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Youth Soccer in Sweden Part 3

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”  Abraham Lincoln

I have a dream

By Frida Farstad Eriksson

I have a dream to one day play professionally and also play on the national team. I know it is a lot of hard work to get there and only the best can make it. Some might have more talent than me and can seemingly get there easier, but I believe in the hard work day by day to get me there some day. (more…)


Youth Soccer in Sweden Part 2

My Favorite Place

By Frida Farstad Eriksson

This is the second in a three-part-series

At the time I left my team with the boys and started in AIK, I didn’t think about that this was an elite club. I had no understanding of the everyday meaning of that concept at my level. It was painful to leave my best friends, but I somehow knew I had to pay the price. If I wanted to take a shot at developing my full potential as a soccer player, I had to join a girls’ team. The only club I could imagine to switch to was the club I was a fan of, AIK.  And it was a lucky move at the right time. I have seen and understood this as time has passed. (more…)

Youth soccer in Sweden

My favorite place

By Frida Farstad Eriksson

This is the first in a three-part-series

Imagine a place where all your problems disappear, a place where you can be yourself, a place where you feel totally free, that makes you happy and content.  I have such a place. It is the soccer field.  Nothing is better than to feel the wind wipe my face, running after the ball, hearing my own breath from running and falling to the ground from fatigue.  Smelling the rubber and feeling the blood pulsate through the body.  It makes me enjoy and love life. Even better is to hear the coach call out: “Good Frida! Nice Frida!” It gives new energy to run, to kick, to dribble, to shoot, and try to do it even better, just to get to hear those words again.

I really love playing soccer. It is my passion. I have played since I was six years old. I started out playing on a boys’ team, since where I lived I was the only girl who wanted to play soccer my age. I am only 15 years old. But I believe only in this short time a lot has happened when it comes to girls playing soccer.  There were of course girls’ teams other places here in Stockholm, but not in my hometown. (more…)