Carlos Santiso celebrates becoming the coach of Rayo’s women’s team as ‘a unique opportunity’.

Carlos Santiso is not bound by any singular football philosophy. “I consider myself to be a chameleonic coach. Of course we all want to have possession of the ball and win, but first things first is to analyse the team you have at your disposal. What I start by doing is to determine their strong points and weak points, in order to reinforce the first and minimize the second.”

With this ‘modus operandi’, the Madrid technician has reached the squad of Rayo Vallecano’s women’s first team. It is the high point of a career which he started more than 10 years ago from the bench of laEscuela Deportiva Municipal de San Blas. Then he moved on to Real Madrid, where he worked for as season as the second coach for the U-8’s. And then to Rayo, where he ascended through the categories until finally reaching his position in la Liga Iberdrola.

While undertaking these responsibilities with these clubs, the technician also developed his teaching skills at Marcet. “When I was 19 I started collaborating with them and I’ve maintained a kind of liaison with the Academy ever since. Every Sunday I went to teach technification at the Marcet hub in Madrid. There were tons of kids, it was great!

“At Marcet they provide you with working and learning tools that allow players to develop incredibly”

Over time Santiso also started going to Barcelona during the summer, where he had the opportunity to be in charge of a team during the World Cup. “I got to know a way of working which I found fascinating. I learned so much at Marcet because they provide you with very useful working tools which allows you to help develop the more inexperienced students very quickly, as well as perfecting the technique of the better players. There are exercises I continue to use today because they are perfect for the girls of Rayo.”

Carlos Santiso dirige un entrenamiento en Marcet.
Carlos Santiso leading a training session at Marcet.

The technician does not consider women’s football to be a world apart. “Of course there are differences in terms of physical strength, but it is a field that has already been professionalized. It’s difficult to live from football, even for boys or male trainers, but dedication is always rewarded and everyday there are more girls than can exclusively dedicate themselves to this sport. This is becoming more and more noticeable and today there’s a big push behind this world.”

“Being in charge of Rayo’s women’s first team is a big step for me,” admits Santiso. “It’s a unique opportunity for me to continue growing and be motivated by the whole adventure behind the competition. My objective is to hone my skills with this club, with whom I identify completely and where I feel at home. I want to prolong this adventure for as long as I can, make the fans happy and become the Wenger of Rayo’s women’s team. Although of course, I’m also looking forward for the summertime when I’ll be able to return to Marcet’s hub to continue my learning process.”