SINGAPORE - Adam Swandi, Mahathir Azeman, Bryan Neubronner and Irfan and Ikhsan Fandi Ahmad are all young footballers chasing dreams in France, Brazil, Germany and Chile respectively.
Their ultimate goal - to play professionally in world-class football hotbeds. Ernie Sulastri Sontaril hopes to be a trailblazer for local women.
She wants to become Singapore's first female footballer to ply her trade overseas.
The 24-year-old freelance football coach will fly to Japan on Nov 11 for a two-week trial with L-League division two sides Bunnys Kyoto SC and Fukuoka J Anclas, trying to win a contract with either club.
Speaking to The New Paper, Ernie said: "I've always wanted to travel and play the sport I love. I like to challenge myself and take the risk.
"When I was studying in ITE, I wanted to make football my career, but there was no full-time opportunity here for women's football.
"I don't dream of success, I work for it. So I thought I should try going abroad."
As a fan of Japan's women's national team, the country seemed a natural choice for the Singapore international, who made her debut in 2010.
"My favourite player is Japan's former national captain Homare Sawa. I admire their team for their playing style and professionalism," said the defensive midfielder.
"It is amazing how a team from Asia won the Women's World Cup in 2011.
"I want to learn more about their culture and become a better player and person."
Urged on by a Japanese friend who used to play in the L-League, Ernie has decided to take the plunge.