Philippines women's national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Malditas (Feisty ladies)
AssociationPhilippine Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachMarnelli Dimzon
Home stadiumBiñan Football Stadium
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 69 Decrease 2 (27 September 2019)[1]
Highest67 (July 2019)
Lowest133 (September 2011)
First international
 Hong Kong 2–0 Philippines 
(Hong Kong; 07 June 1981)
Biggest win
 Philippines 11–0 Macau 
(Carmona, Philippines; 03 August 2019)
Biggest defeat
 China PR 21–0 Philippines 
(Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; 24 September 1995)
Women's Asian Cup
Appearances9 (first in 1981)
Best result6th (2018)

The Philippines women's national football team is the women's national football team of the Philippines. It is controlled by the Philippine Football Federation, the governing body of football in the country.

The women's national football team of the Philippines was formalized in the 1980s. The Philippines has participated in the Women's Asian Cup, first participating in 1981 when the tournament was still known as the AFC Women's Championship. The Philippines hosted the tournament in 1999 in Iloilo and Bacolod. They had a hiatus from the continental tournament after taking part in 2003 with a qualification process being introduced in the 2006 edition. They returned to the AFC Women's Asian Cup in 2018 after qualifying in 2017. In that iteration of the tournament, they progress to the knockout stages for the very first time in their Asian Cup participation history.

In Southeast Asian football, the Philippine women's team has limited success in the AFF Women's Championship and Southeast Asian Games with their only honor being the third place finish at the 1985 Southeast Asian Games which saw only three teams participating in the women's football event.

The head coach of the national team since August 2018 is Marnelli Dimzon and is 74th in the women's FIFA ranking as of December 2018.


Early years[edit]

The Philippines women's national football team was formally organized after the Philippine Ladies' Football Association was established in 1980 by Cristina Ramos. The Philippines managed to make its first podium finish in a tournament when it won bronze at the 1985 Southeast Asian Games.[2] However the football event of the tournament was only participated by two other teams, Thailand and Singapore with the Philippines not winning a single match.


Marlon Maro coached the women's national football team as early as 2001 when he guided the national team through the 2001 Southeast Asian Games.[3] He was head coach of the national team until 2007, coaching the team for the last time at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games[4][5]


Supporters of the Philippine national team with flags
Fans of the Philippine national team at the Bangabandhu National Stadium

2011 AFF Championship and 2012 LA Viking Cup[edit]

The Philippine national team participated at the 2011 AFF Women's Championship in Laos from 16–25 October, after being inactive for the last 21 months.[6]

The national team had a training camp in the United States in 2012. The team management scouted for players with Filipino heritage in the United States for the national team. Part of the training camp was participation at the 2012 LA Viking Cup, which saw the national team play against American club sides California Cosmos, Metro Stars and Leon. The national team won the tournament beating California Cosmos in the final 4–3 on extra time, the scoreline between the two teams was 1–1 before extra time.[7]

2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualifiers[edit]

Philippine national team players in blue posing as a team
The Philippines national football team after their away match against Bangladesh on 25 May 2013 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

The national team attempted to qualify for the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup. The Philippines was grouped with Bangladesh, Iran and Thailand at the qualifiers single group stage with the winner advancing to the Asian Cup finals. The team fell short of qualifying after losing to Thailand by a single goal despite winning convincingly over its other group opponents, Iran and Bangladesh.[8]

2013–2015 Southeast Asian tournaments[edit]

The 2013 AFF Women's Championship saw the participation of the Philippine squad. The Philippines was grouped with Laos, Indonesia, hosts Myanmar and invitees Japan U23. The Philippines failed to proceed to the knock-out stage, after placing third in the group, with only the top two teams proceeding to the next phase of the tournament. The Philippines lost to Japan U23 and Myanmar and won against the other two teams.[9]

The women's national football team participated at the 2013 Southeast Asian Games. The Philippine Olympic Committee decided only to send the women's national football team. The committee decided against sending their men counterpart to the games.[10] The Philippines failed to get past the Group Stage losing against all three nations grouped with the country.[11]

In February 2015, it was reported that PFF General Secretary Ed Gastanes said that the head coach position for the women's national team is vacant. The previous holder of the post, Ernie Nierras was not an A license coach meaning he was not able to continue his coaching stint. Nierras led the team in his last competitive match as coach in 2013.[12] The PFF announced in April 2015 that Bautista was appointed as head coach and was tasked to first lead the team at the 2015 AFF Women's Championship.[13] Bautista is also the first female coach of the national team.[14][15] The national team failed to get past the group stage of the 2015 AFF Women's Championship only winning a game against Malaysia and losing the other two matches.

2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup[edit]

A fan waves the Philippine flag as support for the national team playing against Jordan in the Asian Cup
Jordan v. Philippines; 2018 AFC Asian Cup

The Philippines made their first appearance at the AFC Women's Asian Cup in 2018 since the qualification phase for the continental tournament was introduced. The national team secured qualification by finishing second in their group behind Jordan, the 2018 final tournament hosts in the qualifiers.

As part of their preparations for the continental cup, the Philippine Football Federation launched the "Project Jordan" task force to help the team qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The PFF secured major sponsorship and hired United States-based English coach, Richard Boon; an identification camp was held in the United States participated by national team players and prospects.[16] A three month training camp in the United States was later set up in late December 2017.[17] In March 2018, Boon was replaced by French coach Rabah Benlarbi[18] as the national team held a camp at the PFF National Training Centre in Philippines.[19] Before participating in the Jordan to compete in the Asian Cup the national team will hold their last camp in Japan from 20 to 27 March 2018.[20]

2019 onwards[edit]

The Philippines attained its highest FIFA ranking in July 2019 at 67th place. They were also the best improved team moving up 7 places from the previous rankings.[21]


Since October 2015, the home stadium of the national team is the Biñan Football Stadium in Biñan, Laguna.[22]

Competitive records[edit]

World Cup[edit]

The Philippines has never qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup. It didn't attempt to qualify for the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991 with its non participation at the 1991 AFC Women's Championship which also served as the Asian qualifiers of the World Cup. The national team first attempted to qualify for the succeeding editions of the tournament from 1995 except for the 2011 edition.

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.


The Philippines entered a qualification tournament for the Olympics. At the first two editions of the Olympics where women's football was played, the standings at the preceding FIFA Women's World Cup was used. With the country not being able to qualify for the final tournament of the 1995 and 1999 FIFA Women's World Cups the country was not able to qualify for the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

AFC Asian Cup[edit]

AFF Championship[edit]

The Philippines participated in all editions of the tournament, except in 2006, when the women's national team did not enter. In 2019, the team advanced to the semifinals for the first time in history, finishing in 4th place. Prior to 2019, the team has never managed to get past the Group Stage of the AFF Championship.

SEA Games record[edit]

At the 1985 Southeast Asian Games, where women's football was first contested in the regional tournament, the Philippines finished third place. However, there were only three participants of the tournament with the Philippines losing its only two games against Singapore and Thailand. The national team has never managed to get past the Group Stage at the succeeding editions of the tournament which contested women's football and did not participate at the 2009 edition.

Minor tournaments[edit]

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Results and fixtures[edit]


Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were named in the squad for the 2019 AFF Women's Championship on August 15–27, 2019.[27]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Inna Palacios (1994-02-08) February 8, 1994 (age 25) Philippines Green Archers United
2 1GK Stacey Cavill (1994-11-20) November 20, 1994 (age 24) Australia Perth Glory
29 1GK Mari Caparros Philippines Hiraya

3 2DF Mary Lam (1997-09-10) September 10, 1997 (age 22) Philippines Far Eastern University
4 2DF Claire Lim (1996-10-24) October 24, 1996 (age 22) United States UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs
5 2DF Hali Long (1995-01-21) January 21, 1995 (age 24) Philippines Green Archers United
8 2DF Alesa Dolino (1992-10-26) October 26, 1992 (age 26) Philippines OutKast
11 2DF Patrice Impelido (c) (1987-10-09) October 9, 1987 (age 32) Philippines Hiraya
14 2DF Mea Bernal (1989-11-24) November 24, 1989 (age 29) Philippines OutKast
16 2DF Tara Shelton (2001-06-26) June 26, 2001 (age 18) United States Holy Names Academy
17 2DF Calah Simarago (1996-10-09) October 9, 1996 (age 23) Unattached
22 2DF Chelo Hodges Philippines De La Salle University

7 3MF Camille Rodriguez (1994-12-27) December 27, 1994 (age 24) Philippines Hiraya
9 3MF Irish Navaja (1997-05-12) May 12, 1997 (age 22) Philippines De La Salle University
12 3MF Sara Castañeda (1996-12-05) December 5, 1996 (age 22) Philippines De La Salle University
15 3MF Kyla Inquig (1997-01-24) January 24, 1997 (age 22) Philippines Green Archers United
19 3MF Charisa Lemoran (1998-09-21) September 21, 1998 (age 21) Philippines University of Santo Tomas
21 3MF Rocelle Mendaño (2000-05-19) May 19, 2000 (age 19) Philippines De La Salle University
23 3MF Hazel Lustan (1998-01-11) January 11, 1998 (age 21) Philippines University of Santo Tomas
25 3MF Dionesa Tolentin Philippines Far Eastern University
26 3MF Eloiza Fagsao (1997-08-07) August 7, 1997 (age 22) Philippines University of the Philippines

10 4FW Quinley Quezada (1997-04-07) April 7, 1997 (age 22) United States UC Riverside Highlanders
20 4FW Alisha del Campo (1999-09-20) September 20, 1999 (age 20) Philippines Green Archers United

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the Philippines within the past 12 months.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1GK Kearra Bastes-Jones (2001-05-29) May 29, 2001 (age 18) United States Crescenta Valley
1GK Hazel Arce (1997-08-15) August 15, 1997 (age 22) Philippines Far Eastern University
1GK Nicole Reyes Philippines University of Santo Tomas
1GK Kimberly Pariña (1998-09-07) September 7, 1998 (age 21) Philippines Far Eastern University
1GK Faith Ruetas (2001-07-03) July 3, 2001 (age 18) Canada St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School

2DF Joanna Almeda (1999-09-24) September 24, 1999 (age 20) Philippines Green Archers United
2DF Analou Amita (1993-05-09) May 9, 1993 (age 26) Philippines OutKast
2DF Chalise Baysa (1980-12-30) December 30, 1980 (age 38) United States Olympic Soccer Academy
2DF Morgan Brown (1995-10-20)20 October 1995 (aged 22) Unattached
2DF Mary Duran (1997-03-28) March 28, 1997 (age 22) Philippines De La Salle University
2DF Sofia Harrison (1999-02-16) February 16, 1999 (age 20) United States Slippery Rock University
2DF Cristina Montelibano Philippines De La Salle University
2DF Hannah Pachejo (1997-04-17) April 17, 1997 (age 22) Philippines Far Eastern University
2DF Patricia Tomanon (1994-04-10) April 10, 1994 (age 25) Unattached

3MF Tahnai Annis (1989-06-20) June 20, 1989 (age 30) Unattached
3MF Sarina Bolden (1996-06-30) June 30, 1996 (age 23) Sweden Sandvikens IF
3MF Ryley Bugay (1996-01-23) January 23, 1996 (age 23) Germany 1. FC Saarbrücken
3MF Anicka Castañeda (1999-12-15) December 15, 1999 (age 19) Philippines Green Archers United
3MF Krystal de Ramos (1997-03-16) March 16, 1997 (age 22) United States Portland State Vikings
3MF Loreta Ladero (1988-09-23) September 23, 1988 (age 31) Philippines OutKast
3MF Jessica Miclat (1998-10-08) October 8, 1998 (age 21) United States UC Irvine Anteaters
3MF Hanna Parado (1996-01-30) January 30, 1996 (age 23) Unattached
3MF Marisa Park (1991-08-25) August 25, 1991 (age 28) Unattached
3MF Joyce Semacio (2000-01-29) January 29, 2000 (age 19) Philippines Philippine College of Technology
3MF Jovelle Sudaria (1996-11-11) November 11, 1996 (age 22) Philippines Far Eastern University

4FW Kyrhen Dimaandal (1996-10-16) October 16, 1996 (age 23) Philippines De La Salle University
4FW Caitlyn Kreutz (1997-01-28) January 28, 1997 (age 22) Argentina River Plate
4FW Leah Larot (1989-08-26) August 26, 1989 (age 30) Unattached
4FW Eva Madarang (1997-09-13) September 13, 1997 (age 22) England Doncaster Rovers Belles
4FW Jesse Shugg (1992-05-02) May 2, 1992 (age 27) Unattached

Previous squads[edit]

Previous squads of the Philippines
Tournament Edition
AFC Women's Asian Cup
AFF Women's Championship
Southeast Asian Games



  1. ^ Smit was born as an Indonesia citizen, he became a naturalized Filipino citizen in 2016.[30]
  2. ^ English coach[32] based in the United States that oversaw the Philippine national team's training camp in the United States.[33] The national team has never played an official FIFA match under Boon's watch.

See also[edit]


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