“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”
Hey y’all! Welcome to my first ever blog post! My name is Catherine Fitzsimmons, and I am currently a professional footballer in the Championnat de France de Football Féminin (France Division 1). I am the goalkeeper or “le gaurdien de but” for Football Féminin Yzeure Allier Auvergne (FF Yzeure).
So now that the ‘formal’ introductions are out of the way, let me tell you a couple things about myself as well as what I am hoping to accomplish with this blog.
- I am an extrovert through and through. I love meeting new people, trying new things, and exploring new places. That is the quick explanation for how I winded up playing soccer abroad!
- Books and chocolate are the lifelines to my soul.
- I am an over abuser of the exclamation point. Ask any person I email/text with or check out my Twitter feed, it’s probably the symbol I use the most. It doesn’t take much to get me excited, so I rely on the trusty piece of punctuation to help get my mood across. Just giving you a heads up, prepare yourselves!
- My first great love and passion in life is soccer. I have been playing for as long as I can remember, and our relationship has outlasted every other sport and hobby (trust me, there were a lot of them) I had growing up. I am a student of the game, still learning more every day and trying to be the best player I can be for my club!
In this forum I’ll be writing about my experiences as an American soccer player in Europe, my current day-to-day life in France, adjusting to the cultural differences, and probably a lot of random topics. That being said, if there are any readers out there with questions or something they want me to elaborate on, feel free to let me know!
Four years ago, if someone had told me I would be playing professional soccer in France, I would have LOL’ed and went on my merry way. I had a very nontraditional collegiate soccer career (blogpost for another day), but those years shaped who I am and helped me get to where I am today. Now I am in my second year playing football overseas, and it has been quite an amazing journey.
This year will be challenging for me; the French D1 is one of the strongest leagues in the world. Week in and week out we face strong teams with skilled players. Every match is important and there are many goals we wish to achieve as a team. Not to mention trying to do everything in a foreign language to make it that much more complicated! But that’s what life is about: challenging yourself, taking chances, and making memories along the way!
I am looking forward to working with Women’s Soccer United and giving a player’s perspective on playing in the French D1. Next week I will introduce y’all more to my team and life here in Yzeure!
While I was at Rice, our soccer team always used the same signoff on our listserve emails. I don’t know where “Peace, love, and fill in the blank” came from or why we started using it, but it just feels right to use it here!
Peace, love, and French baguettes,
Professional goalkeeper for ASPTT Albi in the French Division 1. Previous player at Foot Féminin Yzeure, Forfar Farmington FC (Scotland SWPL) and the Houston Aces (USA WPSL). Inquisitive adventurer uniting my first great love, football, with my passion for exploring. Proud alumna of Rice University (Go Owls!)