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Captain Endler remains vigilant as new Chilean Football President promises women’s football professionalization

The Football Federation of Chile, Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (ANFP), earlier this week elected its new president Pablo Milad. Milad who is a politcian and the former Mayor of the Maule region in Chile, was chosen by the clubs as the new president of the ANFP until 2022.

The new president of Chilean football federation Pablo Milad (Photo: pablo_milad/Twitter)

“Women’s football is exciting” that was one of the first sentences that Milad gave after he was appointed as president, and as reported by Football magazine Prensa Futbol, the new Chilean football boss have detailed his plan for the development of women’s football in the country.

One of the big objects is, for all the players of the women’s top league Campeonato de Fútbol Femenino de Primera División A, to have a professional contract so that they can dedicate themselves 100% to the activity:

“It is in a process of evolution, where we propose that the Chilean teams must be professionals, which will be the first step so that they can train freely without worrying about having another job and being able to finance themselves by a contract from each of the clubs,” Milad said about the topic and the new ANFP president added: “It will be a first step to gradually professionalize women’s football, to give it sustainability, a future and peace of mind so that the girls can dedicate themselves 100% to this, which will improve the level and performance of the tournament.”

Santiago Morning was the 2019 Chilean champions (Photo: santiagomorningfem/Instagram)

Milad also pointed out that for now the clubs Colo Colo and Santiago Morning have contracted female players but that things have to be regulated from a federative point of view and said that the federation will do an in-depth job of modifying, guiding, and protecting the female players, where e.g. health insurance is one of the objects.

Milad has also talked about the creation of a Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the upcoming Copa Libertadores Femenina, which is to be played in Chile in January. And in the coming weeks, a LOC should be formed:

“In our program we have said that we want to increase financing for women’s football, we want to start organizing the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), because the Copa Libertadores will be played in Chile from the month of January, although it is a date that may vary, where there will be three Chilean teams in competition,” said Milad.

Christiane Endler, the goalkeeper of Paris Saint-Germain and captain of the Chilean women’s national team, spoke to the newspaper AS about the new appointment:

“I hope they continue working in the same or better way than what has been done. With Sebastián (Moreno – former president) we had a good relationship, permanent contact and we were able to make a lot of progress in the conditions, especially for the National Team.”

The Chilean Women’s National team (Photo: tianeendler/Twitter)

The Chilean women’s national team have an important task ahead in February 2021 when they will face Cameroon in a final qualification round for the Tokyo Olympics.

“I hope you keep your word. I do not know him (Milad) personally, I hope to do it when I go to Chile. It is very important that they listen to the players.” the captain remains vigilant.