‘I’m where I need to be’: Sofia Sakalis goes for Glory

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Sofia Sakalis is a family oriented, dedicated footballer who left everything behind in Melbourne to chase her dreams in Perth and the moves has paid off.

After she was unable to get the desired minutes at Melbourne City, she is now kicking goals with Perth Glory – literally – after scoring her first ever A-League Women’s goal.

Sakalis had been training with City since she was 13-years-old and got her first professional contract with them two years later. That chapter of her life, however, came to a close after she made the biggest decision of her career, to put herself first.

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The stars aligned for Sakalis, who just finished year 12, and she realised it was the right time for her to move.

But it was not an easy decision, her choice meant leaving behind her support network.

“It really got to the point where I needed to make a decision for myself and find a new environment and a new team that was going to push me a different way; to get more exposure and game minutes under my belt,” she said.

“It was a difficult decision to make because I’m very close with my family, but they were very supportive of the move.”

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While Sakalis had spent majority of her professional career with City, a recurring theme for her are the talks of her talent then followed by her age.

“People always comment on my age. Because I was contracted at 15 it’s always been ‘I’m the young one’ or ‘I’ve got so much time’,” she said.

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“Age shouldn’t be something that holds you back. I definitely think it should be ability over age.”

Sakalis’ time with Glory has been a showcase of her abilities all while ticking off goals for the season: bagging her first goal and getting game time.

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Sakalis continues to enjoy what she dubs as her first real chance at an ALW season, having played in every game since the start of the 2021/22 season, and she was not looking back.

“I don’t have any regrets and I know that I’m where I need to be in order to take my soccer journey and career to the next level,” she said.

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The midfielder seems to have made the right decision to make the move, in addition to more game time and a goal, Glory sitting fifth on the ladder. The side has managed four wins and three draws to their name following the comeback by Canberra United on Saturday afternoon.

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Feature Image credit: Aptitude Photography (Dan Ullman)

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Ash Ramos
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Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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