BY GONZALO VLVAREZ
This Thursday the team leaders who form the National Association of Professional Football (ANFP) will determine who will hold the presidency the club council, and the cycle led by Arturo Salah since January 2016 will end.
Integrated and leading entity Chile Football Federation comes from complex years after the mandate that Sergio Jadue presented between 2011 and 2015, after being accused by the US justice system of corruption at the FIFA Gate.
To find out proposals from three candidates, ADN Deportes submitted a survey to Jorge Uauy, Sebastián Moreno and Harold Mayne-Nicholls, who submitted their proposals for seven main problems for four years whose term of office will end.
1) Should Reinaldo Rueda continue the selection?
Uauy: I was asked a lot and, as I said on previous occasions to the media, I did not know the Rueda project as a whole. As a result, at the beginning of my period, without a doubt it will be one of the first meetings that I will hold. After that and after meeting Reinaldo, in a professional and human manner, the future of the National Team's technical direction will be decided. Any answer today is in a hurry. I believe in the process but also in the results. Like or dislike.
Moreno: We have a commitment to development with Reinaldo Rueda and his coaching staff. In the medium term we have Copa America. We have to validate the two championships that we won in the previous edition. And its main goal is to qualify for the Qatar World Cup. Both Reinaldo and his technical staff have guarantees to develop their work where he is employed.
Mayne-Nicholls: I don't really support the annoying technical process. Reinaldo Rueda has done a fairly comprehensive evaluation of all of our players available for the national team and I don't think it would be a good idea to miss this year's work.
2) What projects do you have for the Juan Pinto Duran Complex?
Uauy: I understand that there are projects in progress, which we must review in detail. Until now we have not been told about it. However, I have absolute confidence that we need the highest level of sports complex, in any sense, for the National Team, but we will be careful in the resources needed. We will not mortgage ANFP sustainability if there are no resources.
Moreno: We plan to develop a first-tier place where men's football can coexist with all of its lower national teams, with women's football, adult teams and the different choices that make up a young women's national team, as well as beach soccer and futsal. We see the Duran Pinto as a place for our football to be developed integrally.
Mayne-Nicholls: The Chilean football team with everything they have given the country needs a new complex, but before seeing how this is done, the feasibility study must be carried out both economically and in a complex future sustainability, before deciding whether it is done or not.
3) Do you intend to maintain a tournament or return to a short tournament?
Uauy: There is enough evidence in all types of tournaments to make an appropriate analysis of what is best for Chilean football from a sports and economic standpoint. The type of tournament we have in the future will depend on what is resolved by the presidential board and what is best for the club.
Moreno: What is needed for the development of football is its stability in the championship system. We just had a year with this championship system, which was agreed upon by the presidential council. Of course we support maintaining this system from time to time, stability is fundamental, and permanently evaluates with the presidential council.
Mayne-Nicholls: This type of tournament is something that decides and determines the presidential council, does not decide or determine the directory. Everyone knows that I always like long tournaments, but if the presidential council decides otherwise, we will work with great enthusiasm.
4) How will you promote the Second Professional Division?
Uauy: We have different and innovative proposals that refer to increasing youth participation in this division, where it will be special that in the two young people the most competes. It is also possible to create subsidiaries from Primera A and Primera B teams, as in the Spanish league.
Moreno: It's impossible for the Second Division to generate income. First you have to worry about generating income for the clubs that make it up. In other countries, this is an important breeding ground for both the club and, finally, for the national team. And by the way, clubs must be equipped with new tools so that they can improve themselves and generate different income that allows them to survive in the medium and long term.
Mayne-Nicholls: Deep revisions are needed, which can also bring deep structural changes. It doesn't seem like a tournament where there are, but very few teams. We must also seek and promote all the benefits of participation in ANFP, and this must have active participation in a number of ways such as in transfer financing and costs involved in developing matches.
5) What projects do you have for young football, to increase the percentage of players participating in minor selection who reach adulthood?
Uauy: Having a better club goes hand in hand with greater participation and better training from young people. As such, such virtuous circles, better clubs and more training will lead us to have a more competitive youth team, which will have an impact on developing a stronger adult team. What is clear is that Sub 20 rules do not contribute to empowering young people, because when they are 21 years old, they are left without competition.
Moreno: We must understand that the core that produces the development of football is the club. From the young football club players appear selection. As stipulated in our strategic plan, it is necessary to train players with the characteristics of selection players from the earliest ages, starting from Sub 15 onwards. It is our duty to provide international friction with the characteristics of selected players and, to the extent that, as groups are obtained from the earliest ages, as practiced in other countries, which work in this way, we will be able to consolidate an important group which will added to the substitute, then formed a solid group in the absolute national team in the future.
Mayne-Nicholls: That technicians from the division traveled through 32 clubs or 42 ANFP clubs, looked at the field to train all the children and according to them carried out evaluations and started inviting players. The trip and the view of the training, at least a week, and in the meantime each month plays one or two international character games, so that technicians will draw their conclusions. And before the championship joins three weeks or a month, and there to do training with those who have been left behind by the technical body. I think that methodological changes are imposed on Chilean football as soon as possible.
6) How will you promote women's football?
Uauy: We have to walk along the way to improve women's soccer from our club, so women's soccer league is a reality and has important meaning.
Moreno: He already has a way. We have made great progress since 2016 until this date. We have put in place strategic plans for the development of women's football, both at the national team and club level. We understand that the spearhead for its development is our national adult team and we will continue to promote women's soccer at the national level, build Sub 15. In relation to the league that we have prepared – for the past two years – very much greater investment in transfers and accommodation from different players who make up the competition, at different clubs.
Mayne-Nicholls: The big project for women's football, for us, is to bring the Adult World Cup to Chile in 2027. We will have eight years to work and promote all women's football. This will be a very important event for the country and will be a good example.
7) Will he make changes or not increase discipline in the National Team? Which one
Uauy: Discipline is not acceptable. For most children in our country, soccer players are an example in their lives, they are objects of admiration. We hope to build, in accordance with technical bodies, a minimum measure of compliance in this matter.
Moreno: This is the subject that suits, of course, the coaching staff and coach, given that he is a disciplinary leader in the dressing room. That is a task that must be done by the national coach and, by the way, we respect the decisions made by the coach.
Mayne-Nicholls: For me, discipline is not a matter of rules, it's not a matter of permission, it's not a matter of obligation. Discipline is a matter of commitment and every player who comes to one of our choices must understand that here is a greater commitment, which is a commitment to the entire country. And that commitment is to maintain discipline. Those who don't understand, unfortunately will not be able to integrate the Chilean team.