There used to be a time when football punditry was dominated by men, but the landscape has changed dramatically in recent years.
In fact, there are now countless prominent female pundits providing expert analysis on the beautiful game, with former players and coaches featuring regularly on football TV channels.
Here are the top five female football pundits right now.
5. Rachel Brown-Finnis
Rachel Brown-Finnis is widely regarded as one of the best female football pundits on television, with the ex-Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal goalkeeper routinely featuring on the BBC’s Football Focus and BT Sport Score.
Having earned more than 80 England caps during her playing days, Brown-Finnis offers expert insight into goalkeeping and football in general, making her an excellent addition to any punditry panel.
4. Eni Aluko
Eni Aluko enjoyed a hugely successful playing career, representing the likes of Chelsea, Juventus and NJ/NY Gotham FC in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). On top of that, she scored 33 goals in 102 appearances for England.
Nowadays, the 36-year-old is a star pundit for both Amazon Prime Video and ITV. As a former striker, Aluko is adept at describing attacking patterns and always provides first-rate analysis.
3. Emma Hayes
Funnily enough, one of the top female football pundits is also one of the best coaches in the women’s game. Emma Hayes has managed Chelsea since 2012 and has guided the club to five Women’s Super League (WSL) titles and four FA Cup triumphs.
Hayes’ knowledge of the game was clear for all to see when she worked for ITV during Euro 2020. Consequently, the Blues boss scooped the 2021 Broadcast Award for Pundit of the Year.
2. Karen Carney
Since retiring from professional football in 2019, Karen Carney has established herself as one of the best football pundits out there. In addition to broadcasting for Sky Sports and Amazon Prime, the 35-year-old is a columnist for BBC Sport and The Guardian.
Carney chalked up 144 appearances for England during her playing days, while representing Arsenal, Birmingham City, Chelsea and the Chicago Red Stars, and her experience is reflected in her punditry.
1. Alex Scott
It is no exaggeration to say that Alex Scott is a bona fide trailblazer when it comes to female football punditry. Indeed, the former England, Arsenal, Birmingham and Boston Breakers right-back is one of the most familiar faces in the industry.
In 2018, Scott became the first-ever female pundit to cover a FIFA World Cup for the BBC, before becoming the first female pundit on Sky Sports. Since then, the pioneer has continued to cement her status among the industry’s elite.
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