Name: Monica Festa
Originally from: Long Island, New York, USA
Position: Center Midfield
Favorite Team: US Women’s National Team
Soccer Idol: Alex Morgan
Did You Know: Monica has undergone a total of three ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) surgeries, recovering each time to get back on the field to play the game she loves!!
“After doing MASA MITF – Masa Israel Teaching Fellows – in 2019, I fell in love with Israel. After a very meaningful trip, I returned to New York only to wish to be back in the country where I had just had the time of my life. I decided to uproot my life, and I finally made Aliyah in the fall of 2020."
“I started playing soccer as a three-year-old, just playing in parks. The more I played, the more I loved the game. I decided to start taking it more seriously, so when I was 10 years old, I joined a competitive club.”
“The older I got, the more seriously I played. I travelled throughout the east coast of the United States and spent high school getting recruited to play in college. I ended up deciding to play at SUNY Cortland as a midfielder."
“When I made Aliyah a few months ago, finding a local soccer team was a top priority. I posted in a local Facebook group asking for advice about where I can find a place to play as a new Oleh. Multiple people suggested Inter Aliyah, so I tried it out and absolutely loved it! "
“To me, Inter Aliyah is very special because we all have had a unique journey that somehow brought us to Israel and to this team, and those two reasons really connect us as a group of girls who love soccer."