VAN DIEST: Chile altering attitudes, inspiring subsequent technology at World Cup


REIMS — The 2019 FIFA Girls’s World Cup is greater than only a soccer event for lots of the growing nations collaborating within the occasion.

The ladies’s sport is rising at completely different charges in several components of the world. And whereas powerhouses like the US, Canada, France, Germany and Japan are centered on successful the event, there are lots of groups who’re simply glad simply to be right here.

Chile is collaborating in its first World Cup after ending runners-up within the South American championship final yr and have an opportunity to advance to the second spherical with a victory in opposition to Thailand of their ultimate Group F sport Thursday in Rennes.

The highest 4 third-place groups after the group stage will transfer on to the second spherical.


Chile’s Christiane Endler awaits a nook kick in opposition to the US in a Group F sport on the 2019 FIFA Girls’s World Cup on the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris, France on June 16, 2019. Christian Hartmann / Reuters

Chile misplaced Three-Zero to the US in Paris in entrance of over 45,000 spectators at that Parc des Princes on Sunday, in a sport not as shut because the rating would counsel.

Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler stored the rating respectable with quite a few excellent saves within the second half. Endler was named participant of the sport.

“We’re glad to have performed for all of the Chileans which are watching us and have come to cheer us on on this event,” Endler mentioned after the sport Sunday. “It’s an unimaginable expertise for us to have the ability to play in a World Cup in a stadium like this with an environment like this it’s an unforgettable expertise for all of us.

“We nonetheless have an extended option to go in an effort to get higher, however indisputably, we’ll enhance. We nonetheless need assistance in an effort to get higher. We don’t have an expert ladies’s league in Chile and nearly all of us have to go away the nation to play professionally. This needs to be the beginning for the expansion of ladies’s soccer in Chile and we have now to maintain opening doorways for women within the nation and maintain giving them a possibility to play.”

“This needs to be the beginning for the expansion of ladies’s soccer in Chile and we have now to maintain opening doorways for women within the nation and maintain giving them a possibility to play.” — Christiane Endler 

South America remains to be years behind North America and Europe on the subject of the event of the ladies’s sport. Brazil is the dominant staff within the continent, however different nations are attempting to catch up. It has not at all times been straightforward as attitudes in the direction of feminine sports activities can nonetheless be archaic and girls should not given the identical alternatives as males.

“I believe issues are getting higher,” mentioned Chile ahead Daniela Zamora. “We’ve got labored actually laborious the final two years and we have been in a position to qualify for the World Cup and we had preparation for event. We’re very pleased with the place we’re getting right here, however we all know we nonetheless have an extended option to go.”

Growth begins with funding and in an effort to turn out to be aggressive with the event heavyweights, Zamora mentioned extra must be achieved on the youth degree all through the nation.

“We lack applications for youthful gamers and applications for younger women to play,” she mentioned. “That’s what we have to spend money on. Quite a lot of us didn’t begin enjoying till we have been 14 or 15 years outdated and that makes it troublesome to compete in opposition to groups whose gamers have began to play at eight or 9 years outdated. However slowly, issues are getting higher and I believe from right here, they’re going to maintain getting higher.

“The social attitudes are altering as nicely. We’re within the means of attending to a spot the place ladies are in a position to do what they need and break these social boundaries as nicely.”


Chile’s defender Carla Guerrero, left, vies with United States ahead Carli Lloyd through the France 2019 Girls’s World Cup Group F sport between USA and Chile, on June 16, 2019, on the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Lionel Bonaventure / Getty Photographs

Attending to the World Cup is an enormous accomplishment for Chile as it’s for Argentina, who certified regardless of having this system virtually disbanded for 2 years whereas their soccer affiliation tried to dig out of a corruption scandal.

With talks of the event increasing to 32 groups in the future, there will likely be extra stress on nations to place extra sources into ladies’s soccer. Extra younger women enjoying the sport equates to, ultimately, the next degree of play on the worldwide degree.

Regardless of having but to attain a objective within the event, Chile has made account of itself. That they had a possibility to see firsthand the dimensions of the hole between themselves and the defending World Cup champions, United States.


Carli Lloyd of the U.S. is challenged by Su Helen Galaz of Chile through the 2019 Girls’s World Cup Group F match at Parc des Princes in Paris on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Richard Heathcote / Getty Photographs

Having been criticized for operating up the rating in opposition to Thailand after which celebrating excessively when the sport was nicely out of hand, the US was much more respectful to Chile of their second sport.

“America is a really sturdy rival, however we by no means hung our heads within the sport,” Zamora mentioned. “We tried to play laborious till the tip and we be ok with our effort. Taking part in right here was marvellous, it was spectacular to get an opportunity to play in stadium like this so we’re very glad.”

Chile’s nationwide ladies’s staff perceive they’re trailblazers and pioneers of their nation and wish to encourage the following technology.

“The fact is we’re function fashions for women again dwelling and we wish to be the very best function fashions,” mentioned defender Su Helen Galaz. “We labored laborious for years to get to a World Cup and we hope the women get impressed by that and wish to work simply as laborious. They’re going to have higher situations that we did and so they should attempt to make the most of that and maintain coming to World Cups.”

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