Philippines women's national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Malditas
Association Philippine Football Federation
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation AFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coach Buda Bautista
Home stadium Biñan Football Stadium
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 68 Increase 1 (24 March 2017)
Highest 68 (March 2017)
Lowest 133 (September 2011)
First international
 Hong Kong 2–0 Philippines Philippines
(Hong Kong; 2 June 1981)
Biggest win
 Philippines 10–0 Guam 
(Manila, Philippines; 31 May 2001)
Biggest defeat
 China PR 21–0 Philippines Philippines
(Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; 24 September 1995)
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 away match against Bangladesh on May 25, 2013 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Fans of the Philippine national team 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 did not play 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: April 3-12, 2017
Opposition: United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Tajikistan, Bahrain, and Jordan
Competition: 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualification[citation needed]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Inna Palacios 8 February 1994 (aged 23) Philippines De La Salle University
22 1GK Hazel Arce Philippines Far Eastern University

2 2DF Claire Lim (1996-10-24)24 October 1996 (aged 20) United States UC Santa Cruz
3 2DF Alesa Dolino (1992-10-26)26 October 1992 (aged 24) Philippines OutKast
5 2DF Hali Long (1995-01-21)21 January 1995 (aged 22) United States University of Arkansas at Little Rock
13 2DF Patricia Tomanon (1994-04-10)10 April 1994 (aged 22) United States Florida International University
21 2DF Joanna Almeda Philippines De La Salle Zobel H.S.
27 2DF Zhyrelle Belluga Philippines Far Eastern University
28 2DF Mary Duran (1997-03-28)28 March 1997 (aged 20) Philippines De La Salle University

7 3MF Aira Agustin Philippines University of the Philippines
9 3MF Irish Navaja (1997-05-12)12 May 1997 (aged 19) Philippines De La Salle University
12 3MF Jovelle Sudaria Philippines Far Eastern University
14 3MF Nina Arrieta Philippines De La Salle University
15 3MF Hanna Parado (1996-01-30)30 January 1996 (aged 21) United States University of North Florida
24 3MF Patrice Impelido (1987-10-09)9 October 1987 (aged 29) Philippines Hiraya
29 3MF Anicka Castañeda Philippines De La Salle Zobel H.S.
34 3MF Sara Castañeda (1996-12-05)5 December 1996 (aged 20) Philippines De La Salle University

19 4FW Eva Madarang United States Moorpark College
25 3MF Alisha del Campo Philippines De La Salle Zobel H.S.


Current coaching staff[23]
Position Name
Team Manager Philippines Maria Lalaine Sarmiento
Head Coach Philippines Buda Bautista
Assistant Coaches Philippines Josephine Loren
Philippines Alfredo Rey Estacion
Philippines Merlie Acibar
Physiotherapist Philippines Isabel Sison
Goalkeeping Coach Philippines Jimmy Dimzon

Previous coaches[edit]


  1. ^ Smit was born as an Indonesia citizen, he became a naturalized Filipino citizen in 2016.[26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Trinidad, Recah (12 October 2001). "Concerned sports figure speaks up". Philippine Daily Inquirer. p. 26. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Trinidad, Recah (7 September 2001). "Malaysian Airline confirms it failed to upgrade VIPs". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cash-strapped Pinay booters ask for help". The Manila Times. 10 August 2005. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "'Friendlies' prepare RP girl booters for upcoming tourney". GMA News. 23 February 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Atencio, Peter (22 July 2011). "Fil-foreigners to try out for Philippine Women's National Football Team Malditas". Futbol PH. Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Decena, Karl (28 November 2012). "Malditas represent! Philippine national women's football team rules LA tournament". InterAKTV. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Decena, Karl (26 May 2013). "'Future is bright' for Malditas despite falling short of Women's Asian Cup". InterAKTV. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Decena, Karl (18 September 2013). "Malditas steamroll Laos, 7-2, to close ASEAN women's campaign". InterAKTV. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Malditas drawn with champs Vietnam in SEA Games". ABS-CBN News. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Malditas suffer 7-0 beatdown from Vietnam to kiss SEA Games medal hopes goodbye". InterAksyon. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  11. ^ Tupas, Cedelf (2 February 2014). "Stolen credit cards 'used for Malditas' US tickets'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Lina, Ceres (13 January 2014). "Azkals begin youth training at MOA, as concerns regarding new coach, Malditas, arise". GMA News. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Lina, Ceres (17 January 2014). "Malditas coach Ernie Nierras hits back at complaints regarding tickets for foreign-based players". GMA News. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Moore, Roy (19 February 2015). "How 'undervalued talents' can bring the Philippines to the World Cup". GMA News. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  15. ^ Leyba, Olmin (25 April 2015). "Fil-Am, Fil-Canadian to boost AFF bid". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  16. ^ Tamayao, Brian (24 April 2015). "Filipinas return to international football stage in AFF Women's Championship". Tiebreaker Times. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  17. ^ De Guzman, Icko (29 April 2015). "A Fresh Start: The Philippine Women's Team to Play in the AFF Women's Championship". Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  18. ^ Estrada, Kevin (30 October 2015). "PFF, Biñan sign MOU for new home of Malditas". Dugout Philippines. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  19. ^ Malditas claim LA Vikings Cup | Sports | GMA News Online
  20. ^ Malditas win LA Viking Cup
  21. ^ Max Congratulates the Malditas Philippines Women’s National Soccer Team – Powered by RiboCeine in Their Victory at the LA Viking Cup | Max Solutions
  22. ^ California Day 11,12,13 – LA Viking Cup Round Robin Wrap-up | Philippine WNT Training Camp Experience
  23. ^ Mia Mon (25 April 2015). "Philippine team for the AFF Women's Championship 2015". Women's Soccer United. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
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  25. ^ "Lady kickers goes to China". Manila Standard. 14 August 1988. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  26. ^ "Indon football coach gets Filipino citizenship". Manila Bulletin. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  27. ^ Tupas, Cedelf (9 October 2008). "Lady booters open bid vs Singapore". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 

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