Catalina Usme She was one of the leading players in the team of Colombia Selection who recently finished runner-up Women’s America’s Cup 2022Where the tricolor team got the quota world Cup of New Zealand and Australia 2023 and qualifying for the group stage of 2024 Paris Olympics, After finishing the continental tournament, the striker spoke with the newspaper El Pais de Cali about her future and the current of women’s football in the country.
‘Tiranga’ team’s historic scorer consulted about who has been described as vetoed Colombian women’s teamThis, after a notable absence in previous calls, allowed both America’s Cup as well as friendly matches, with players like Yorelli Rincon, Natalia Gaten, Isabella Echeveri and Vanessa Cordobawho was critical of the lack of support for women’s football by the Colombian Football Federation at the time:
This is a very controversial topic. If there were Vito, the first to be marginalized would be Daniela Montoya, as she has been one of the main writers of the protest, but she is there and she is the captain. Football has always taught me that we all have different eyes to see and we all fit into it. I think this selection has given opportunities to the players who are here.”
Catalina Usme was also consulted about the support received by responsible institution development of football Colombian Football Federation and Demaire, at the last minute. To which the athlete highlighted that leaders of both entities now sit at the table with him to negotiate their requests, although he assured that their support is still lacking:
“I think we have made progress on a lot of things. These institutions are closer to us now. Obviously there is a long way to go, this road is hard to build and there will be mistakes on both sides, but as long as there is will, We’ll keep working. Previously, we didn’t sit with the Federation or with Diemer. Women’s football is still foreign to them, but we’ve already made things up.”
Finally, the player who has scored a goal in the most recent edition America’s Cup and holds the record as the team’s top scorer with 37 goalsRefers to the responsibility of clubs when deciding to organize tournaments with appropriate formats women’s football,
“It’s a shared responsibility. In the legislatures, when a women’s league approval is requested, who votes? Well, the leaders of the clubs. When I talk about the structure of women’s football, I’m referring to the grounds. I’m talking, that is, the entities that regulate football in Colombia, but down there, clubs have to adapt to that structure. And it’s clear, first you have to invest to get a profit, but Clubs don’t do that.”
Next competitions for Colombia will be fifa dates September, October and November in 2022, as well as before the completion of the months of February, April and July World Cup Australia – New Zealand in 2023. Meanwhile, the sub-20 team will be present in the category World Championships to be held from August 10 to 28. Costa Ricalike Under-17 Category who will play Orbital meeting in India,