Gillian Campbell: Eager to Grow Her Game

Gillian Campbell, 16 year old Midfielder from Lewisville, TX, plays for FC Dallas Soccer Club. She has been playing the game since she was four years old and has big goals for her future playing career. We asked her questions about her individual training habits and what she's looking forward to most at the camp this June 12-14 in Powder Springs, GA. Here are her answers. 

Q: Can you give us an example of how you try and improve your individual game during practice?

A: Every practice I try to work on specific things based on how I did in the game from the past weekend. In example, I am a midfielder and if I recognized that my game lacked distribution and creativity, I would zoom in and focus on that in practice.

Q: Can you give us an example of how you try and improve your individual game outside of practice? 

A: I go to a lot of outside training. I go to Micheal Johnson Performance, Paradigm, and I do skills with a few different coaches. I also have ODP training as well.

Q: What part of the Michelle Akers Training Camp are you most excited about?

A: I am eager to work on my footwork. This part of the game is so important and needs to improve all the time. It is a fun time right now because there are so many new drills to learn and master.

Q: In soccer, what is your ultimate goal? What are you doing to make that happen?

A: My ultimate goal is to play in college. I really want to go to an academically sound school that has stellar soccer as well. I work to achieve this by doing a lot of intense training, that is why I am so excited for this camp.

Q: What is your favorite soccer memory?

A: My favorite soccer memory took place when I was in third grade when I attended the USWNT match at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX. I sat front row, and I was mesmerized by my idol Abby Wambach, I couldn’t stop screaming her name. Since then, I have been a die hard Wambach fan, she sparked something inside of me and has been an inspiration in so many ways.

Q: Who is your favorite player?

A: Like I said, I will always be a die hard Abby fan, and I wear her #20. But, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also a fav.

Q: What is your favorite team?

A: In the BPL, I always root for Liverpool. But in the MLS, I gotta go for FC Dallas. But, overall my favorite team is Barca because they are just so talented.