For the first time in history, Filipinas, the Philippine Women's National Football Team qualified in the FIFA World Cup! The Filipinas defeated Chinese Taipei, 4-3, in a nerve-wrecking penalty shootout at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune, India to secure its spot in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023,
Goal-keeper Olivia McDaniel was celebrated as the hero that the Philippines needed in the penalty shootout, as she saved two spot kicks from Chinese Taipei that set up Sarina Bolden scoring the winner.
As part of Filipinas' preparation for the FIFA World Cup, it arrived in Sydney on April 3 to train and to play friendly games. The Australian Camp was arranged by its Head Coach, Alen Stajcic and Assistant Coach, Nahuel Arrarte who are both Sydney residents.
Everyone is invited to watch and cheer Filipinas in their first game after qualifying for the FIFA World Cup. This will be against Fiji Women's National Football Team on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Park Field 6, at 5:00 PM in Australian Eastern Standard Time (3pm Philippine Standard Time). Gates open at 4:00 PM (AEST) with Free Admission.
For the benefit of Filipinas' fans all over the world, the game will also be livestreamed on Filipinas FB page.
The next scheduled game will be again vs Fiji Women's National Football Team, on Monday, April 11 at 3pm, at the same venue, the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Park.
Arrangements are still being finalised to have friendly games vs Tonga Women's National Football Team on April 15, 18 and 21.
Filipinas will then compete in the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games which will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam from May 12 to 23, 2022.
Laban Filipinas, Para Sa Bayan.
An interview of Malea Cesar, Midfielder and youngest member of the team by Radio Tagumpay will be aired on Monday, April 11, 2022. Radio Tagumpay airs at 2-4pm and can be streamed via Homepage - Triple H 100.1 FM (triplehfm.com.au)
(Acknowledgements: Photos and flyers are from the Philippine Women's National Team FB page.)