In today’s episode, I interview Australian national soccer team member, Caitlin Foord. Caitlin grew up a 2 minute walk from the beach in Lake Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia. Before Caitlin took up soccer, she participated in athletics, touch football, and surf life saving. At age 9, Caitlin played in her first soccer game at age and scored 6 goals. She hasn’t stopped netting goals since. Caitlin scored a goal in her first appearance with the Matildas. At 16,, she was the youngest Australian player to play in a World Cup and was voted the Best Young Player of the tournament. Caitlin has played in the the Australian W-league with Sydney FC and Perth Glory, in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) with Sky Blue FC, and is is currently playing in the Japan Women’s Football League with the Vengalta Sendai Ladies.
In our conversation, we talk about
-the biggest differences between playing in Japan, USA, and Australia
-the times she had to sell chocolate bars at school to afford to go to soccer tournaments
-the sacrifices her mom, a single parent, made to help Caitlin pursue soccer
-why Caitlin hates warming-up
-her experience with being burned-out from soccer, and the strategy she used to fall back in love with her sport
-why she thinks the Matildas’ world ranking has continued to rise
-her love affair with music festivals, her dog Peach, and Chipotle
Enjoy, my conversation with Caitlin Foord!
:48 Who is Caitlin Foord Sky Blue FC
2:50 Caitlin’s adjusting to the Japanese culture
6:40 Caitlin’s Japanese team – Vegalta Sendal
7:24 How does Japanese soccer style compare to US/Australian?
11:40 Cailtin’s early soccer travel and struggles of homesickness
16:00 Cailtlin’s childhood home, Illawarra
17:40 Cailtin’s young star in soccer v. touch football
21:55 Her mom’s single parent support and selling chocolate bars to pay for tournaments
27:23 Australian Nat’l team call up at 16 years old.
32:10 Cailtin’s favorite game
35:38 Her ability to separate soccer from other aspects of her life
40:29 Has she ever been burnt out from soccer?
43:20 Are their training things that Cailtin doesn’t like?
45:29 Caitlin’s morning routine
47:01 Caitlin’s free time activities
48:15 Caitlin’s biggest misconception about herself
50:28 Is Caitlin a go with the flow athlete or an overthinker?
51:50 Her biggest accomplishment
52:45 What does she want to accomplish before she retires? And how does she want to be remembered?
53:45 Caitlin’s pregame body and mental prep
54:30 How does she deal with a bad game?
56:13 Best opponent and best teammate
59:38 Best game day chants
1:00:39 Biggest life lesson from playing soccer
1:01:55 How does Caitlin eat a taco?
1:02:58 One simple tip for female athletes
1:04:22 Caitlin Foord
On Twitter: @CaitlinFoord
On Instagram: @CaitlinFoord
Caitlin’s obsession with her dog Peach (Instagram: @BrindlePeach
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