October 24 – It has taken 110 years and a new Chinese owner, but Italian and European giants Inter Milan have finally have pledged to start a women’s first team.
Inter have set the performance bar high for the new team with Inter CEO Alessandro Antonello saying that the club is aiming for “the highest sporting objectives in the near future, as the prestige of the Inter brand demands.”
To achieve this Inter will be relying on the coaching expertise developed in their own academy married to an acquisition of naming rights to the ASD Femminile Inter Milano club, and the contracts of its players in the ASD Femminile Inter Milano first-team and Primavera squads.
Founded in 2009 by the merger of two women’s clubs, ASD Femminile Inter Milano won promotion to Italy’s Serie A in 2013 before being relegated back to Serie B where the club currently plays.
Two games into the current season ASD Femminile Inter Milano are top of the divison. New Italian FA president Gabriele Gravina approved the transfer of the name of the club and its league status to Inter as one of the first acts of his presidency, having only been elected to lead the FIGC on Monday.
“This is a vital step for the club and one that strengthens an increasingly complete sporting area which has clear plans and a concrete vision for the future,” said Antonello.
“The valuable experience we have gained through our youth academy will be crucial in ensuring the success of the women’s team project. The goal is to develop a link between the various youth categories and the new first-team and Primavera squads.”
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