She who laughs, last laughs best.
I’m Line, 26, and I’ve been a goalkeeper by choice since I put on my first pair of gloves roughly 15 years ago. So where has it taken me so far? Read my first blog post for WSU and find out…
Let’s begin with a story: Back in 8th grade, I was asked to state my dream job in one of those surveys they give you to find out which path to follow after high school. Well knowing which reaction I would most probably get, I had no reason to hide my dream or be ashamed of it; Professional Football Player. But I was right. The student advisor was laughing at me when he read it; ”professional footballer? But that’s impossible – you’re a girl!”. He annoyed me. I mean, I knew that I had the odds against me and that it would probably never happen. But who was he to determine whether a dream job should be realistic or not?
Dreams do come True
My ambitions and dreams never changed, and here I am 11 years later living as a professional football player in Norway and involved with the Danish women’s national team. I guess I’m the one laughing now and not the student advisor! But don’t be mistaken – it has taken me a lot of sweat, blood and tears to get to where I am today, and determination and drive has enabled my dream to come true.
So who am I really and why do I think I know enough about football and goalkeeping to be blogging about it?
Well, put briefly I’m a 26-year-old girl from Denmark who has been playing football for about 16 years. I’ve been a goalkeeper by choice since I put on my first pair of gloves roughly 15 years ago. I’ve previously played in Denmark, England and Australia and am currently residing in Norway playing for Amazon Grimstad FK in the pro league Toppserien on my first pro contract. Also, I am newly involved with the Danish women’s national team who is soon beginning its qualifiers towards the Euros in Holland 2017. Apart from playing, I have done some youth gk coaching, travelled the world and hold a Master degree in Culture, Communication & Globalisation from Aalborg University, Denmark.
To Enlighten and Inspire
When I was asked to blog for Women’s Soccer United I was in no doubt that it would be right for me. Women’s football is evolving as ever and there is no straight path or simple way to becoming a professional female footballer. So I see this as an opportunity to enlighten people about how I’ve made it to where I am today, tell about the life of a pro women’s footballer and to give my perspectives on the challenges in women’s football. But more importantly, I hope to inspire girls and women who have ambitions and dreams to keep working hard towards achieving their goals. It’s not impossible and I think people like myself are proof of that.
Line G. Johansen is a professional Goalkeeper with the Norwegian Toppserien club Amazon Grimstad FK and the Danish Women’s National Team. The talented 26-year old previously played in Denmark, England and Australia. Away from the pitch, Line holds a Master degree in Culture, Communication & Globalisation from Aalborg University, Denmark.