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Big boots to fill

5 December 2022 - 51 mins
Podcast Series The Athletic Women's Football Podcast

Lynsey Hooper is with former Australia player Alicia Ferguson-Cook and Tim Stillman to chat about the weekend's WSL action and more.

Why are women still wearing men's fit boots? Is this causing injuries? And what's the solution? Find out more as we chat to Laura Youngson, co-founder of Ida Sports, and podiatric surgeon Dr Karli Richards.

Plus, have a go at our quiz. It's all about the men's World Cup stats that forget about the women.


Quiz on World Cup stats that forgot about the women (1.30)

Manchester United 5 - 0 Aston Villa (8.00)

Reading 1 - 0 Tottenham & Liverpool 2 - 0 West Ham (18.00)

Arsenal 1 - 0 Everton (25.30)

Boots and injuries (33.00)

Coming up (45.00)


51 mins

Series Episodes

Is this real life? Is this just fantasy?

Is this real life? Is this just fantasy?

Lynsey Hooper is with The Athletic's Harriet Drudge and Sarah Shephard for your latest women's football fix after the FA Cup weekend where Lewes hosted giants Man United and Villa shocked Man City.  Why isn't there an official women's fantasy football? We chat to El Bill from ShePlays who have set up their own fantasy league. She tells us about the struggles to find stats and why you shouldn't pick Leah Williamson. Plus ahead of El Clasico and Bayern against Wolfsburg, Alina Ruprecht updates us on how Georgia Stanway has been getting on in Munich.  Producer: Sophie Penney  WHAT’S WHEN?  PART 1  Lewes 1 - 3 Manchester United (5.00) Aston Villa 2 - 1 Manchester City (13.00) PART 2  Fantasy Football (16.00) PART 3 Big European clashes ft. Alina Ruprecht on Stanway (27.30) PART 4  Women’s football weekend mini preview (41.00) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

44 mins

20 March Finished

Chelsea return to the top, Bunny Shaw scores goals, and criticisms of Canada Soccer

Chelsea return to the top, Bunny Shaw scores goals, and criticisms of Canada Soccer

Joining Lynsey Hooper this week to go through the latest news and developments in the women's game it's The Athletic's Michael Cox and Bristol City coach Anita Asante. This week the team react to Chelsea returning to the top of the league, despite not being at their best, they discuss Leah Williamson's best position, and give some much overdue hype and praise to Man City's Bunny Shaw. Plus we speak with The Athletic's Steph Yang for the latest with the Canada Soccer hearings, and Charlotte Harpur brings us up to date with France following Corinne Diacre's sacking. RUNNING ORDER PART 1 Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United - 3mins Arsenal 4-0 Reading - 14mins Bringing the bunny hype! - 20 mins Spurs’ unwanted run - 25 mins  PART 2 France update with Charlotte Harpur - 27mins Canada update with Steph Yang - 32 mins PART 3 Life at Bristol City as a coach - 43 mins Weekend preview - 46 mins Produced by Abi Paterson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

56 mins

13 March Finished

Gunners Glory, French Crisis and International Women's Day Allies

Gunners Glory, French Crisis and International Women's Day Allies

Lynsey Hooper is joined by Leeds United legend and broadcasting superstar Lucy Ward and The Athletic’s Charlotte Harpur to analyse the Conti Cup final, the crisis in the French team, International Women’s Day Allies and so much more. We hear from Anton Toloui on what he thinks “ally” means, how much the landscape has changed for women in football, changing stereotypes and his broadcasting bugbears. Charlotte explains what went down at the Financial Times’ Business of Football Summit including the radical proposal to put women’s football games in the Saturday 3pm Blackout and the latest news surrounding the French national team’s crisis. Producer: Dougie Critchley What’s when: Continental Cup Final Analysis: (01:53) Man United THRASH Leicester City (11:33) French team crisis and what happens next (18:54) International Women’s Day Allies with Anton Toloui (29:37) Business Of Football Summit and Chelsea vs United Prediction (39:42) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

52 mins

6 March Finished

Taking the onus off Jonas and fixing the internet

Taking the onus off Jonas and fixing the internet

Lynsey Hooper is with ex-WSL defender turned PFA women’s football EDI officer, Fern Whelan and The Athletic’s Art De Roche for your weekly women’s football update.  What let Arsenal down against Chelsea? Perfect protest timing from France’s star players? And are the right people leading the new group deciding the future of women’s football?  Plus producer Sophie chats about tailoring artificial intelligence to fight online abuse towards female athletes specifically and clearing the internet of the male default with Kasey Machin, COO of Areto Labs, and Rebecca Sowden, ex-New Zealand international and founder of Team Heroine. Producer: Sophie Penney  WHAT’S WHEN?  Part 1 - FIFA Best reaction (4.00) Part 2- Conti Cup final ticket competition (5.00) Part 2 - Chelsea 2 - 0 Arsenal (5.40) Part 3 - France player protests (19.00) Part 4 - Online abuse and internet gender bias (24.00) Part 5 - WSL working group and See it, Achieve it (43.00) Part 6 - Coming up - Conti Cup final and WSL (46.30) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

50 mins

27 February Finished

Clark Cup, Cameroon and Cymru

Clark Cup, Cameroon and Cymru

Lynsey Hooper is with ex-England captain Faye White and The Athletic duo of Charlotte Harpur and Michael Cox to talk Lionesses, Ona Batlle, Super League and much more.  Leah Williamson tells us what she thinks of switching into midfield.  Plus, Italian journalist Lucia Pirola gives us the low down on Italy.  We get an African update from the World Cup qualifiers courtesy of journalist Alasdair Howorth.  And ahead of the FA Cup 5th round, we talk prize money with Michele Adams MBE, the Chair of Cardiff City Ladies, the lowest ranked side left in the competition.  Producer: Sophie Penney WHAT’S WHEN?  Part 1 - Ona Battle transfer exclusive (1.00) Part 2 - England 2 - 1 Italy ft. Leah Williamson (4.00) Part 3 - Italy with Lucia Pirola (19.30) Part 4 - African nations at the World Cup qualifiers with Alasdair Howorth (26.00) Part 5 - Should we have a closed WSL? How about a Super League? (32.30) Part 6 - FA Cup with Cardiff City Ladies Chair Michele Adams MBE (42.00) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

53 mins

20 February Finished

The gloves are off

The gloves are off

Lynsey Hooper is here for a goalkeeping special with ex-England and Manchester City keeper Karen Bardsley and former Tottenham and Crystal Palace keeper Chloe Morgan.  Liverpool goalkeeper Rachael Laws joins us to chat about the psychology behind the position.  And join us to discuss the latest WSL action. Was it a red card for Toone? Why is there so much goalkeeper rotation in the WSL right now? Can we measure a goalkeeper’s success in terms of clean sheets? Producer: Sophie Penney  WHAT’S WHEN?  Part 1a - Manchester City 2 -1 Arsenal (3.00) Part 1b - Tottenham 1 - 2 Manchester United (11.00) Part 1c - Other results (17.30) Part 1d - Interview with Liverpool’s Rachael Laws (18.00) Part 2 - Champions League draw (36.00) Part 3 - Goalkeeper rotation and the talent pool (39.00) Part 4 - Coming up - Arnold Clark Cup and Canada strike (45.00) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

51 mins

13 February Finished


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