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All the soccer history and explainers you can handle

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We don't know about you, but we're pretty excited for the USMNT's game against England that's coming up next week. On this special episode of Soccer 101, courtesy of The Backheeled Show, we dig into that matchup and answer questions like "what's gone wrong for England recently?" and "is this World Cup four years too soon for the US?" You can follow The Backheeled Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
What if we told you there were some tricks that your team could use to boost their odds of making a deep run in the World Cup? Sounds pretty good, right? Today, we’re talking about some of those tricks. On this special episode of Soccer 101, courtesy of The Backheeled Show, we dig into what makes good World Cup teams...good. You can follow The Backheeled Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
On this week's episode, Ryan and Taylor answer a listener question that felt Soccer 101 appropriate: why do little kids walk onto the pitch with players before games? Who are these children, how did they get such a good gig, and what are some of our favorite moments involving mascots in soccer history? The Soccer 101 theme, and plenty of other excellent music, can be found right here. And a reminder that WE'RE DOING A LIVE SHOW! The TSS foursome will be in New York for a live show on Sunday, November 20th. We’ll be talking World Cup, USMNT, and so much more.  Check out this link for tickets and the rest of the details!
On today’s episode, we're tackling a topic that won’t cause any furor online, never has copious columns written about it in newspapers, and always makes Piers Morgan keep a level head: politics in football!  Does politics belong in soccer? What are the rules about political messages in football? Is soccer becoming more political? What are some of the most notable examples of the intermingling of soccer and politics in the sport’s history? The Soccer 101 theme, and plenty of other excellent music, can be found right here. And a reminder that WE'RE DOING A LIVE SHOW! The TSS foursome will be in New York for a live show on Sunday, November 20th. We’ll be talking World Cup, USMNT, and so much more.  Check out this link for tickets and the rest of the details!
The 2022-23 Women's Champions League season is underway, so Ryan, Graham and Taylor are here to explain the history of the competition, its dominant teams and players, and its outlook for the future! The Soccer 101 theme, and plenty of other excellent music, can be found right here. And a reminder that WE'RE DOING A LIVE SHOW! The TSS foursome will be in New York for a live show on Sunday, November 20th. We’ll be talking World Cup, USMNT, and so much more.  Check out this link for tickets and the rest of the details!
Ryan, Graham and Taylor convene to discuss the meaning of the term 'Golden Generation' in the beautiful game, while offering some examples of the teams that lived up to the moniker—and those that didn't. The Soccer 101 theme, and plenty of other excellent music, can be found right here. And a reminder that WE'RE DOING A LIVE SHOW! The TSS foursome will be in New York for a live show on Sunday, November 20th. We’ll be talking World Cup, USMNT, and so much more.  Check out this link for tickets and the rest of the details!
On today's episode, Ryan, Graham and Taylor dig into the world of scouting. Why do teams need scouts, how does one become a scout, and which teams have the best recruitment networks? The Soccer 101 theme, and plenty of other excellent music, can be found right here: https://aerialist.bandcamp.com. And a reminder that WE'RE DOING A LIVE SHOW! The TSS foursome will be in New York for a live show on Sunday, November 20th. We’ll be talking World Cup, USMNT, and so much more.  Check out this link for tickets and the rest of the details!
On this week's episode, we're taking a closer look at something that every player does when they join a new team, but something we don’t necessarily know a ton about: the medical. Why are they necessary, what actually goes into the process, what happens when a player fails, and much more! The Soccer 101 theme, and plenty of other excellent music, can be found right here: https://aerialist.bandcamp.com. And a reminder that WE'RE DOING A LIVE SHOW! The TSS foursome will be in New York for a live show on Sunday, November 20th. We’ll be talking World Cup, USMNT, and so much more.  Check out this link for tickets and the rest of the details!
WE’RE DOING A LIVE SHOW! The TSS foursome will be in New York for a live show on Sunday, November 20th. We’ll be talking World Cup, USMNT, and so much more.  Check out this link for tickets and the rest of the details! — On this episode of Soccer 101, Taylor, Graham, and Joe dive into the world of World Cup hosting. How does a country end up hosting the World Cup? What goes into the bidding process? And what are some of the best and worst World Cup hosts ever? All that - and more - on the show.
On this week's episode, we're looking at a position on the field that's made a comeback on the pitch, quite literally in most cases: The Number Nine. The center forward has long been a staple of the beautiful game, but how did it evolve, why did it's popularity wane, and why has it reemerged? We have answers to those and many other questions! The Soccer 101 theme, and plenty of other excellent music, can be found right here: https://aerialist.bandcamp.com.
On this episode of Soccer 101, Ryan, Graham, and Joe talk all about World Cup jerseys. Why are they important? What can they look like? How have the changed? And what are some of the best and worst ones of all time? All that - and much more - on the show.
The Premier League is regarded as the gold standard for global domestic soccer. It has the most fans, the most money, and the biggest brand of all the top leagues. On this week's episode, Ryan is joined by Graham and Taylor to discuss the league's origins, the specific factors that led to its rapid growth, and what the future holds for the Premier League as soccer's top dog. The Soccer 101 theme, and plenty of other excellent music, can be found right here: https://aerialist.bandcamp.com.
With the 2022 World Cup looming, Taylor is joined by Graham and Joe to discuss the Qatar national team itself... a team, we should note, that has never been to a World Cup before. What is Qatar’s soccer history? How have they prepared for their moment on the global stage? What should we expect from them in terms of style and results? The Soccer 101 theme, and plenty of other excellent music, can be found right here: https://aerialist.bandcamp.com.
Ryan is joined by Graham and Taylor to discuss all-things relegation: what is it and which teams have successfully avoided it? We then turn our attention to the most surprising relegation campaigns in soccer history, for whatever reason. England, Scotland, Spain, Germany, Argentina, and a notable Italian club all get mentions! The Soccer 101 theme, and plenty of other excellent music, can be found right here: https://aerialist.bandcamp.com.
From his days as a prospective med student-turned-footballer to winning the Champions League with Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has had a fascinating career. On today's episode, we go deep on his history and influences to get a better idea of the pioneering football genius who is known the world over as one of the game's top managers. What are the defining characteristics of his style, who are his primary influences, what will he do next, and much much more! Ryan Bailey is joined by Graham Ruthven, Joe Lowery, and Taylor Rockwell to explain all things Klopp! The Soccer 101 theme, and plenty of other excellent music, can be found right here: https://aerialist.bandcamp.com.
Ryan is joined by Joe and Taylor to answer the age old question (in your best Jerry Seinfeld impression), "What's the deal with kickoff?!" How does a game get underway, how have the rules regarding kickoff evolved since the mid-1800s, what are the different approaches to getting your tactics right from kickoff, how could we improve upon the current system, and much much more! The Soccer 101 theme, and plenty of other excellent music, can be found right here: https://aerialist.bandcamp.com.
Who makes what decisions? We have answers! Ryan is joined by Graham and Taylor to discuss front offices in football: what they are, how they work, which ones do it well, and which ones could use some help. The Soccer 101 theme, and plenty of other excellent music, can be found right here: https://aerialist.bandcamp.com.
It’s preseason time! On this episode of Soccer 101, Ryan Bailey, Taylor Rockwell, Graham Ruthven, and Joe Lowery dive into the world of preseason. What is it? Why is it important? How has it changed? We talk about all that - and more - on the show. The Soccer 101 theme, and plenty of other excellent music, can be found right here: https://aerialist.bandcamp.com.
On this week's episode, we're taking a deeper look at officiating! Why become a referee, what are the paths to qualification in the US and the UK, are there actual tests to be taken, who does the assigning, and much much more! The Soccer 101 theme, and plenty of other excellent music, can be found right here: https://aerialist.bandcamp.com.
On today's episode, we go through the remaining calendar for 2022 to determine what competitions are happening and when, how the winter World Cup will impact club scheduling, and which leagues might suffer the most from fixture congestion? The Soccer 101 theme, and plenty of other excellent music, can be found right here: https://aerialist.bandcamp.com.
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Jonah

 Please do a World Cup prediction 

May 18th
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Jonah

Love this podcast learn so much

May 12th
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Jonah

Love this game

May 12th
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Andrew Hernandez

D&T are GOATs of soccer podcasts from an American (and English-ish) perspective. things can be two to things, except this, which is only one thing: the best.

Jul 26th
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Nicholas Corby

Great episode, missed out on one of the best names derbies, The Derby of Eternal Rivals or the Mother of all Battles, Olympiakos vs Panathinaikos

Jul 26th
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Nicholas Corby

I binged the first season and cant wait until they do more. Great first season!

Jul 26th
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Chris Leibundguth

Great podcast!! So excited you guys are putting these out. These episodes are great for both those getting into the game as well as for long time fans. Hard to pull that off but you guys do so flawlessly. Keep up the good work!

Jul 25th
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