The PUMA House of Football yesterday hosted a special friendly game between AC Milan Women - a delegation made of a selection of players from the first team and from the Primavera team - and Harvard University Women's Soccer, one of the most competitive programs in the US, competing in the Ivy League conference, with some of its players joining their national teams in the next World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Harvard University's visit to AC Milan at the PUMA House of Football underlines the strong connection between the Rossonere and the United States, where the team coached by Maurizio Ganz took part in the Women's Cup last August. In the USA, women's football has long been a professional sport, quickly establishing itself as one of the most popular sports among young girls as well. A trend that can also be noticed in Italy and that must be encouraged every day.
That is why the continuous exchange of cultural experiences between the USA and Italy is so important, both from a sporting and an institutional perspective. Harvard University's trip to Milan is another step in that direction, with the visit also having a special meaning that connects the past with the present and the future of AC Milan. Harvard is, in fact, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United States, which counts among its alumni also AC Milan CEO Giorgio Furlani and CFO Stefano Cocirio.
Arriving at the PUMA House of Football in the morning, Harvard University Women's Soccer and its staff were welcomed by Elisabet Spina, Head of Women's Football at AC Milan. The group took part in a number of meetings, which aimed to explain the technical project of the women's sector within AC Milan. In more detail, speakers Davide Corti, Coach of the Primavera team with a strong experience in the USA, and Michaela Fantoni, Head of the Psycho-Pedagogical Area shared their expertise and experience with the Harvard University group, going into detail on what it means to build a team on and off the football field.
With this special day in Milan, Harvard University and AC Milan Women have built a solid foundation for a friendship destined to last in the future.
"Positive confrontations between international organizations are always an opportunity for growth. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to share our expertise and experience with Harvard University in the USA, where women's football has historically played an important role. This is why I believe that a continuous exchange of experiences, both from sporting and institutional perspective, is so important," said Elisabet Spina, Head of Women's Football of AC Milan.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for our team to experience Italian culture and learn from one of the most successful clubs in European history. We have felt very welcomed by AC Milan, and we're looking forward to playing for the team", Harvard University Women’s Soccer Team Head Coach Chris Hamblin said.
Following the friendly game at the PUMA House of Football, the Harvard Women's Soccer Team moved to the San Siro Stadium to watch the AC Milan v Salernitana match.