I grew up in the northern parts of Sweden in a small village where the winters were long and the options for activities outside sport was very limited. Growing up, I tried and participated in all the different team sports that were available in the village and the surrounding area, playing football, ice hockey, floorball and basketball while also competing in track and field for a period of time.
Big parts of my childhood was spent playing in the woods or in the snow which developed my creativity and my behavioral pattern recognition skills. I was part of the group of people who started the floorball club in my village and coached the senior women’s team before deciding to go all in on football in my early twenties. I also tried refereeing in both floorball and football for a short period of time.
The determination to make big sacrifices to play football was the result of an underlying drive to become a coach. My thinking was that playing as long as possible on a level as high as possible would give me more experience and knowledge for when starting my coaching career. My playing career led to a semi-professional level in Norway before a knee injury convinced me that this was a good time to start coaching in 2008 at the age of 27. The following year I was a board member and a youth coach in my Norwegian club that I had played for.