FA WSL. Everton Boss Willie Kirk joins the pod to give his take on the last 10 years of the League, plus we speak to the player who scored the very first WSL goal. We hear some special memories from various players and pundits, including Sue Smith, Casey Stoney and Laura Bassett, plus we try and pick our all-time WSL 11. If you disagree with our selection, get in touch @OffsideRulePod.

Apr 13

56 min 49 sec

Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper are joined by commentator, content creator and former player Samantha Miller to chat through another dramatic week in the WSL, including Birmingham City's letter to their Board complaining about conditions. Arsenal defender Jen Beattie gives her reaction to manager Joe Montemurro's decision to leave the club at the end of the season. Plus Brighton clip Manchester United's wings, as geese stop play. RUNNING ORDER: 2.10 Brighton 1 - Manchester United 0 8.40 Bristol City 0 - Arsenal 4 13.45 Jen Beattie Interview 22.25 Chelsea 6 - Birmingham City 0 34.45 Reading 0 - West Ham 5 38.00 Everton 3 - Aston Villa 1 39.50 Tottenham 0 - Manchester City 3 42.30 Leicester City promoted and International preview Get in touch @OffsideRulePod

Apr 6

47 min 23 sec

Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by Sheffield United forward Courtney Sweetman-Kirk to discuss all the action from the WSL. Kirby and Kerr are on the same wavelength for Chelsea as they remain top of the table, but Manchester City are pushing The Blues all the way. Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps joins the pod to tell us what it was like to play at Old Trafford, and we discuss a sweet day for the Toffees as Everton put 5 past Brighton. Plus, could there be a new European competition in the women's game? Claire Bloomfield of the European Club Association gives us the latest. RUNNING ORDER: 3.35 Chelsea 2 - Aston Villa 0 10.00 Manchester City 1 - Reading 0 13.55 Manchester United 2 - West Ham 0 17.40 Man United goalkeeper Mary Earps interview 25.40 Tottenham 0 - Arsenal 3 28.55 Brighton 0 - Everton 5 33.10 Birmingham 1 - Bristol City 1 35.50 The European Club Association's Head of Women's Football Claire Bloomfield interview 44.55 WSL fixtures this weekend Find out more: and get in touch using @OffsideRulePod

Mar 30

47 min 43 sec

Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by broadcaster Anne-Marie Batson to round up all the news from a week in the WSL. The FA's Kelly Simmons joins to pod to discuss the new broadcast deal for the League, plus we get an exclusive interview with one of the negotiators of that deal, David Kogan. In addition, we round up all the action on the field from the last week, Lynsey tries to work out who will be relegated at the end of the season, and we look ahead to Wednesday's Champions League quarter finals. RUNNING ORDER: 4.30 - The WSL's broadcast deal explained 9.25 The FA's Kelly Simmons joins the pod to discuss the potential impact of the new deal 16.00 David Kogan gives us the inside track on negotiating the TV rights 23.10 Arsenal 2 - Manchester United 0 28.20 Relegation battle discussed 33.50 The race for the title 37.40 Champions League preview and WSL look ahead Get in touch using @OffsideRulePod

Mar 23

46 min 8 sec

Kait Borsay is joined by Crystal Palace goalkeeper Chloe Morgan and the BBC's Women's Sport Reporter Jo Currie to look back at Sunday's Continental Cup Final and reflect on the news that the 2020/21 season has ended for teams in tiers 3-6 of the women's football pyramid. Plus Bristol City's Aimee Palmer joins the pod to talk through the cup final, bouncing back from defeat and Yana Daniels' woodwork skills. RUNNING ORDER: 3,00 Continental Cup Final 13,00 Interview with Bristol City's Aimee Palmer 24,00 News on tiers 3-6 of the women's football pyramid 34,00 Champions League draw and midweek fixtures Get in touch using @OffsideRulePod

Mar 16

44 min 26 sec

Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by The Telegraph's women's football reporter Tom Garry to look back at a dramatic weekend in the WSL's relegation battle, as Bristol City move off the bottom of the table with victory over Reading. Tom also makes a bold claim about top of the table Chelsea, and, for International Women's Day, we speak to a trailblazer - former England Captain Mary Phillip, who now coaches men's side Peckham Town. RUNNING ORDER: 01.35 Bristol City 3 - Reading 2 08.45 West Ham 0 - Chelsea 2 14.30 Manchester City 1 - Everton 0 19.15 Manchester United 3 - Aston Villa 0 23.40 Birmingham 0 Arsenal 4 30.00 Brighton 2 - Tottenham 0 33.40 Team GB news 39.00 Interview with former England Captain, now Manager at Peckham Town, Mary Phillip 54.25 Cup news and WSL previews Get in touch using @OffsideRulePod

Mar 9

1 hr

Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by presenter, broadcaster and former Spurs player Samantha Miller to dissect the weekend's WSL action, which saw Manchester City close the gap on League leaders Chelsea. Arsenal Defender and Harry Potter fan Anna Patten joins the pod to discuss the Gunners' first win of 2021, whilst Samantha explains Jill Scott's bee celebration after scoring Everton's winner. RUNNING ORDER: 01.00 - Intro 4.50 - Birmingham City 0 - Manchester City 4 12.00 - Aston Villa 0 - Arsenal 4 16.30 - Arsenal Defender Anna Patten on Harry Potter and why Miedema is magic. 27.20 Tottenham 2 - Everton 3 33.00 - Relegation chat and Champions League preview. Find us on social media @OffsideRulePod.

Mar 2

40 min 38 sec

Lynsey Hooper, Kait Borsay and former defender Laura Bassett look back at England's first international in almost a year, a 6-0 win over Northern Ireland. Laura pays tribute to her ex-teammate Jill Scott, who won her 150th cap in the game, plus we hear from the Brighton Manager, Hope Powell, who gave Scott her England debut in 2006. RUNNING ORDER: 2.30 England 6 - Northern Ireland 0 9.30 Hege Riise chat, England's interim manager 16.00 Laura reflects on Jill Scott's 150th England cap 21.00 Hope Powell interview - on England, Brighton and BAME representation in football management 44.00 Other Home Nations news 45.15 WSL preview and Title race chat Get in touch @OffsideRulePod

Feb 23

51 min 24 sec

Katie Whyatt of The Athletic and She Kicks Magazine's Jen O'Neill join Lynsey Hooper to dissect the latest round of WSL action, including Chelsea's 5 star performance against Bristol City and Caroline Weir's worldy in the Manchester Derby. Lynsey also chats to Reading's Angharad James direct from Wales' training camp and we look ahead to England v Northern Ireland. RUNNING ORDER: 02'45" Bristol City 0 - Chelsea 5 09'40" Manchester City 3 - Manchester United 0 17'55" Aston Villa - Arsenal P-P 21'05" Reading 1 - Everton 1 24'30" Brighton 1 - West Ham 0 31'00" International previews 35'50" Reading's Angharad James joins Lynsey from the Wales camp Get in touch @OffsideRulePod

Feb 16

49 min 18 sec

Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by BBC Sport's Jo Currie to chat about the weekend's WSL action and the latest England squad announcement. RUNNING ORDER: 4'00" - Chelsea - Brighton & Hove Albion 12 00" - Manchester United - Reading 18'00" - Arsenal - Manchester City 24'00" - Everton - Birmingham City 28'00" - Aston Villa - Tottenham 31'00" - West Ham United - Bristol City 34'00" - England squad announcement 41'00" - Other news Find out more: Get in touch @OffsideRulePod

Feb 9

51 min 21 sec

Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper are joined by Tim Stillman from Arseblog to chat through all the WSL news. Plus an interview with England and Birmingham City goalkeeper Hannah Hampton. RUNNING ORDER: 2'00" - Bristol City - Brighton & Hove Albion 10'00" - Chelsea - Spurs 15'00" - Everton - Manchester United 22'00" - Manchester City - West Ham 28'00" - Hannah Hampton interview 39'00" - Other news Find out more: Get in touch @OffsideRulePod

Feb 2

46 min 35 sec

Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by The Telegraph's Tom Garry to talk through all the WSL games, the latest transfers and a managerial change at Aston Villa. Plus an interview with Leicester City forward Tash Flint. RUNNING ORDER 2’00” Manchester United-Birmingham City 10'00" Brighton & Hove Albion-Manchester City 20’00” Aston Villa- Reading 26’00” Tash Flint 36"00 Other news Find out more: Get in touch @OffsideRulePod

Jan 26

52 min 10 sec

Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by BBC Sport's Chris Slegg to chat through all the WSL action including the title clash between Chelsea and Manchester United and the battle at the bottom. Plus an interview with Bristol City's Jemma Purfield. RUNNING ORDER 2’00” Chelsea - Manchester United 15'00" Manchester City - Aston Villa 20’00” Everton - Bristol 25’00” Jemma Purfield 32”00 West Ham - Spurs and Birmingham - Brighton 35"00 Other news Find out more: Get in touch @OffsideRulePod

Jan 19

44 min 52 sec

Kait Borsay is joined by Jen O'Neil from She Kicks and The Athletics Katie Whyatt to discuss all the news from a dramatic week in women's football. We hear from Tottenham Hotspur's new manager Rehanne Skinner and England and WSL legend Jo Potter on why she's decided to retire. RUNNING ORDER: 2’00” Chelsea  6’30” Dubai  20’00” Rehanne Skinner 29’40” Women’s FA Cup 31’40” Jo Potter 41’50” Other news Find out more: Get in touch @OffsideRulePod

Jan 12

48 min 7 sec

Lynsey Hooper is joined by the BBC's Women's Sports Reporter Jo Currie and former player turned presenter Samantha Miller for the last episode of the year. Manchester United top the WSL at Christmas, Arsenal are up to second and the Royals make a Christmas statement - we hear from Reading's Jess Fishlock. Plus we host our own virtual awards ceremony, because everyone else is! Merry Christmas! RUNNING ORDER: Part 1 - good news for WSL viewers? (01.00) Part 2a - Manchester United 6 - Bristol City 1 (03.25) Part 2b - Arsenal 4 - Everton 0 (11.10) Part 2c - Brighton 1 - Reading 3 (16.40) Part 2d - Jess Fishlock interview (19.50) Part 3 - P-P matches and Alex Morgan's return to the USA (31.35) Part 4a - Lucy Bronze, FIFA's World's Best Player (38.30) Part 4b - The Offside Rule virtual awards (41.50) Find out more: Get in touch: @OffsideRulePod

Dec 2020

52 min 28 sec

Lynsey Hooper is joined by The Athletic's Women's Football Correspondent, Katie Whyatt, and the Editor of She Kicks Magazine, Jen O'Neill, to look back at a dramatic weekend of late winners in the WSL. They discuss Manchester City's last-gasp victory over Arsenal and where this leaves the title race. Will League leaders Manchester United last the distance, and are Chelsea their biggest challengers? Plus Rich Laverty joins us to run through the top 100 players on the planet. RUNNING ORDER: Part 1 - virtual Christmas parties and blowing our own trumpets (01.00) Part 2 - Manchester City 2 - Arsenal 1 (3.15) Part 3a - Reading 1 - Manchester United 2 (13.50) Part 3b - Brighton 0 - Chelsea 1 (20.35) Part 3c - Tottenham 3 - Aston Villa 1 (26.10) Part 3d - Bristol City 0 - West Ham 4 Part 3e - Birmingham P - Everton P (35.15) Part 3f - Champions League and WSL previews (36.20) Part 4 - Top 100 female footballers in the world revealed (40.45) Find out more: Get in touch: @OffsideRulePod

Dec 2020

48 min 24 sec

Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay are joined by journalist Carrie Dunn to review all the action from the weekend when the WSL returned, along with the fans. They discuss a first win of the season for Tottenham under their new manager, a hat-trick for Sam Kerr as Chelsea win at home again, and Caroline Weir's wonder crosses for Manchester City. RUNNING ORDER: Part 1 - Fans back, turnstyle troubles and England v England (01.00) Part 2 - Tottenham 3 - Brighton and Hove Albion 1 (04.20) Part 3 - Chelsea 3 - West Ham 2 (09.30) Part 3b - Arsenal 3 - Birmingham City 0 (15.55) Part 3c - Aston Villa 0 - Manchester United 2 (20.44) Part 3d - Everton 0 - Manchester City 3 (26.50) Part 3e - Reading 1 - Bristol City 1 (30.55) Part 4 - Champions League and WSL previews (33.45) Find out more and get in touch with us here

Dec 2020

42 min 11 sec

The former England defender Laura Bassett joins Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper to discuss her career to date. From pretending to be a Spice Girl at school, to gaining prominence as captain of Birmingham City, to life at Arsenal, Leeds, Chelsea and Notts County. Laura also discusses her World Cup heartbreak in 2015 and the friendships she's made in over a decade at the top of women's football.

Dec 2020

46 min 9 sec

Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper are joined by the BBC's Tom Garry and the Crystal Palace goalkeeper Chloe Morgan. Former West Ham manager Matt Beard discusses his departure from the club in his first broadcast interview since leaving the Hammers. Plus news of managerial movement at Spurs and we're joined by Durham Boss Lee Sanders to talk WSL Championship. RUNNING ORDER: Part 1 - New jobs and life at Palace (01.00) Part 2a - West Ham chat (04.10) Part 2b - Matt Beard interview (10.00) Part 3 - Spurs chat (21.00) Part 4a - A look into the WSL Championship (28.40) Part 4b - Lee Sanders interview, Durham Manager (36.40)

Nov 2020

48 min 29 sec

Kait Borsay is joined by the BBC's Jo Currie and the former Everton and Liverpool forward Courtney Sweetman-Kirk to discuss the talking points from the weekend's WSL action, including the Manchester Derby, a London derby, and the Birmingham Derby. Plus Man City's Laura Coombs is a Lioness once more. RUNNING ORDER: PART 1 - Jo on interviewing 'The Pinoe' and Courtney chats life at Sheffield United (01.00) PART 2 - Manchester United 2 - Manchester City 2 (08.40) PART 3a - Arsenal 1 - Chelsea 1 (16.40) PART 3b - Everton 1 - Reading 1 (22.15) PART 4a - Aston Villa 0 - Birmingham City 1 (26.45) PART 4b - Bristol City 2 - Tottenham 2 (29.10) PART 4c - West Ham 0 - Brighton 1 (32.55) PART 5 - Lionesses training squad discussed and Euro Qualifiers preview (35.40) PART 6 - League Cup preview (41.20) Find out more:

Nov 2020

45 min 50 sec

Arsenal blogger Tim Stillman joins Lynsey Hooper and Kait Borsay to discuss the Gunners' defeat to Manchester United, who now top the WSL for the very first time - we hear from United's goalscorer Ella Toone. Plus why Bethany England deserves a place in Chelsea's starting eleven, we discuss first league wins of the season for West Ham and Aston Villa, Alex Morgan finally makes her Spurs debut and we have a rant about girls' football academies. RUNNING ORDER: PART 1 - Footballing Dads (01.00) PART 2a - Manchester United 1 - Arsenal 0 (02.47) PART 2b - Ella Toone interview (11.10) PART 3 a - Chelsea 4 - Everton 0 (19.10) PART 3b - Birmingham City 1 - West Ham United 2 (27.40) PART 3c - Brighton and Hove Albion 0 - Aston Villa 2 (30.50) PART 3d - Manchester City 8 - Bristol City 1 (33.10) PART 3e - Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Reading 1 (39.00) PART 4 - Girls' football academies chat PART 5 - The Women's Football Weekend preview (47.00)

Nov 2020

52 min 37 sec