Millonarios and the Sergio Arboleda University of Bogota signed an alliance two months ago. They want to build a strong base off of their women’s college team. For Millonarios to participate in the league and continental competitions next year they have to build a women’s team (this rule applies to all Colombian top-flight teams.)
We interviewed Cesar Ardila regarding the alliance and how this process will work.
How is the agreement with the Universidad Sergio Arboleda? Why were they chosen? What are the possible advantages and disadvantages of them in regards to all the other teams?
According to DIMAYOR, it’s an obligation to have a women’s team for 2018. Millonarios researched the case and looked at all the possibilities before making an important investment. The Universidad Sergio Arboleda presented us a project that was already advanced because there is already a structure in the team and they participate in tournaments all around Bogota plus they already have their training facility. We believed that it was the best option to build the women’s team with a strong base. We don’t exactly know the advantages and disadvantages of this team with the other teams, and we don’t know this team that well.
Where will the training take place? Will the coaching staff be formed entirely of coaches from the Universidad Sergio Arboleda staffs? Or is Millonarios going choose people for these positions?
The women’s team will train at the college’s training ground because they have great fields and locker rooms. Millonarios are currently handpicking the coaching staffs for this team like the coaches, trainers, doctors, and others.
What are the requirements to be part of the team? Has the team had a chance to observe some players and is there a specific player that may interest the club? Is Millonarios going to bring in foreigners?
We’re still working on it, and nothing is done yet. We first have to pick the staff, and they will do the research. The base of the women’s team is some of the current players from Universidad Sergio Arboleda women’s team.
Is it true that the women’s team will start in the second division?
From our understanding, they will start off in the second division and same for the others teams that did not participate in the league this year. All of these teams including ours will begin competing in the second division next June.
In the future, will there be an open trial for those who are not part of the Universidad Sergio Arboleda? Like, have an opportunity to be part of the team?
Yes, the women’s team will not consist of all college players. We will release an announcement about an open trial across the country. From there we will select the players.
Is there a strategy in place to have a massive amount of spectators to the women’s matches?
At the moment, we don’t have any strategy,
Some fans are asking when will there be more details about the women’s team?
We will have more information once everything is done. We will be publishing these types of information on our website and social media.
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