Paris prep and late-night studying: A day in the life of football star Steph Catley.

Want to know how celebrities really spend their days? Yep, us too. In Mamamia’s A Day in the Life series, fascinating people share everything from what they eat for breakfast to their pre-bedtime rituals.

This week, we find out what life is like for Matildas’ football star Steph Catley

Steph is sitting in the lounge room of her London home, which she shares with her partner and fellow footballer Dean Bouzanis, when she calls Mamamia. 

With the countdown to the Paris Olympics on, Steph says “it feels amazing” that the Matildas have officially qualified. “For so long we’ve been in this mode of qualifying for Paris. We went through the whole process without conceding a goal. We scored lots of goals. So we felt like we were putting ourselves in a really good position, but it’s nice now that we can say, ‘Okay, we’re going to Paris!’ We can focus on that and what we want to achieve and prepare for another major tournament.”

When it comes to prep, Steph’s constantly honing her skills playing for Arsenal in the Women’s Super League, along with fellow Matildas teammates Caitlin Foord and Kyra Cooney-Cross. 

A typical day of training starts when her alarm goes off at 7.40am. “Then, I’m really getting up after one snooze at about 7.45,” she smiles. How many times she hits snooze “depends on how big the training and football week’s been, but at the moment I am snoozing a little more than usual, just trying to catch up on as much sleep as I can.”

As a self-confessed night owl, she says her morning shower is “the key to me waking up and being alive.”