The popular Bolivian soccer club for the first time makes up a women's team to contest the regional tournaments created by Conmebol for 2019
The South American women's football is taking a new look thanks to the decisions taken by Conmebol in the year 2019 because they are creating new teams of women. In addition, in the coming months there are special tournaments for young promises such as the Copa Libertadores.
Why The Strongest made this decision?
As the Spanish chain EFE explains, the Conmebol has taken the decision to demand from all the South American soccer teams the creation of a female squad as a requisite to be able to play some championships in 2019.
When this order was given, the Bolivian team was given the task of making a call to choose the girls that would play for the women's team. According to the newspaper Bolivia, coach Daniel Farías reported that more than 100 women presented themselves to the call that ended with the selection of some players for the professional team and 16 more youngsters for the vacancies of the lower ones.
The new coach of the warriors, Daniel Rosales, expressed to the newspaper Bolivia that "I see in the fields great development of the women, I see a lot of passion when they go to the stadium, La Paz women have a lot of character, they are enterprising and that can be move to this sport."
Precisely, the team will be able to prove what its players are made of, in the tournament organized by the Football Association of Peace in this month. They can also do it in the national championship, which will take place in January if the directives cannot fix everything necessary to play right now, as the Bolivian daily Pagina Siete explained.
However, these are not the only competitions that are in the women's calendar, in the month of October the Copa Libertadores will be played.
Is Colombia ready for the Copa Libertadores?
While some Latin American teams are assembling their squads to compete in the following tournaments, like The Strongest, the Colombian women's teams are running out of their football stars.
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According to the newspaper Marca Claro, several Latin American stars will abandon their current Colombian teams to play in the old continent, and, therefore, will not play the Copa Libertadores. That is the case Lady Andrade who was hired by AC Milan and will leave her current squad, the Antioquia team, Atlético Nacional.
In addition, this same newspaper highlighted three major transactions for European football: "Nicole Regnier and Carolina Arias are new players of Servete FC (Switzerland). Both have already distinguished themselves with this club so far this season. Vanessa Córdoba leaves La Equidad to stop at the Albacete Femenino Foundation ".
Additionally, the departures of Oriana Altuve and Melissa Herrera of the Colombian league are irreversible. The first will try her luck in the Madrid team Rayo Vallecano, while the second will play her next season in France, as reported by the newspaper Marca.
These outings seem to conclude that the level of the women's league in Colombia is not strong enough to retain the Latin stars and that is why many seek luck in the old continent.
How is women's football in Latin America?
In general, the women's squads in South America are on the rise, and more with the decision of the Conmebol to demand the creation of teams for the female football. For example, in the next Copa Libertadores, there will be 12 teams (the winners of the league of each country) among which stand out: Atlético Huila (Colombia), Peñarol (Uruguay), Colo Colo (Chile) and Santos (Brazil). Women's football every year is improving its level.
LatinAmerican Post | Miguel Díaz
Translated from: 'The Strongest de Bolivia: Las futbolistas se toman este tradicional club'