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Kelley O’Hara is an excellent soccer player, but she is also a great listener.


Back in July 2020, the two-time World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist launched a podcast back in collaboration with Just Women’s Sports — a publication founded by Haley Rosen in 2019 after seeing a lack of women’s sports coverage in the media industry. The podcast, “The Players’ Pod” (formerly “The Just Women’s Sports Podcast”) sits around the top of the charts and is the biggest podcast in women’s sports media.

“We were connected by one of my old teammates,” O’Hara said of Rosen. “She put us in touch and said ‘Haley wants to chat with you about potentially an idea she has.’”

It didn’t take long for O’Hara to be on board with the idea after speaking and hearing about what Rosen envisioned for the project. The two briefly spoke on the potential of hosting a podcast, something O’Hara had given some thought about doing previously. While she didn’t have the experience, Rosen saw O’Hara’s potential and decided to finally give podcasting a go.


“People are always like, ‘when you’re done playing, you should go into broadcasting. You would be very good at that,’” O’Hara said. “Podcasting was kind of that bridge as something that I can do while still playing.”

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“The Players’ Pod” has had four successful seasons since its launch and has hosted a plethora of incredible female personalities in sports. From teammates of O’Hara’s like Alex Morgan and Becky Saurbrunn, WNBA stars like Tina Charles and Elena Delle Donne, Olympic swimmers and golfers like Erica Sullivan and Nelly Korda, and coaches such as Jill Ellis, there is no shortage of quality content.

“I feel like I leave every conversation just being like ‘dang, that person is so impressive,’ and what they have been through and what they have accomplished is incredible,” O’Hara said.

As her podcast continues to grow, O’Hara’s next goal is to talk to more women on the business side of the industry — whether those are GM’s investors or presidents of teams and companies — and hopes each one will have just as unique of an experience as the athletes she sits down with.

O’Hara has finally found a way to connect what she loves to do both on and off the field, and she hopes her podcast will do the same for other women in sports. Check out her weekly episodes every Wednesday on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, or TuneIn.

Photo credits: Shutterstock, Just Women’s Sports