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Nominate best soccer coverage across video, audio & written word

Nominations are now open for the 2022 World Soccer Talk® Awards. Recognizing the best soccer coverage across video, audio and the written word, the awards are voted on by soccer fans worldwide. Categories include everything from the best streaming service and soccer podcast to the best commentator, writer and more.

Nominations are open today through Thursday, June 30th at midnight ET.

World Soccer Talk Awards: Nomination process

Here’s how it works:

World Soccer Talk has created several categories that span the world of English-language soccer/football culture. Our panel has recommended who to include in the categories. However, we need your help. We’re opening up the nominations to your suggestions and recommendations. Please review the candidates, and if there are any missing, let us know in the comments section before the nominations close on Thursday, June 30th at midnight ET.

Once the deadline has passed, no additional candidates will be added.

Then, on Friday July 1st, the 2022 World Soccer Talk Awards officially opens. Throughout the month of July, soccer fans from around the world get to vote on their favorites in the different categories. After the Awards wrap up on July 31st, we announce the winners on August 1st.

Drumroll, please. Here are the candidates for the 2022 World Soccer Talk Awards:

TV, Streaming and Video Section

Best TV coverage

beIN SPORTS
CBS Sports
ESPN
FOX Sports
GolTV
NBC Sports

Best Streaming Service

ATA Football
DirecTV Stream
ESPN+
Fanatiz
FuboTV
Paramount+
Peacock
Sling TV
Twitch
ViX
YouTube TV

Best Presenter

Dan Thomas
Kate Abdo
Kay Murray
Poppy Miller
Rebecca Lowe
Rob Stone
Sebastian Salazar
Steve Bower

Best Commentator

Andres Cordero
Arlo White
Chris Wyttingham
Clive Tyldesley
Derek Rae
Ian Darke
Jenn Hildreth
Jim Proudfoot
John Strong
Jon Champion
JP Dellacamera
Mark Donaldson
Martin Tyler
Peter Drury
Phil Schoen
Ramses Sandoval
Rob Palmer

Best Co-Commentator

Aly Wagner
Andy Townsend
Graeme Le Saux
Jim Beglin
Lee Dixon
Matteo Bonetti
Maurice Edu
Stewart Robson
Stu Holden
Taylor Twellman
Tony Gale

Best Studio Analyst

Alexi Lalas
Charlie Davies
Clint Dempsey
Craig Burley
Danny Higginbotham
Guillem Balague
Ian Joy
Jamie Carragher
Julien Laurens
Kaylyn Kyle
Marco Messina
Maurice Edu
Micah Richards
Mike Grella
Nico Cantor
Oguchi Onyewu
Robbie Earle
Robbie Mustoe
Shaka Hislop
Steve Nicol
Thierry Henry
Tim Howard

Best YouTube Channel

CBS Sports Golazo
COPA90
ESPN FC
Football Daily
Footy Adventures
HeilRJ
HITC Sevens
Mark Goldbridge – That’s Football
Tifo Football

Best Fan YouTube Channel

11 Yanks
American Hammers TV
Arsenal Fan TV
Blue Lions TV
Chelsea Fan TV
Futbol Miami TV
Redmen TV
Stretford Paddock
Tactical Manager TV
Talking Wolves
WeAreTottenhamTV
Yank Report

The Written Word

Best Website

Equalizer Soccer
ESPN FC
Football Italia
Goal
Soccer America
The Athletic

Best Writer

Charles Boehm
David Ornstein
Felipe Cardenas
Gab Marcotti
Grant Wahl
James Horncastle
Jeff Carlisle
John Nicholson
Jonathan Liew
Jonathan Tannenwald
Jonathan Wilson
Meg Linehan
Nicky Bandini
Pablo Maurer
Rory Smith
Ryan O’Hanlon
Sam Stejskal
Sid Lowe
Steven Goff
Tariq Panja

The Spoken Word

Best Podcast

Allocation Disorder
Attacking Third
ExtraTime
Football Daily Monday Night Club
Football Ramble
Football Weekly
Full Time with Meg Linehan
Futbol With Grant Wahl
Gegenpressing: the Bundesliga Podcast
Men In Blazers
Project Fußball
Que Golazo
Spanish Football Podcast
State of the Union
Talking Fussball
That Peter Crouch
The 2 Robbies
The Athletic Football
The Gab & Juls Show
The Game
The Price of Football
The Scuffed Podcast
The Soccer OG
Total Soccer Show
Totally Football Show

Best Podcast Host

James Richardson
Max Rushden
Michael Davies
Roger Bennett
Taylor Rockwell

Best Podcast Analyst

Barney Ronay
Barry Glendenning
Charlie Stillitano
Jonathan Wilson
Philippe Auclair
Rafa Honigstein
Ray Hudson
Tommy Smyth

Best Club Podcast

ArseBlog
Bavarian Football Works
Handbrake Off
The Anfield Wrap
The Blue Room
The Spurs Show
The Tuesday Club
The View from the Lane

Thank you in advance for your suggestions and feedback!

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41 Comments

41 Comments

  1. Shawn Williams

    July 22, 2022 at 10:08 am

    The View from the Lane by the Athletic is the best podcast out there

  2. locofooty

    July 11, 2022 at 10:21 am

    lmfao @ the votes for commentator and co-commentator. Twellman, yes the one that yells at you through the TV is leading co-commentator. This is what happens when you do an online poll and when the MLS fanboys troll together cause they don’t like the opinions of this website.

  3. Matt Dougherty

    July 10, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    Best Club Podcast
    Bavarian Football Works

  4. Jay

    June 28, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Antonio Aquilino was such a great discovery from last season, so much energy in his calls

  5. Eric

    June 28, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    Marco Messina is missing from the studio analysts. He founded Italian Football TV, and CBS has put so much stock into him that they sent him to Italy for Marzo con Marco in March. He arguably is a better analyst than Grella.

    Also, Football-Italia.net, the world’s leading English language Italian football website, is missing from best website under written word. Countless news and opinion articles on the site.

    • Christopher Harris

      June 28, 2022 at 4:14 pm

      Added. Thank you!

  6. Eric

    June 28, 2022 at 8:31 am

    Your club podcast should either include non-EPL clubs or have a separate category for them. Some I would recommend are Bavarian Football Works (Bayern), Morrisonic (Portland Timbers), and a friend of mine swears by Lazio World

    • Christopher Harris

      June 28, 2022 at 8:47 am

      The ‘Best Club Podcast’ category isn’t only for Premier League clubs. I’ll definitely add the Bavarian Football Works. I’m not familiar with the other ones.

      • Ra

        June 28, 2022 at 9:08 am

        Oh – in that case, you could also add the following podcasts:
        * Gegenpressing: the Bundesliga Podcast
        * Talking Fussball
        * Project Fußball | Deutsche Welle

  7. Giovanni

    June 27, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Commentator Antonio Aquilino

  8. Emmanuele

    June 27, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Antonio Aquilino and Phil Schoen from beIN sports

    • Val

      June 27, 2022 at 3:44 pm

      Both not great at play by play

      • Val

        June 27, 2022 at 4:34 pm

        Both *are great

  9. Cory

    June 27, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    Play by play: Mark Donaldson
    Writer: Gab Marcotti and Ryan O’Hanlon
    Analyst: Julian Laurens

    • Christopher Harris

      June 27, 2022 at 2:31 pm

      Done. Thanks!

  10. Paul

    June 27, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    Tim Howard for worst studio analyst. Droning monotone and useless analysis.

  11. Sean G

    June 27, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    Some noms I’d like to put in are: Clive Tyldesley for best commentator. Guillem Balague for studio analyst. Talking Wolves for fan YouTube channel.

    • Christopher Harris

      June 27, 2022 at 1:20 pm

      Done. Thanks Sean. Great recommendations.

  12. SteveK

    June 27, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Christopher, under Club Podcasts I suggest you add ‘The View from the Lane’ with Danny Kelly and the 3 Spurs writers from The Athletic and ‘Handbrake Off’ with Ian Stone and the 3 Arsenal writers from The Athletic. I think these two are as excellent as Arseblog and the Tuesday Club.

    Under general Podcasts I’d suggest specifying the BBC ‘Football Daily Monday Night Club’ w/ Mark Chapman, Rory Smith, Chris Sutton and Micah Rcihards. I find most of the BBC football podcasts unlistenable but this one is great. ‘The Price of Football’ with Kieran Maguire and Kevin Day flies under the radar but is excellent.

    Best website for the written word you’d have to include The Guardian newspaper in the UK, its soccer website is excellent and has Barney Ronay, Jonathan Wilson, Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Liew, Sid Lowe on Spain and Nicky Bandini on Italy. Hard to top that. The Telegraph is a close second behind the Guardian.

    When you release your final list for votes perhaps include a link like www dot theguardian.com/football so voters can check out what they might not be familiar with.

    • Christopher Harris

      June 27, 2022 at 1:06 pm

      Hi Steve, thanks for the recommendations. All have been added except for The Guardian and Telegraph since they’re not soccer-specific. If we included them, we’d have to include New York Times and other similar publications.

      • SteveK

        June 27, 2022 at 2:09 pm

        The Athletic isn’t soccer specific, Christopher. The Athletic covers soccer in depth but so does the Guardian, The Athletic covers all sports and so does the Guardian, with both you have to customize who you follow to just see soccer. The Guardian just like the Athletic allows user discussion and comments and those are sometimes more in testing than the articles themselves.

        If The NY Times has multiple writers covering soccer with 4 or 5 new soccer articles and columns a day like the Guardian and the Athletic then you probably should add them, but besides Rory’s weekly column how much else is there?

        • Christopher Harris

          June 27, 2022 at 2:31 pm

          The Athletic is a sports website. The Guardian isn’t.

          We have the NY Times writers included (as well as The Guardian’s football writers).

    • Roberto

      June 27, 2022 at 3:24 pm

      It is also called “The Fiver”

  13. Bob fob

    June 27, 2022 at 7:38 am

    Do you have Chris Wyttingham for commentator? Also The Scuffed Podcast for podcast.

    • Christopher Harris

      June 27, 2022 at 8:45 am

      Now added. Thanks for the nominations.

  14. GG

    June 26, 2022 at 10:41 am

    MIKE GRELLA for studio analyst!

    • Christopher Harris

      June 26, 2022 at 11:15 am

      Added. Thanks!

  15. J

    June 26, 2022 at 9:38 am

    You are missing Mike Grella in best studio analyst!! Get him on there!

    • Christopher Harris

      June 26, 2022 at 11:16 am

      Done!

  16. jason

    June 26, 2022 at 7:41 am

    Seriously a missing category is best USMNT youtube channel. Those candidates should be 11 Yanks, Tactical Manager TV, Yank Report, Straight Red Card, and FifAmerica/This is Soccer.

    • jason

      June 26, 2022 at 7:42 am

      I forgot another one for USMNT YT channel. The Soccer OG by Max Bretos

      • Christopher Harris

        June 26, 2022 at 12:17 pm

        We’ve added it to the podcast section. Thanks.

    • Christopher Harris

      June 26, 2022 at 12:20 pm

      Several of these are now added. Cheers.

      • jason

        June 26, 2022 at 2:03 pm

        Thank you Chris! Watch for these guys to do very well in the vote.

  17. FireRev

    June 25, 2022 at 11:53 am

    My favorite podcast analysts are not on the list: Barney Ronay, Jonathan Wilson, Philippe Auclair, and Rafa Honigstein.

    • Christopher Harris

      June 26, 2022 at 12:17 pm

      Now added. Cheers!

  18. JP

    June 25, 2022 at 11:35 am

    Andres Cordero should be a nominee for best commentator.

    Ray Hudson for co commentator too if still active nationally, haven’t watched beIN in over a year so don’t know!

    Mike Grella should be a studio analyst nominee

    Noticed you didn’t include yourself, Kartik, or World Soccer Talk in any of the podcast nominations…modesty or not eligible 😉

    • Christopher Harris

      June 26, 2022 at 12:20 pm

      JP, I’ve added Andres Cordero and Mike Grella. Unfortunately Ray isn’t doing any national broadcasts at this time, but he’s included in the podcast analyst section for his work on Sirius XM FC.

      • JP

        June 26, 2022 at 7:28 pm

        Thanks! Nice to see Mike Grella getting multiple mentions here.

        • JM

          June 27, 2022 at 4:17 am

          Best football writer I have ever read is James Horncastle, currently writing for The Athletic. Consistently produces amazing work. He’s got to be on the list!

          • Christopher Harris

            June 27, 2022 at 8:47 am

            Got it. Thanks JM.

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