#ECNLAYW | Rosemarie Boyd

RICHMOND, VA (June 2, 2015) – The 2014-15 ECNL season is dedicated to celebrating the Amazing Young Women that have helped mold this league into the top female youth soccer platform in the world. As part of the campaign, the ECNL is encouraging amazing young women to share their stories. Rosemarie “Romie” Boyd is a current member of the FC Stars of Massachusetts ECNL U18 team and member of the Belgian Youth National Team.  The ECNL caught up with Romie to learn more about her both on and off the field.

Q: What is your favorite emoji and why?
A: The smiley face with the tongue out and winking because I can use it all the time, and is shows when I R- Headshotam joking around or being sassy. It is definitely my go-to emoji.

Q: What is your juggling record?
A: I am not sure, I always get in the zone and stop counting when the count gets high.  If I had to guess, it is probably somewhere around 1,000.

Q: Who is your soccer idol?
A: Kristine Lilly. She was a fantastic player and great leader on and off the field.  Watching her play live with the Boston Breakers was inspiring!

Q: Do you have any siblings?
A: I have two brothers, who definitely made me tough.  Alexander just finished his freshman year at Vanderbilt University. Nicholas is the youngest and currently a freshman in high school.

Q: If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?
A: I would be an eagle because I would love to fly.

Q: Coffee or tea?
A: Tea, iced or hot.  I like both.

Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Q: When did you start playing soccer?
A: I started playing in kindergarten in the “kinder clinic”, and I have loved it ever since.

Q: Did you play any other sports growing up?
A: I played basketball until eighth grade, and I miss it.  I also dabbled in tennis and beach volleyball, which I still play in my spare time with my friends.

Q:  Who is your favorite actor/actress?
A: I love Emma Watson.  She is a role model for girls everywhere by standing up and taking action for women’s rights.  I am also a huge Harry Potter fan, so in my eyes she can do no wrong.

Q: What is your biggest fear?
A: SPIDERS!  Ugh, I have arachnophobia.

Q: Define “team” in your own words:
A: Team is a group of people who support each other and put the group above the individual to achieve a common goal.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Remember the Titans

Q: What is in your purse/backpack at this moment?
A: My wallet, all my school books, my keys, a luna bar, some thank you cards for my teachers, my calculator, pencils, pens, and headphones.

Q: One thing you wished you knew at age 12:
A: Just be yourself and say what you feel, because those that mind do not matter, and those that matter will not mind.

Q: Champions League or English Premier League?
A: EPL because we do not get Champions League at home, I wish I had more opportunities to watch Champions League matches.

Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine as children do.  It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Q: What is your favorite Belgian Youth National Team memory so far?
A: On my first night, I came back to my room and thought my roommates were sleeping.  They turned all of the lights on and scared me! I immediately felt welcomed and part of the group.  Guess you had to be there!

Q: What is your dream job?
A: Being the CEO of a Biotech Company

Q: If you had to sing karaoke, what song would you sing?
A: Anything Taylor Swift!  But when I was in Belgium I sang the Star Spangled banner since my teammates had never heard it.

Q: Do you have any pregame superstitions?
A: One of my teammates always braids my hair, but nothing else.

Q: What is something most people do not know about you?
A: I played classical piano for eleven years.  I stopped after my freshman year of high school because I was too busy with school.

Q: ECNL, prepared you for _________.
A: Life, Belgium, College Soccer, and competition in general.

Romie, you are an Amazing Young Woman.  Thank you for sharing your story.


About Elite Clubs National League: The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.  The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.


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