Italian football giants Inter Milan have announced the creation of their first women’s team by acquiring the naming rights to the ASD Femminile Inter Milano soccer club.
The club, as well as their existing players and youth squad, who currently play in the second tier of women’s soccer in Italy, officially take on Inter’s name following a deal approved by new Italian Football Association (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina, who was elected earlier this week.
Inter Milan has also acquired the rights to all of the players in the ASD Femminile Inter Milano first-team and Primavera squads.
Inter chief executive Alessandro Antonello said: “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. 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, so that we are able to aim for the highest sporting objectives in the near future, as the prestige of the Inter brand demands.”
The move is the latest development in the restructuring of the Serie A club, who have undergone a change of ownership in recent years following a period of underachievement with the men’s side without a major title since 2011.
Inter’s women’s side are currently top of Serie B with a 100 per cent record from their opening two games of the season.