Soccer World Off The Pitch – Kim Carroll

In this week’s Off The Pitch presented by Soccer World, we catch up with a player originally born in the far north but since those childhood days, has travelled to all parts of the world as part of her footballing journey. A Matilda with an impressive 54 national team caps to her name, learn more about Kim Carroll.

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QSN: How were you introduced to the game and who was your first junior club?

KC: My brother played so when I was old enough, I joined the Tully Junior Soccer Club in my home town in Far North Queensland.

QSN: Tell us about your football playing history.

KC: I started off in 1998 at the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) and I was lucky they had a base in my native Far North Queensland. I then moved to Brisbane in 2003 and was still with the QAS.

During that time, I gained my first Matilda’s cap in 2005 and I was fortunate in my time with the national team to play in the 2008, 2010 and 2014 Asian Cups as well as the 2011 World Cup.

The Brisbane Roar then took over the women’s W-League program in 2008 but during that period I had several bad knee injuries that required reconstructions.

In 2011/12, I left the Roar for a short time to play for Fortuna Hjørring in Denmark who participated in the UEFA Women’s Champion League. After that season, I returned back to the Roar and then for the 2015/16 W-League season, I made the move to Perth Glory.

QSN: What opportunities has football given you?

KC: It’s been great because I’ve had the opportunity to meet some incredible people and as you can see from my playing history, it’s given me the chance to be able to travel the world.

QSN: What are your greatest individual and team moments in football?

KC: It doesn’t get much better than playing in the Women’s World Cup which I did in Germany in 2011. Also winning the 2010 Asian Cup as part of the Matilda’s squad and scoring in that tournament against South Korea have been my major achievements.

QSN: You were a stalwart with the Brisbane Roar’s W-League team. Why did you make the move to the Perth Glory for the 2015/16 W-League season?

KC: I’d played for Brisbane Roar since the beginning of the W-League. Moving to Perth Glory was a very difficult decision because I am a Queenslander but I needed a fresh start and new challenges.

QSN: What are your goals for 2016?

KC: Just at the moment, now that the season has been completed, I am just taking some time to rest and reflect on the season. I think the boots will definitely be back on for another W-League season.

QSN: What are your longer terms aspirations? Does coaching feature in your future plans?

KC: I’d like to stay involved in the game and give back after my playing career has finished. I think I would like to get involved in coaching at some level.

QSN: Who is the best player you have played with or against in your career?

KC: It’s my former Matilda teammate Collette McCallum. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to play with her at the Glory as she had retired by the time I got there.

QSN: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

KC: I generally like to get ready early and relax. This may seem like a funny one but I always put my left sock on first, then right and left boot then right boot.

QSN: Time for 5 rapid fire questions! Your favourite drink, music, food, football idol and which football club do you support?

KC: Water, I don’t have a specific musical taste, Chocolate, Lionel Messi and Barcelona.

QSN: Who was you most influential coach or main football influence and why?

KC: Mike Mulvey. He coached me at a crucial stage in my development and taught and helped me a lot with my game and skills.

QSN: If you weren’t a footballer, what other sport would you play?

KC: Touch football or tennis. I played both growing up and loved them.

Thanks very much for calling us Kim and we wish you well both on and off the pitch after your move to Perth.

Name: Kim Carroll

Nationality : Australian

Age : 28

Nickname : Kimo

Height : 176cm

Preferred Position : Centre Back

Career Highlights: Playing in the Women’s World Cup Germany 2011. Asian Cup Champions 2010 and Runners-Up 2014.

International Caps: 54