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Full Time with Meg Linehan: A show about women's soccer

Full Time with Meg Linehan is a weekly soccer podcast expanding The Athletic’s coverage of the U.S. women’s national team, the National Women’s Soccer League, and the larger world of international soccer. Meg tackles the culture, context, and conversations about the sport here in America and beyond, with help from fellow writers and insiders from all corners of the game.

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Full Time with Meg Linehan is a weekly soccer podcast expanding The Athletic’s coverage of the U.S. women’s national team, the National Women’s Soccer League, and the larger world of international soccer. Meg tackles the culture, context, and conversations about the sport here in America and beyond, with help from fellow writers and insiders from all corners of the game.

Tokyo Olympics: A Statement Win From Sweden Rocks the USWNT

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The USWNT got a rude awakening to the start of their Olympic tournament, with Sweden dismantling them on Wednesday in a 3-0 win. Steph Yang joins for the first match-day reaction pod here at Full Time, where we try to make sense of the defeat and figure out what comes next, plus review the results from every single game (with big wins from the Netherlands and Brazil, opening victories from Team GB and Australia and Canada and Japan settling for the only draw on Wednesday).


For all our Olympic women’s soccer coverage at The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/tag/tokyo-2020-womens-soccer/


Our guide to the tournament (free and unlocked to read): https://theathletic.com/2711374/2021/07/16/tokyo-2020-olympics-womens-football-soccer-guide/


For even more Olympics podcasting from The Athletic, subscribe to The Offside Rule: Olympics Edition on Apple: ​​https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-offside-rule-olympics-edition/id1478431097

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Jul 21 2021

42mins

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Tokyo Olympics: Let The Games Begin

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The Olympics are almost here — and we’re shifting into tournament mode at Full Time. Brooks Peck, deputy managing editor at The Athletic’s soccer vertical, helps kick off the first Olympics edition of the show as we preview the tournament and what we’re watching for in Japan, plus give you an overview of how to follow the tournament via our coverage. Plus: how to watch the opening day of games in the U.S.!


For all our Olympic women’s soccer coverage at The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/tag/tokyo-2020-womens-soccer/


Our guide to the tournament (free and unlocked to read): https://theathletic.com/2711374/2021/07/16/tokyo-2020-olympics-womens-football-soccer-guide/


For even more Olympics podcasting from The Athletic, subscribe to The Offside Rule: Olympics Edition on Apple: ​​https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-offside-rule-olympics-edition/id1478431097

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Jul 20 2021

30mins

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Prepping for the Olympics with Mia Hamm

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Mia Hamm joins Full Time to discuss setting a new record with her rookie card, Olympics from 1996 to 2021, how LAFC and AS Roma have taught her authenticity is important as an owner for Angel City, and more. 


Follow Mia Hamm on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiaHamm


Read Adam Crafton and Katie Whyatt’s story on Manchester United Women: https://theathletic.com/2698027/


Follow all of our Olympic women’s soccer coverage at The Athletic in one place here: https://theathletic.com/tag/tokyo-2020-womens-soccer/


Hear the Foo Fighters Artifact here: https://youtu.be/H_ns8Mg-Dvk

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Jul 15 2021

1hr 1min

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Send Off Complete & the Fight for LGBTQ+ Visibility at Euro 2020

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We’ve hit episode 50 of Full Time with Meg Linehan, and we’re celebrating with an extra-jammed pack episode. First, Sandra Herrera of CBS Sports hops on to catch up on the USWNT Send-Off Series, the NWSL and her new podcast with CBS and co-host Lisa Roman, Attacking Third. Then Adam Crafton of The Athletic joins and we get a bit outside the women’s game to discuss what’s been happening at Euro 2020 when it comes to rainbow armbands, stadiums lit up across Germany, and how governing bodies are addressing homophobia.


Follow Sandra Herrera on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SandHerrera_


Follow Attacking Third on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AttackingThird


Subscribe to Attacking Third on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/attacking-third-a-cbs-sports-soccer-podcast/id1573642138


Follow Adam Crafton on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AdamCrafton_


Read Adam’s story ‘UEFA, a rainbow armband and an uncomfortable blind eye to homophobia in eastern Europe’: https://theathletic.com/2665233/2021/06/22/uefa-a-rainbow-armband-and-an-uncomfortable-blind-eye-to-homophobia-in-eastern-europe/

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Jul 08 2021

1hr 21mins

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Driving the Future of Women's Sports with Data

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Caiti Donovan, VP of data and insights with Sports Innovation Lab, joins Full Time to walk us through a new report designed to unlock the business case for women’s sports. Driven by fan data, we discuss the changing profile of fandom, quality over quantity of fan engagement and why fan behaviors are more important than fan demographics when trying to grow the game.


Read The Fan Project report here: https://www.thefanproject.co/


Follow The Fan Project on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/thefanprojectco


Follow Caiti Donovan on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Caiti326


Read Steph Yang on Angel City FC’s new crest: https://theathletic.com/2681324/2021/06/30/angel-city-crest-nwsl/


Red Meg on Team Mew-S-A: https://theathletic.com/2673558/2021/06/25/sam-kristie-mewis-beer-uswnt/

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Jul 01 2021

51mins

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The USWNT Roster Is In

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Meg is back from Texas! Steph Yang hops on to discuss the final decisions for the USWNT Olympic roster, then Paul Tenorio joins to fill everyone in on the latest from the Olivia Moultrie vs. NWSL lawsuit. Spoiler: it did not go well for the NWSL. 


Follow Steph on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thrace


Our unlocked, free to read roster news story: https://theathletic.com/news/uswnt-reveals-18-player-olympic-squad-led-by-megan-rapinoe-rose-lavelle/P0TN1568gb39


Read our morning analysis of the roster: https://theathletic.com/2668995/2021/06/23/uswnt-olympic-roster-2021/

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Jun 23 2021

51mins

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Roster Processing and Putting the L in NWSL

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Meg is back from Texas! Steph Yang hops on to discuss the final decisions for the USWNT Olympic roster, then Paul Tenorio joins to fill everyone in on the latest from the Olivia Moultrie vs. NWSL lawsuit. Spoiler: it did not go well for the NWSL. 


Follow Steph on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thrace


Follow Paul on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaulTenorio


Read Steph’s assessment of the USWNT roster: https://theathletic.com/2658453/2021/06/17/uswnt-olympics-roster-watch/


Read Paul’s latest on Moultrie vs. NWSL (free to read): https://theathletic.com/news/olivia-moultrie-wins-preliminary-injunction-in-fight-against-nwsls-age-rule/qfcnsLgl3BrV

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Jun 18 2021

1hr 15mins

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Summer Series, Having A Blast

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HAO is back! Heather O’Reilly swings by the pod to help break down the USWNT roster and upcoming Summer Series games, with plenty of first-hand knowledge of how an 18-player Olympic roster gets made. From the role of alternates to how versatility is key, we try to tackle everything you need to watch these three games with the final roster in mind.


Follow Heather O’Reilly on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeatherOReilly


Check out The Athletic’s Euros coverage: https://theathletic.com/tag/uefa-euro/

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Jun 10 2021

47mins

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Double The Full Time, Double The Fun

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Steph Yang has officially joined The Athletic as our second full time women’s soccer writer, and she joins the show to discuss the new role, avoid talking about herself at all costs, and actually talk about some soccer, the NWSL, and we face the ultimate question together: if we had 5 chickens like Crystal Dunn, what would we name them?


Follow Steph Yang on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thrace


Read Steph’s intro at The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/2619997/2021/06/01/steph-yang-womens-soccer/

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Jun 03 2021

1hr 3mins

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The Rookie From Racing

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Emina Ekic contributed a goal and an assist in Racing Louisville FC’s first victory of 2021 and their first as an expansion team. The hometown rookie joins Full Time to discuss moving up to the pros, pizza, and passing drills with Yuki Nagasato.


Follow Emina Ekic on Twitter: https://twitter.com/emina_ekic10


Follow Emina Ekic on Instagram (this means you, Yuki): https://www.instagram.com/emina_ekic10/


Read Paul Tenorio on the USSF and SUM split: https://theathletic.com/2608411/


Read Shireen Ahmed’s story: https://www.tsn.ca/a-year-after-floyd-s-death-the-fight-for-accountability-and-justice-continues-1.1645014


Read Tim Graham’s story: https://theathletic.com/2585750/


Read Jeff Rueter’s story: https://theathletic.com/2613034/

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May 27 2021

45mins

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Try This One Simple Trick Marketers Hate

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The Athletic’s Jeff Rueter joins Full Time to walk through the risks and rewards of rebranding a club as we examine what went wrong with Columbus Crew but right with Gotham FC, plus American soccer’s strange relationship with its own history. Also, of course, we discuss our favorite abandoned trademark, DOGSO.


Follow Jeff on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeffrueter


More on the Santa Clara support section: https://theathletic.com/2597864/


More info/pre-order Secrets of Success: https://meglinehan.com/#book


Read ‘Beats, cleats and eats: 10 strange North American soccer trademarks’ by Jeff Rueter and Pablo Maurer: https://theathletic.com/2005515/

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May 20 2021

55mins

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Win Everything

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Kelli Hubly, defender for Portland Thorns FC, joins Full Time to talk about the first trophy of 2021 for the Thorns after their Challenge Cup success last weekend. Plus, she walks through the tournament final, provides insight on teammates like AD Franch and Christine Sinclair, and we reminisce about the time a basketball game broke out in the midst of a NWSL. media day


Follow Kelli on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kellihubly


Read more on Casey Stoney stepping down from Manchester United: https://theathletic.com/news/casey-stoney-manchester-united-women/KxhsjnNb4RF7


Read more on Mark Parsons heading to the Netherlands: https://theathletic.com/news/thorns-mark-parsons-to-coach-dutch-national-team-after-21-nwsl-season-sources/OTFLCsup0BN8

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May 13 2021

39mins

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What Is Happening?

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A pretty jam-packed show this week on Full Time. First, Paul Tenorio of The Athletic joins to discuss the story of the lawsuit filed on behalf of 15-year-old Olivia Moultrie, who’s trying to sign a contract with Portland Thorns FC. Then, Howard Megdal of The Next and The IX Newsletter is on to break down all of the storylines around the NWSL Challenge Cup final, make a case for New Jersey’s finest Carli Lloyd, and take a step back to discuss the landscape of the NWSL and women’s sports coverage in general.


Read Paul’s news story on the lawsuit: https://theathletic.com/news/teen-soccer-phenom-olivia-moultrie-sues-nwsl-for-right-to-play-in-league/Wz5D56HklWta


Read Paul’s feature on how the age limit might pose antitrust problems for the NWSL: https://theathletic.com/2516805/2021/04/13/olivia-moultrie-nwsl-mls/


Follow Howard Megdal on Twitter: https://twitter.com/howardmegdal


The Next Hoops on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheNextHoops


The IX Newsletter (with Annie Peterson on women’s soccer!): https://twitter.com/TheIXNewsletter

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May 06 2021

1hr 30mins

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Creating a Paradigm for the NWSL

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Meghann Burke, recently named executive director of the NWSL Players’ Association, joins the show to discuss her new role with the PA, her roots in women’s soccer and law, the process of how a CBA gets made and how this will define the new paradigm for the National Women’s Soccer League.


Follow Meghann Burke on Twitter: https://twitter.com/meghannburke


Visit the NWSLPA website: https://www.nwslplayers.com/


Follow the NWSLPA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nwsl_players


Yes, the schedule is out (2021 regular season edition): https://theathletic.com/news/nwsl-releases-schedule-for-2021-regular-season-which-kicks-off-may-15/HCmeVnzJNLzG


A Saturday with NWSL Analitica tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-saturday-with-nwsl-analitica-tickets-152020195497

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Apr 29 2021

57mins

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All Vibes, No Defense

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Kaylyn Kyle has been on plenty of the calls for the Challenge Cup so far, and she’s on Full Time to cover a lot of NWSL ground, plus the Olympic draw, the short life of the European Super League (born April 18, 2021; died April 20, 2021), and saying nice things about Americans.


Follow Kaylyn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KaylynKyle


Follow Kaylyn on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaylynkyle/


For more on Full Time: https://fulltimepod.com/

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Apr 22 2021

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The 27-Word Afterthought

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The late night Sunday announcement of the European Super League could only mean one thing — a bonus episode to focus entirely on what this means for women’s football. Caoimhe O’Neill, staff writer at The Athletic covering Liverpool, joins the show to break down what we know so far about the breakaway league’s vague promise of a corresponding women’s version.


Follow Caoimhe on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaoimheSport


Read her article with Phil Buckingham on what the European Super League means for women’s football: https://theathletic.com/2529546/


For all of The Athletic’s stories on the European Super League: https://theathletic.com/tag/european-super-league/


For more on Full Time: https://fulltimepod.com/

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Apr 20 2021

40mins

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Generational Growing Pains

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Sandra Herrera of CBS Sports and Steph Yang of All for XI join Full Time to help try and make sense of the past week across the NWSL and FIFA window, on and mostly off the field as the NWSL continues to try and navigate its generational growing pains.


Follow Sandra on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SandHerrera_


Follow Steph on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thrace


Follow Yuki Nagasato on Twitter (you won’t regret it): https://twitter.com/Yuki_Ogimi


For more on Full Time: https://fulltimepod.com/

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Apr 15 2021

1hr 23mins

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It's A Beautiful New Day

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Full Time with Meg Linehan is back from vacation mode and just in time for the kick off of the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup. Alyse LaHue, just updated her job title from general manager of Sky Blue FC to general manager of NJ/NY Gotham FC, and she joined the podcast to go in-depth on the decision to rebrand one of the most historic pro women’s soccer clubs in the country.

For everything Gotham FC: https://www.gothamfc.com/

Follow Alyse LaHue on Twitter: https://twitter.com/alahue

Challenge Cup guide: https://theathletic.com/2438627/

Read “The NWSL Policy on Transgender Athletes is Not a Policy of Trans Inclusion” at The Victory Press: https://victorypress.org/2021/04/03/the-nwsl-policy-on-transgender-athletes-is-not-a-policy-of-trans-inclusion/

Get Erica L. Ayala to the 2022 Winter Olympics! https://gofund.me/f0aa76ac

Full Time with Meg Linehan listener survey: https://forms.gle/9TS7CKXpF5vwY76E9

For more on Full Time: https://fulltimepod.com/

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Apr 08 2021

51mins

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The Face of U.S. Soccer

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Marcus Thompson II, lead columnist at The Athletic, is back on Full Time to discuss his latest article, ‘Please don’t shrink’: Inside the movement to elevate Black women in U.S. soccer. We discuss his comprehensive story, and who gets to be the face of U.S. soccer. 


Follow Marcus on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThompsonScribe


Read ‘Please don’t shrink’: Inside the movement to elevate Black women in U.S. soccer: https://theathletic.com/2404984/


Chantel Jennings’ full guide to the 2021 NCAA tournament and March Madness bracket: https://theathletic.com/2454892/


Black Women’s Player Collective fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/f/black-womens-player-collective


Full Time with Meg Linehan listener survey: https://forms.gle/9TS7CKXpF5vwY76E9


For more on Full Time: https://fulltimepod.com/

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Mar 18 2021

1hr 9mins

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Yes, The Schedule Is Out (The 2021 Edition)

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Emily Anderson and Lesley Ryder of Gal Pal Sports join Full Time to discuss comedy, content, and the culture of the NWSL, why Alyse LaHue of Sky Blue FC makes for the perfect inspiration for their videos, and plenty more.


Follow Gal Pal Sports on Twitter: https://twitter.com/galpalsports


Yes, you can still get the shirt: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/isthescheduleoutyet


Read Meg's story on the 2021 Challenge Cup at The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/2438627/


The Fan Project: https://thefanproject.co/For more on Full Time with Meg Linehan: https://fulltimepod.com

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Mar 11 2021

1hr 1min

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