Interviews with Emma: Brittany Ratcliffe

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Emma Bayer is an 11-year-old who does a recurring interview series for Backline Soccer. You can find more out about how Emma got into soccer here.


Brittany was a second round pick of the Boston Breakers in 2016. She is now a member of the Utah Royals.

Birthdate: February 7, 1994

Nickname from teammates: Britt, B-Rat

Hometown: Franklin Township, New Jersey

Age started playing: 4 years old

College/major: University of Virginia and I majored in Media Studies

Career aspirations after soccer: I am still unsure about what I want to do after soccer but I really enjoy talking to people and sports/fitness so maybe something in the business world that involves both.

Why did you pick your particular uniform #:  Growing up my favorite number was #13 and when I got to college someone already had it so I changed to #11.  When I got to the NWSL neither of those numbers were available, but I like double digit numbers and #25 was available and it just seemed right!

Pregame meal: Depending on what time the game is depends on what I eat.  If we have an afternoon game, I’ll eat oatmeal w/ banana and peanut butter for breakfast and if it’s a later game, I will usually have a turkey sandwich for lunch.  And drink LOTS of water!

Workout music:  My taste in music depends on the day.  Some days I like fun upbeat pop music, country music, or oldies from the 70s & 80s.

Favorite cartoon character:  Ariel from The Little Mermaid

Fave movie: Disney’s Hercules.  Ive watched it so many times I could probably quote the whole movie!  But I also like Miracle and Invincible.

Fave actress:  Blake Lively

Hidden talent:  I dont think I have any hidden talents but one time I ate 10 doughnuts in 10 minutes

Mentor (in soccer or life): My mom and dad, they’re the best role models I could ever ask for

Fave charity/cause:  I love animals, so anything that helps domestic animals, wild/sea animals, or endangered animals.  I also enjoy volunteering for charities like the Special Olympics that help with mental/physical disabilities.

Life motto: It’s not how many times you get knocked down that matters, it’s how many times you get back up.

Superstitions:  I dont have any superstitions, but every game I wear an orange ribbon in my hair.

Pets:  I have a bunch of different animals!  Cat, Rooster, Chickens, Ducks, Bird

If you were going on Amazing Race, which teammate would you want as a partner, and why?  Hmm thats a tough question! I dont know if I could pick just one teammate but I think if I could bring my whole team it would be very funny to watch.

Image courtesy of Steph Nacho