Philippines women's national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Malditas
Association Philippine Football Federation
Sub-confederation AFF (Southeast Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Buda Bautista
Home stadium Biñan Football Stadium
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 83 Steady (25 September 2015)
Highest 75 (July 2003, December 2009, August 2013, December 2013)
Lowest 133 (September 2011)
First international
 Hong Kong 2–0 Philippines Philippines
(Hong Kong; 2 June 1981)
Women's Asian Cup
Appearances 8 (First in 1981)
Best result 5th (1983)

The Philippine 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.


Early years[edit]

The Philippine women's national football team was formally organized after the Philippine Ladies' Football Association was established in 1980 by Cristine Ramos. The Philippines managed to make its first podium finish in a tournament when it won bronze at the 1985 Southeast Asian Games.[1] 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.[2] He was head coach of the national team until 2007, guiding the team for the last time at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games[3][4]


The Philippine women’s national football team after their match against Bangladesh on May 25, 2013 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

The Philippine national team participated at the 2011 AFF Women's Championship in Laos from October 16–25, after being inactive for the last 21 months.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9] The Philippines failed to get past the Group Stage losing against all three nations grouped with the country.[10]

Following the Southeast Asian Games campaign, allegations that coach Ernie Nierres used stolen credit cards in booking tickets of the US-based players either for flights to the Philippines or back to the United States, prompted the concerned players buying their own ticket due to their ticket being voided for not being authorized.[11][12] Nierras, denied the accusation, and insists that a travel agency and not him was responsible for booking the tickets.[13] In 2014 the national team didn't played a competitive match.

In February 2015, it was reported that PFF General Secretary Ed Gastanes said that the women's national team currently doesn't have a head coach. Previous Ernie Nierras was not an A license coach meaning he was not able to continue his coaching stint, leading the team in his last competitive match as coach in 2013. The PFF considered Marnelli Dimzon and Buda Bautista to take the job as head coach of the women's national team[14] 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.[15] Bautista is also the first female coach of the national team.[16][17] 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.


Since October 2015, the home stadium of the national team is the Biñan Football Stadium in Biñan, Laguna.[18]

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 women's national team has never managed to get past the Group Stage of the AFF Championship and did not enter the 2006 tournament. The Philippines participated in all other editions of the tournament.

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]

Recent squad[edit]

Match dates: March 1–6, 2015
Opposition: Malaysia, Myanmar, and Vietnam
Competition: 2015 AFF Women's Championship[17][23]

No. Pos. Player Date of Birth (age) Club
1 1GK Inna Palacios (c) (1994-11-09) November 9, 1994 (age 21) Philippines De La Salle Lady Booters
13 1GK Hanna Maiya Ibarra (1989-06-13) June 13, 1989 (age 26) Philippines Green Archers United
6 2DF Pearl Aguilar (1994-05-02) May 2, 1994 (age 21) Philippines UST Lady Booters
10 2DF Alesa Dolino (1992-10-26) October 26, 1992 (age 23) Philippines FEU Lady Tamaraws
12 2DF Analou Amita (1993-05-09) May 9, 1993 (age 22) Philippines FEU Lady Tamaraws
17 2DF Natasha Alquiros (1991-01-17) January 17, 1991 (age 25) Philippines Green Archers United
27 2DF Rachelle Labajo (1994-10-27) October 27, 1994 (age 21) Philippines DLSZ Junior Booters
2 3MF Raylene Larot (1991-05-04) May 4, 1991 (age 24) United States Sacramento State Athletics
3 3MF Marice Magdolot (1993-07-31) July 31, 1993 (age 22) Philippines UST Lady Booters
5 3MF Jennizel Cabalan (1994-09-06) September 6, 1994 (age 21) Philippines UST Lady Booters
7 3MF Jean Kadil (1996-03-08) March 8, 1996 (age 19) Philippines FEU Lady Tamaraws
8 3MF Antonnete Amoncio (1995-11-29) November 29, 1995 (age 20) Philippines Ateneo Lady Booters
11 3MF Sharmine Siaotong (1994-11-09) November 9, 1994 (age 21) Philippines FEU Lady Tamaraws
15 3MF Hanna Parado (1996-01-30) January 30, 1996 (age 20) United States North Florida Ospreys
19 3MF Sara Castañeda (1996-12-05) December 5, 1996 (age 19) Philippines DLSZ Junior Booters
20 3MF Marie Navea-Huff (1993-05-28) May 28, 1993 (age 22) Philippines UP Lady Maroons
26 3MF Aisa Mondero (1989-10-26) October 26, 1989 (age 26) Philippines Sikat
4 4FW Marianne Narciso (1991-08-08) August 8, 1991 (age 24) Philippines UST Lady Booters
9 4FW Jesse Shugg (1992-05-02) May 2, 1992 (age 23) Unattached
16 4FW Mary Rose Obra (1995-08-15) August 15, 1995 (age 20) Philippines UP Lady Maroons
23 4FW Joana Houplin (1990-02-12) February 12, 1990 (age 25) United States Seattle Sounders Women


Current coaching staff[24]
Position Name
Head Coach Philippines Buda Bautista
Assistant Coaches Philippines Let Dimzon
Philippines Patrice Impelido
Philippines Christopher Pedimonte
Goalkeeping Coach Philippines Anthony Albao

Previous coaches[edit]

See also[edit]


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