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20 Best Female Football Commentators

Commentators in football make the game much more interesting. Of course, most of the football commentators are men. However, there are a few female commentators in the game. So, we’ll let you some of the best female football commentators.

1. Emma Hayes

Hayes is one of the best female commentators. She’s one of the few that has the temerity to actually talk about football tactics during a football match instead of just harping on performance.

Her background as a Football manager may have contributed positively to her sound tactical knowledge.

Hayes is also one of the best female soccer coaches and she manages Chelsea Women and she was crowned the best FIFA women’s coach of 2021.

Apart from being a football manager, Hayes works as a pundit and commentator for ITV. Hayes became well known for her commentating skills at the EURO 2020.

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2. Jacqui Oatley

Jacqui Oatley is one of the most experienced female football commentators in the UK. She has been commentating since 2007.

Oatley, who works as a Sky Sports Commentator, is the first female soccer commentator in the UK. She’s one of the few females who are into football commentating.

3. Alex Scott

Alex Scott is an ex-footballer who played for Arsenal Women as a Right back.

Although she works as a pundit, Scott is sometimes a commentator.

Many football fans are thrilled with Scott’s in-depth analysis during commentary. No wonder EA Sports chose her to be one of the commentators for the FIFA 22 game.

Scott will become the first woman to feature as a commentator on the soccer video game.

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4. Eni Aluko

Eniola Aluko also known as Eni Aluko is one of the best female football commentators. Although she can be controversial as a pundit, fans no doubt love her commentaries.

Aluko is an ex-footballer raised by Nigerian parents in the UK. She currently works as Sporting Director at Angel City FC in the US.

5. Alicia Ferguson

Alicia Ferguson is an Australian ex-footballer who now works as a commentator, pundit, and TV presenter.

Ferguson worked as a studio commentator for ESPN. In addition, she commentated at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

After the tournament, she earned a lot of positive reviews that helped and propelled her to further success.

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Best Female Football Commentators (continued)

6. Karen Carney

After her retirement, Karen Julia Carney  became a football  journalist and commentator for Sky Sports and Amazon Prime

During her playing days, she played as a winger and midfielder. 

Carney has a vast knowledge of the Women’s Super League and men’s Premier League.

7. Brandi Chastain

Chastain played for the United States national team from 1988 to 2004. In her 192 caps on the team, she scored 30 goals playing primarily as a defender and sometimes a midfielder.

Furthermore, Chastain is a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Now, though, Chastain is a coach, football broadcaster, and commentator.

8. Ilaria D’Amico

D’Amico is one of the best football commentators and television hosts on Italian television after leaving Sky Sports Italia in 2018. 

She is most known for other football-related shows.

9. Julie Foudy

Foudy is an American retired soccer midfielder who earned 274 caps.

In addition, Foudy is a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Now, though, Foudy works as Football Commentator.

10. Mónica González

González Canales is an American-born Mexican football commentator and former player. She played college Football for the University of Notre Dame. 

In addition, Gonzalez played for the Mexico women’s national football team from 1998–2011 and for the Boston Breakers in the Women’s United Soccer Association from 2002–2003.

11. Heather O’Reilly

Heather Ann O’Reilly is one of the best female football commentators.

O’Reilly played for the United States women’s national soccer team (USWNT), with whom she won three Olympic gold medals and a FIFA Women’s World Cup.

12. Leslie Osborne

Leslie Marie Osborne is one of the few women football commentators.

Furthermore, she is a former member of the United States women’s national soccer team and previously played for FC Gold Pride and the Boston Breakers in the WPS.

13. Briana Scurry

Scurry was the starting goalkeeper for the United States women’s national soccer team at the 1995 World Cup and 1996 Summer Olympics.

Now, she is a commentator and a former assistant coach of the Washington Spirit as of 2018. 

14. Danielle Slaton

Danielle Victoria Slaton is currently a soccer analyst and commentator for the San Jose Earthquakes, Fox Sports, and the Pac-12 Network.

In addition, she is an American retired professional soccer player and a five-year member of the United States women’s national soccer team from 2000-2005.

15. Kelly Smith

Kelly Jayne Smith is an English former football forward who spent three spells with Arsenal Ladies and broke records with Seton Hall University then played professionally with the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) franchise Philadelphia Charge.

In addition to all these, Smith works as a football commentator.

16. Hope Solo

Hope Solo has every reason to be proud of her football career because she was a goalkeeper for the United States women’s national soccer team from 2000 to 2016. 

In addition, she is a World Cup champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

After her retirement, though, she’d taken up many roles in football and one of them is commentating.

17. Julie Stewart-Binks

Julie Stewart-Binks is a Canadian journalist and Commentator who has worked for Barstool Sports, ESPN, and Fox Sports.

18. Olga Viza

Olga Viza is a Spanish journalist and Commentator.

Viza has in-depth knowledge of Spanish Women’s Football.

19. Aly Wagner

Alyson Kay Wagner is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup bronze medalist with the US Women’s National team.

After her retirement, she became a football broadcaster and commentator.

Final Thought on Female Football Commentators

Men’s football is much more prominet that women’s football. So, it is easier for male ex-footballers to retire and get famous as a fotball commentator. It’s not so straightforward for women in football.

Despite the domination of men in the football commentating business, these women listed here are arguably the most popular among their gender.

Hopefully, we’ll see more female football commentators in the future.

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