The growth in soccer in America has coincided with an explosion of blogs and podcasts covering the game. As an avid podcast producer and podcast listener myself, I have curated a list of my favorite 10 soccer podcasts. A few caveats—
This is a list of general soccer podcasts, not club-specific podcasts.
In order to rank the podcasts, I ranked each podcast according to various categories. The sum of those ranked scores determined the final position of the podcast.
Some of these are call-in shows and TV shows, but most people listen to them as podcasts. Lastly, while positions 4, 5; 7, 8 as well as 9, 10 were tied on points, I used my subjective personal preference to pick the higher ranked one.
10. The Game podcast
Gab Marcotti as host is incredible. He forces his oft-changing panel (Alyson Rudd, James Scowcraft, etc.) to go into areas no one else is discussing; for example, their recent discussion on the failings of Wayne Rooney being a result of confirmation bias versus anything statistically substantial. While the analysis is terrific, it can occasionally be a little dry. Definitely a good podcast for hardcore soccer fans. This podcast goes live on Sundays.
9. Champions League podcast
This is a new pod from BT Sport, but has tremendous potential. The likes of Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Owen Hargreaves and Harry Redknapp are current and future guests on the show. What is fascinating about this podcast is that, given it is a panel made of ex-players and managers; you get player psychology, as opposed to much tactical conversation. Therefore, you are likely to hear a player’s perspective on off-field and on-field events that may be occurring at a club. This makes the Champions League Podcast a unique listen particularly for Manchester United supporters such as myself. This podcast goes lives on Thursdays after Champions League games.
8. The Gary Neville podcast
Gary Neville’s tactical analysis is unparalleled. While this podcast is only about 15 minutes long, and usually covers one or two games, it is a must-listen. This is the closest we have to Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football. This podcast goes live on Sundays.
7. Men in Blazers
If your 16-year-old cousin comes up to you, having just got into soccer, and he asks – “Hey man, what’s a good soccer podcast to listen to?” – MIB is your best bet. Rog and Davo are entertaining and appeal to many newer fans of the game. While Grantland has met its demise, MIB have grown from strength to strength and are incredibly good at interviewing players and managers with an empathy and self-deprecation that is Marc Maron-esque. While this might not be the podcast for hardcore analysis, fans of USMNT and USWNT would enjoy this podcast simply because of the number of players that have been featured. A highlight would be the episode where the duo interviewed Meghan Klingenberg.