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
The Philippines has gained some ground in the latest edition of the FIFA women’s rankings.
Since the last rankings were published last September, the Philippines moved up three spots to number 69 in the world, just behind Tunisia and in front of Morocco, despite not earning any points in between from playing international matches.
It is the highest rank that the Philippine women’s team has achieved to date. Its worst ranking was 128 in 2010, but has been steadily improving since. For the past two years, the Philippines has finished in 80th place by year’s end.
The movement also means that the Philippines has improved its regional rankings, going two places up to 14th best in Asia — sandwiched between Hong Kong and Bahrain — and one better in Southeast Asia — now in fourth place behind Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar.
The rise in the rankings can be explained as nine countries dropped out of the rankings due to “prolonged inactivity”, according to FIFA. This allowed other countries such as the Philippines to attain best-ever positions.
The next edition of rankings will be published in March.
Philippines set sights on new horizons (FIFA.com) 09 Feb 2017 Philippines women's national team
Football is currently enjoying a significant growth spurt across many parts of south-east Asia. The same is true of the Philippines. A sprawling nation comprised of thousands of islands in the western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines boasts a population of 100 million, making it one of the largest in the world. It is a country with enormous potential in the world game.
Change has come quickly to the men’s game in a relatively short space of time. The national team has made significant progress under firstly Michael Weiss and, more recently, Thomas Dooley, the former USA national team skipper. They have reached the AFF Championship (South-east Championship) semi-finals on three successive occasions in recent years, having never previously progressed beyond the group stage.
The Azkals, as they are affectionately known, were also just one match away from qualifying for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Meanwhile, at domestic level a new national league is just two months away, while local side Global FC recently became the first Philippines side to compete in the AFC Champions League.
While the same level of growth hasn’t yet been achieved in women’s football, there has been clear evolution. The new women’s league is already three months into its maiden season. Above all though, there is a realistic chance of reaching the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – qualification to the FIFA Women’s World Cup™.
Road to riches Last month’s draw for Asian Zone qualifying revealed the pathway towards France 2019. One ticket to the eight-nation AFC Women’s Asian Cup is available in a group that includes Philippines, Bahrain, Iraq, United Arab Emirates and Tajikistan. Jordan are also in the group for competition purposes, though they qualify automatically as hosts of the 2018 continental event. Of those eight teams competing next year, five will represent the world’s most populous continent in France.
Can the Philippines do it? One person who has a better oversight than most is Marielle Benitez. After 12 years in the national team, and having experienced the 2015 Women’s World Cup qualifiers, Benitez, who still plays in the national competition, is part of the pool of coaches assisting the senior national team and currently manages the U-15 national team. She also somehow manages to find time to tour locally and internationally with the Philippines National Folk Dance Company.
Famous names capable of promoting the cause of women’s football are thin on the ground in the Philippines, but former national team captain Benitez is very much an exception to the rule. She is a well-known TV host covering club and international football, and helps provide a much-needed public profile for a game that has traditionally been some way down the pecking order in terms of popularity.
“I have always believed that the women’s team has a better chance of reaching the World Cup first, ahead of the men’s team,” Benitez told FIFA.com. “The ball is round as they say, but there is always a chance of qualifying. A lot depends on preparation and the availability of players.”
Up to half of the national team are based in USA, which in itself provides challenges, but the new national league has, Benitez believes, provided a stronger platform for the national team.
“It is an exciting time, but you always want to achieve more and push for more improvement at grassroots and development at the top level, if we are to achieve that goal,” she said. “The women’s league has helped national team players keep their fitness at the right level. We also have a bigger pool of players to select from now.”
Building for success Thailand opened the door for south-east Asian nations at the last Women’s World Cup in Canada, proving that the gap between the traditional elite and rest is starting to narrow. And Benitez says that success for the national team would provide huge spin-offs for the game.
“It (success) is very important because we have seen that the success of the men’s national team has brought attention to football,” she said. “Development among the youth has grown and that has helped lift the standard in Philippines football. So the same thing can happen in women’s football. The general interest is there.
"We need more matches and that has now started with the new national league. It is important that the national team does well, as it provides an outlet for young girls and an opportunity to dream of representing their country.”
The signs among the youngest age groups are encouraging. Last year the Philippines finished second in the AFC U-14 Championship – where Benitez was the assistant coach - achieving a new high for the nation at continental level.
“The grassroots of women’s football here is very successful,” Benitez said. “The players from our first U-14 team are now in the older teams, and you can see already the level of quality improve. Individually, our players are very technical now. Tactically, the players are also smarter now. It is so exciting for me to see the growth of women’s football.”
Let Dimzon takes over as Women’s Football Team head coach
The Philippine Football Federation has appointed Marnelli “Let” Dimzon as the head coach of the Philippine women’s national football team ahead of the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next month.
Dimzon, 37, last handled girls youth teams for the PFF, most recently the U-16 team that competed in AFC Qualifiers last year, and most notably the historic U-14 team that won AFC Regional Championship silver in 2014. She also helms the Far Eastern University women’s football team which has won four UAAP titles under her watch.
“Mas malaki yung challenge para sa coach na hawakan yung senior team,” Dimzon said of the difference in handling the top women’s team that represents the country.
“Yung pressure kung iko-compare natin sa youth malaki pa rin chances natin dahil hindi pa nagkakalayoan ng level sa ibang bansa pero pagdating sa senior, dahil sa dami ng exposure ng iba tulad ng Thailand dun tayo naiiwan.”
Dimzon also pointed out that the current program for the women’s national team is still lacking compared to other nations that compete in regular international friendlies and have more extensive plans in terms of preparation for tournaments. Yet, she thinks that the team can manage for the time being with the current setup.
“With the quality of players that we have, kaya naman. Pero ang laging magiging question dun is yung experience at yung understanding ng players,” she cautioned.
According to the PFF, Dimzon recently attended a coaching seminar in China. The women’s coaching tutors course is the first of its kind offered by the Asian Football Confederation which aims to promote female coaches towards bigger and more influential roles in football.
Dimzon is grateful for the opportunity, and notes that the course will help her with her new role as the head coach of the senior women’s team.
“My responsibility is now greater, makakatulong yung course sa pag-improve ng coaching ko para sa SEA Games. Sa pag-organize, kung paano ipapasok ang training contents mo, kung paano yung pace at intensity sa training,” Dimzon shared.
The Philippines is set to compete against Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam—a strong field resulting from a reduced number of teams participating in the women’s football event. Dimzon aims to reach the top three in order for a podium finish to be likely.
The team has already been training for over a month with the remaining call-ups from overseas expected to join soon and Dimzon already likes what she sees.
“Sa ngayon medyo nasa-satisfy na lalo nang halos kumpleto na yung team. Medyo effective na rin yung attacking play. Kailangan nalang talaga ayusin yung build-up ng depensa kasi nagkakaroon pa sila ng confusion,” she added.
Should the games start today, Dimzon says that the team isn’t ready yet.
“Siguro mga nasa fifty o sixty percent palang. Sa fitness, kulang pa! Yun yung hinahabol namin ngayon kaya every week mayroon kaming conditioning training.”
Sholcoh Wombletootsy: If people has a fanbase, then sell their tickets like what Kaya FC did years ago, a season ticket. PFL clubs are living in a bubble. If passionate ang fanbases nila then why ang hakot? Di iyong attendances kasi libre ang panukat ng success. SHORT TERM LANG
May 25, 2017 20:21:36 GMT 8
Fagito: Tama ka Sholco. Dapat presyohan na ng mga teams ang mga tickets nila. Free tickets won't be sustainable in the long run.
May 25, 2017 22:08:57 GMT 8
anon: I missed the Ceres vs JDT 2nd leg, anyone knows a link to the full match? thanks...
Jun 2, 2017 17:00:09 GMT 8
cjeagle: Check the AFC Cup page for the full match.
Jun 5, 2017 8:00:57 GMT 8
goonerph: Will there be coverage of the Spratly Derby?
Jun 5, 2017 10:03:17 GMT 8
china vs. ph: https://t.co/zIrCoDt8Ov
Jun 7, 2017 15:18:10 GMT 8
m :P: If football in the Philippines is a rich man's sport, then we are the poorest nation in the world.
Jun 11, 2017 14:01:21 GMT 8
Anon85: Have any of you heard of "Fan-owned" or "Supporter-owned" clubs? There seem to be quite a number of them around the world, most especially in Europe. I'd like to know your thoughts on this. Would something like this work here in PH (PFL clubs, for example)
Jun 19, 2017 9:19:41 GMT 8
Anon85: Here's a link on the subject
Jun 19, 2017 9:20:19 GMT 8
Jun 19, 2017 9:20:34 GMT 8
Anon85: Hey everyone, I'd just like to ask if there is somewhere anyone can find Match Attendance Statistics for PFL games? Thanks!
Jun 26, 2017 9:35:44 GMT 8
Anon85: While we're at it, also a location where we can see the latest updated rosters for each of the PFL teams? Thanks again!
Jun 26, 2017 10:28:36 GMT 8
FAN: Football: Because basketball players are afraid of a little rain.
Jun 29, 2017 20:55:23 GMT 8
am imagine: any idea if any players from previous years coming down to help?
Jul 12, 2017 9:23:30 GMT 8
tabokanon: any news for our U15 in Thailand
Jul 13, 2017 11:16:34 GMT 8
Anon555: Got wiped out by Malaysia 2-0, Cambodia 4-0, Vietnam 7-0
Jul 16, 2017 23:33:57 GMT 8
Anon85: After which I believe they won 2-0 vs Timor Leste
Jul 18, 2017 18:30:25 GMT 8
Anon555: Read tondoboy's POST in The Philippine Azkals’ future is being built on youth regarding our U15s.
Jul 18, 2017 22:29:46 GMT 8
Anon555: Out of a field of 12 teams in the U15, the PI is in the 10th. position, ONLY Singapore and Timor-Leste were under.
Jul 21, 2017 4:48:02 GMT 8