Oct 9 2023
The Pro Soccer Path with Alyssa Walker | Europe, NWSL, and Beyond; Episode 109
#football #inthe11pod #inthe11Stay tuned for another exciting episode of the In The Eleven Podcast! From her early days as a college soccer star in high-level Division 1 programs like Richmond and Iowa to her experiences as a professional player in Europe and the NWSL, our guest Alyssa Walker is here to share the behind-the-scenes action. Strap in as she takes you and our host Brendan Griffiths through the highs, lows, and everything in between on this incredible soccer journey. Learn the difference between college and professional soccer, where you have more control over your career path. Get ready to dive into the unique and exhilarating path of becoming a professional soccer player. Let's not be distracted; the goal is our focus!Timestamps:0:00:00 Intro0:02:14 Soccer career, recruitment process, and moving to Denmark.0:09:14 College athletics as a full-time job.0:12:54 College soccer experiences and fitness testing. 0:19:25 The importance of fitness tests in soccer pre-season. 0:22:54 College soccer career, injury, and perseverance. 0:30:10 Overcoming fear and finding support in the football journey.0:40:08 The importance of highlight tapes for female soccer players. 0:48:28 Playing soccer in Europe, financial challenges, and team dynamics.0:54:42 Moving to a new country and joining a new soccer team.0:57:31 Football career, leagues, and team dynamics.1:04:05 Soccer leagues, player experience, and team dynamics.1:07:05 Loan spell in Norway and potential future in NWSL. 1:13:44 Career goals and personal growth with a professional soccer player.Key Highlights:- Transitions from college soccer to the professional world can be challenging but also rewarding.- Knowing someone in the industry can open doors and lead to contract opportunities.- Having a strong support network that includes mentors, trainers, coaches, and teammates is crucial for athletes.- Professional soccer requires high levels of physical fitness, and athletes need to be mentally prepared to handle the demands of the game, including injuries and setbacks.- As professional players, individuals have the opportunity to negotiate contract terms and conditions, which is a contrast to the more structured college system.- The paths to success in professional soccer are not always linear, and athletes often face uncertainties and unpredictability in their careers.- Managing time effectively and maintaining a strong work ethic is crucial for college athletes.Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/inthe11podSubscribe to the show: https://in-the-11.captivate.fm/Watch the show on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTIKaXh28XlDY-NaJEuCPJw?sub_confirmation=1Follow The show on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/inthe11pod/Follow the show on Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@inthe11pod?lang=enFollow Alyssa: https://www.instagram.com/alyssarbwalker/?img_index=1🔔 Subscribe and Turn on Notifications: Never miss an episode by subscribing to our channel and turning on notifications.