You could be mistaken for having never heard of Cobaki and Klepp.
The towns have a combined population of approximately 10,000 and are split by more than 15 thousand kilometres’ worth of bush, sea, mountains and ice.
But what links the two is Eliza Campbell?
The 23-year-old goalkeeper has clocked an enviable amount frequent flyer points in her short career but has finally settled back in Australia.
While living overseas seems like a dream for most, Campbell was far more measured when reflecting upon her experience.
“The first year was good [in Norway at Medkila IL] because it was a new experience,” she said.
“But at the end of that year, I fractured my wrist and was out for the whole next year. I stayed though because I was doing rehab.
“Klepp IL was a different experience though — we didn’t have a lot of foreigners so I was a bit lonely then. We would train for a couple of hours a day, and then I’d have to go home because the other girls would either have school or work.
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“All my teammates were great and we got along well, but the town only had a population of 7,000 so there wasn’t much to do.”
Campbell’s trajectory to professional football is not unlike many of her peers. She wound up in goals following a teammate’s injury during a junior football game and was playing professionally in the W-League six years later.
She told The Women's Game she was cut the following year and was forced to make a big sacrifice.
“I forced my dad to drive me to a club in Brisbane a few times a week,” she laughed. “That was about an hour and a half each way, so I’m pretty grateful for that.
“From there, I made the reps teams, and I just kept on improving and taking my chances.
"I’m pretty fortunate for how everything panned out,” Campbell said.
Perhaps a notable elephant in the room during the interview was the concussion Campbell sustained against China last December.
While she has since returned to playing, Campbell has still recently experienced symptoms — more than six months since the incident.
“A month ago, the headaches came back for a few days,” she said. “I had to let it settle down and do my strengthening exercises which help a lot.
“When it first happened, the headaches just wouldn’t go away. The doctors thought it was whiplash because the two have such similar symptoms. It was pretty hard getting back into things, but I’m on my way back up so hopefully, I can just keep improving and get back to my best.”
Campbell may be in the offseason of the W-League, but she’s still busier than ever. She currently coaches junior goalkeepers in Northern Tigers’ XLR8 program, and runs ‘coach the coaches’ sessions, where she aids the development of community-level coaches.
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But will she be traveling to Adelaide soon for the start of the W-League?
“I’m not sure yet,” said Campbell.
“There’s been some talk, but I don’t know yet — it’s a bit up in the air.
“I want to stay in Australia though and play in the W-League.”