Malditas conduct weeklong football camp in Lanao del Norte InterAKTV · Wednesday, May 9, 2012 · 4:55 pm
The Philippine national women’s football team are currently in Tubod, Lanao del Norte to conduct a weeklong football training camp for children at the Mindanao Civic Center.
The camp proper will run from May 10 to May 15 and will include more than 300 boys and girls aged 10-11 years old. Alternating sessions will be conducted by the Malditas on the pitch and in classrooms.
“We do this because we love the game, and we love to teach kids,” wrote Malditas coach Ernie Nierras in a Facebook post.
“If we are able to inspire just one child, the whole trip will be worth it.”
Local football coaches are also expected to attend the camp.
“I’m sure the coaches attending this activity will have the time of his/her coaching life,” said Nierras.
“They will not only get to meet the Malditas but also get to learn and contribute their knowledge.”
While in Lanao del Norte, the Malditas are also scheduled to continue their daily training sessions, as part of their buildup for various competitions.
Limpag: Malditas and the women’s game By Mike T. Limpag Fair Play Friday, September 21, 2012
THE Philippine national women's team, also known as the Malditas, closed out their campaign in the AFF Women's Championship with a morale-boosting 7-2 win over Singapore, after losing to Myanmar (3-0) and Vietnam (4-2).
Though the Philippines, ranked 85th in the world and 19th in Asia, finished third for the second straight edition, it was an improvement on its 2011 campaign, when it finished tied with Malaysia with one point but got third on goal difference. In 2009, it was a different story, as the team lost all three games and conceded 30 goals.
Based on records in the AFF's official website, this year was the best finish of the team. Though they also had three points in 2007, with its lone win also against Singapore, the team conceded 20 goals in three matches, while scoring three. This year, they allowed nine and scored nine.
On the domestic front, things are looking up for the women's game, too, as they now have a local league.
But aside from a league, one thing that could really boost the sport is if the high schools and colleges start offering the sport in their athletic programs. Right now, it's only the Manila schools that give scholarships to lady footballers.
There are plans to include girls’ football in the Palarong Pambansa and if that pushes through, that’s really going to be a huge boost for the sport. Girls football these days is only played in festivals, and if they’re lucky, in events organized by the local FAs.
A few years ago, the University of San Carlos established a first in Cebu by putting up a team and offering partial scholarships to female players. Sadly, without a tournament to play in, the team was disbanded after a few years, which also marked the time that the women's game here slowed.
Right now, more female players—from the school age to professionals to former players getting back—are playing. Football's growing popularity has also attracted a lot of new generation of players.
And I think the Malditas have given these eight, 10-year-olds a goal. Just as every boy these days seems to say, “I want to be in the Azkals,” a consistent positive showing by the Malditas in the international scene may push these new players to dream of joining the team one day.
Right now, the Malditas don’t enjoy the same support as the Azkals, but I think that will change. Heather Cooke, one of the Filipino-Foreigners in the team, even wrote that their uniform provider backed out at the last minute.
That reminds me of the time when the men’s team only had Accel, which provided for all national teams, as its outfitter. It was also that time when the Philippines ended its string of losses in the international game, made it to the top two of a qualifier for the first time, and started getting respect from its neighbors.
All of that was done under the radar, and only a few fans cared. And like what Heather and the rest of the Filipino-Foreigners in the Malditas are experiencing, guys like Chad Gould and Chris Greatwich, also had a culture-shock when they first trained with the team.
From 2004 to 2010, players, coaches, managers and PFF presidents came and went, but the team never wavered in its goal, eventually earning that marquee win against Vietnam.
I hope it won’t take them six years, but I believe—call it faith or instinct—that the Malditas will also have their Vietnam moment. And I hope it happens soon.
NON-UNIFORM UNIFORMS. By the way, the Malditas’ experience highlights a curious Philippine football fact—our national teams don’t have the same uniform provider.
I hope someday, we will just have one provider for all national teams so that our uniform will be, sort of, uniform. (www.cebufootball.blogspot.com)
The 2014 AFC Womens Cup - Qualification Draw was held earlier today and we're in Group B
Group B Thailand Iran Philippines Bangladesh
Games will start on May 2013.
Group A: Uzbekistan, Jordan, Lebanon and Kuwait. Group B: Thailand, IR Iran, Philippines and Bangladesh. Group C: Vietnam, Hong Kong, Kyrgyzstan and Bahrain. Group D: Myanmar, Chinese Taipei, Palestine and India.
Malditas drawn with tough Asian sides in Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers Karl Decena, InterAKTV · Monday, October 22, 2012 · 4:45 pm
The Philippine national women’s football team will face tough opposition in the qualifiers for the 2014 Asian Football Confederation Women’s Asian Cup.
In a draw conducted last Friday at Malacca, Malaysia, the Malditas were bracketed alongside Bangladesh and football powerhouses Thailand and Iran in Group B of the Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers in May next year.
The Malditas last saw action in the 2012 ASEAN Football Federation Women’s Championship last September where they finished third in their group but failed to advance to the next round. They are set to compete in the inaugural LA Viking Cup in California this November.
Meanwhile, Southeast Asian champion Vietnam was drawn alongside Hong Kong, Kyrgyzstan and Bahrain in Group C.
Myanmar, also a familiar foe of the Malditas, joins Chinese Taipei, Palestine and India in Group D.
Group A, meanwhile, features Uzbekistan and Middle East squads Jordan, Lebanon and Kuwait.
After a round-robin format of play, only the team with the best record from each group will advance to the 2014 Women’s Asian Cup, where China, South Korea, defending Asian champion Australia and reigning Women’s World Cup titlist Japan have already qualified after finishing in the top five of the 2010 edition of the tournament.
North Korea, the runners-up of the Women’s Asian Cup two years ago, has been banned from the competition after five of its players were implicated in a doping scandal in the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
The 2014 Women’s Asian Cup serves as the qualifiers for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Well players scouted by markilizer could go to California for tryouts since Malditas will go there Malditas to conduct first ever US training camp in November Karl Decena, InterAKTV · Wednesday, October 31, 2012 · 4:42 pm
In an effort to further strengthen the squad, the Philippine national women’s football team has organized its first ever training camp in the United States this November.
Malditas coach Ernie Nierras said that tryouts for Fil-foreign women footballers who could possibly join the national team is slated from November 14 to November 22.
“Yes it’s the first time. We’ve invited 40 plus potential women’s national team players,” Nierras said.
After the camp, the Filipinas will then compete in the inaugural LA Viking Cup in Fullerton, California from November 23 to December 2. The tournament will feature the national women’s football team of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as United States-based squads Los Angeles Vikings and California Cosmos, which will both parade top international and amateur players.
While the Malditas already have a number of Fil-foreign players, such as Fil-Americans Heather Cooke, Patrice Impelido and Ashley O’Connor, among others, they have had few opportunities to play against international squads unlike their male counterparts, the Azkals, who get the chance to play against various teams around the world.
Currently ranked 85th in the world, the Malditas last played in the 2012 ASEAN Football Federation Women’s Championship in September where they finished third in their group but failed to make it to the semifinals of the tournament.
To end POC and PSC's doubts about the women's football team, they must do an impressive performance in the AFF Women's Championship this September. For PSC and POC, winning the LA Vikings Cup is just nothing for them Malditas to train in US Published: July 20, 2013
The women’s national football team known as the Malditas will train the United States with its eye on a possible stint in the Myanmar Southeast Asian Games in December.
National women’s team coach Ernie Nierras will be in the US next month before heading to Myanmar in September for the AFF Women’s Championship.
In the group stage of the AFF tourney, the Malditas are bracketed with Laos, Indonesia and Asian powerhouse Japan.
The schedule comes even as their status, along with the men’s U-23 and futsal teams for Myanmar is still in limbo.
The Philippine Olympic Committee said it must first be convinced that the football teams can win a medal before giving the go signal on the SEA Games trip.
“We just have to keep doing what we have to do to convince (the POC) that we deserve to play in the SEA Games,” Nierras said.
The last time the Malditas saw action in the SEAG was during the 2007 Nakhon Ratchasima tilt where they failed to advance past the group stage.
The Malditas have improved substantially. They had a solid showing in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers where they barely missed a spot in the main tournament after placing second to Thailand in Group B.
The Malditas also made a significant rise in the FIFA rankings last June when they gained seven places and are now ranked No. 76 in the world.
“For whatever reason we don’t get to play in the SEA Games, we will stay with our earlier plans which include the staging of a quadrangular tournament here,” said Nierras. –Jonas Terrado