Chilean referee Carlos Chandía started playing football at the age of 5 and almost made it as a professional playing 5 years for a team called Nublense. He quit mainly for economical reasons and started a career in refereeing and a family. The number one referee in Chile made it to the 2006 World Cup finals albeit as a substitute and didn't get to officiate a match. He retired in at the end of 2009, the year he turned 45.
Among his international matches are the second leg of the Copa Sudamericana final in 2004, many matches in the Copa Libertadores and the World Cup for teams 2005 in Yokohama between Deportivo Sarprissa (Costa Roca) and Liverpool, won by Liverpool (0-3).