“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,



  1. Asa 7 years ago

    @Catherine another great blog, thank you very much

  2. terencefullick 7 years ago

    Thanks Catherine a real joy to read, the very best of good luck to you and your team mates,  clearly mon ami Monsieur Gromit knows as much about chocolate as he does soccer, keep up the good work and enjoy your time in France.

  3. gromit 7 years ago

    Bienvenue en France, Catherine ! We are very happy to have such a great player and nice girl as you in our country ! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful region, Auvergne, and that you get well with your new teammates. Your blog’s first entry is extremely pleasant and I too am looking forward for more. A foreign and active point of view on our Championship is extremely interesting, as well as to find about what is an expatriated women’s football player’s life !

    French baguette is good for health, but you have to chose the crustier one. It won’t put you on weight ! Unless of course you cover your tartines with sauce, butter or chocolate paste ! ;o)) [I am an absolute chocolate lover too and, since I take for granted that you like dark chocolate – as a real lover – let me advise you : go to any Yzeure’s supermarket and buy an extra dark (70%, 80%, 90% or even the delicious 99% !) Lindt chocolate bar (the best brand). Bigger the percentage, stronger the taste and better for energy and for diet. You’ll tell me ! :o)

    I hope you noticed I used many exclamation dots, just to please you, French gallantry for you ! :o)

  4. Patrick Madine 7 years ago

    Hi Catherine,

    it’s brilliant and I am looking forward to read – and enjoy – your adventures in Auvergne…

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