Philippines Women’s Team in Group A for the 2020 Olympic Qualifiers Round 1 Thursday, August 2, 2018
The Philippines was drawn with Chinese Taipei, Singapore, Tajikistan, and Mongolia in Group A following the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament 2020 Asian Qualifiers First Round draw held last Thursday, 2 August 2018 at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The first round of qualifiers saw 18 teams drawn into 2 groups of 5 teams and 2 groups of 4 teams. The qualifiers will be held from 4-13 November 2018.
The top two teams from each group, along with the two best third placed teams will advance to the second round of the qualifiers which will be held from 1-9 April 2019.
This will be the third tournament for the Women’s National Team this year after playing in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 last April and the AFF Women’s Championship 2018 last July.
“We like the Philippine Women’s National Team’s chances to advance to the next round of qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers,” said PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes. “Last April we saw the team go close to qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France, now the team will have another crack of qualifying to one of the biggest women football tournaments in the world, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”
The Qualifiers will be played over three rounds, with 18 teams participating in Round 1, while Vietnam and Uzbekistan received automatic qualification to Round 2 due to their ranking as the sixth and seventh highest Asian teams respectively.
Australia, DPR Korea, Korea Republic, China PR and Thailand have all qualified for the final round of the Qualifiers as Asia’s top five ranked teams (in descending order).
Reigning AFC Women's Asian Cup champions Japan have already qualified for the 2020 Olympics Finals as hosts and will not be taking part in the Asian Qualifiers.
In Round 1 of the Asian Qualifiers, Chinese Taipei were drawn with Philippines, Singapore, Tajikistan and first-time participants Mongolia in Group A.
Group B features Islamic Republic of Iran, who will be making their third appearance in the Qualifiers, Hong Kong and two-time WAFF Women’s Championship winners United Arab Emirates, as well as debutants Macau and Lebanon.
Myanmar reached Round 2 of the Qualifiers four years ago and will look to outdo their previous best as they go up against four-time SAFF Women’s Championship title holders India, Nepal and Bangladesh in Group C.
Jordan, who hosted the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, are grouped with Indonesia, Palestine and Maldives in Group D.
The five-team Group A and B are set to kick-off their Round 1 campaigns on November 4, with Group C and D action starting on November 8. The winners and runners-up of each group, along with the two best third-placed teams will advance to Round 2, scheduled for next April.
The 12 teams will then be divided into three groups of four teams, with the winners of each group progressing to Round 3, which is set for January or February 2020.
Round 3 of the Asian Qualifiers will have two groups of four teams, with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the two-leg Playoff in March 2020, and the two winners shall join Japan in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
02 November 2018 Philippines WNT Gears Up For 2020 Olympic Football Qualifiers
The Philippines Women’s National Team are all set to compete in the 2020 Olympic Football Tournament Asian Qualifiers Round 1 in Tajikistan. The Philippines is in Group A and will face Singapore, Tajikistan, Mongolia, and Chinese Taipei starting from 4 to 13 November 2018. All matches will be held at the Hisor Central Stadium in Hisor, Tajikistan. The qualifiers will be the third tournament that the Philippines WNT will take part this year after the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 last April and the AFF Women’s Championship 2018 in Palembang last July. The head coach is Marnelli Dimzon and will be assisted by coaches Gerald Orcullo and Melo Sabacan with Prescila Rubio as team trainer. The Team Manager is Jefferson Cheng while the team’s Head of Delegation is Ms. Lalaine Bautista, PFF Women’s Football Committee chairperson and general secretary of the Quezon-Batangas RFA. “The PFF wishes the Philippines Women’s National Team all the best for the 2020 Olympic Football Tournament Asian Qualifiers Round 1.” said PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes. “This is the second time that the team will travel to Tajikistan for a qualifier, and we hope that they perform well to advance to the second round.” 20 players were called up for the tournament. Majority of the players come from teams playing in the PFF Women’s League 2018 and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). The team left for Tajikistan last 1 November 2018. Players:
Inna Kristianne PALACIOS – Goalkeeper – Green Archers United FC Nicole Julliane REYES – Goalkeeper – University of Santo Tomas Ivy LOPEZ – Defender – University of Santo Tomas Hannah Faith PACHEJO – Defender – University of Santo Tomas Hali Moriah LONG – Defender – Green Archers United FC Analou AMITA – Defender – OutKast FC Kathleen Camille RODRIGUEZ – Midfielder – Hiraya FC Alesa DOLINO – Defender – OutKast FC Irish NAVAJA – Midfielder – De La Salle University Shelah Mae CADAG – Forward – University of Santo Tomas Hazel LUSTAN – Midfielder – University of Santo Tomas Sara Isobel CASTAÑEDA – Midfielder – De La Salle University Patricia TOMANON – Defender – Florida International University Mea BERNAL – Defender – OutKast FC Martie Cinelle BAUTISTA – Forward – Ateneo de Manila University Charisa Marie LEMORAN – Midfielder – University of Santo Tomas Kyla Jan INQUIG – Midfielder – Green Archers United FC Kimberly PARIÑA – Goalkeeper – Far Eastern University Patrice IMPELIDO – Midfielder – Hiraya FC Alisha Clare DEL CAMPO – Forward – De La Salle University
Fixtures: 4 November 2018 – Singapore vs Philippines Kick-off time: 1:00 PM Local time (4:00 PM Manila time) Hisor Central Stadium, Hisor Tajikistan 8 November 2018 – Philippines vs Tajikistan Kick-off time: 4:00 PM Local time (7:00 PM Manila time) Hisor Central Stadium, Hisor Tajikistan 11 November 2018 – Philippines vs Mongolia Kick-off time: 1:00 PM Local time (4:00 PM Manila time) Hisor Central Stadium, Hisor Tajikistan 13 November 2018 – Chinese Taipei vs Philippines Kick-off time: 1:00 PM Local time (4:00 PM Manila time) Hisor Central Stadium, Hisor Tajikistan pff.org.ph/2018/11/02/philippines-wnt-gears-up-for-2020-olympic-football-qualifiers/
It looks like the recently graduated US based player Hali Long has moved to the Philippines and is playing for Green Archers United. Only other US based player is Patricia Tomanon. The rest are from local universities and from the domestic Women's Football League.
The Philippine Women’s National Team opened their 2020 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Asian Qualifiers Round 1 campaign with a resounding 9-0 win over Singapore this Sunday 4 November 2018 at the Hisor Central Stadium in Hisor, Tajikistan.
University of Santo Tomas forward Shelah Mae Cadag marked her national team debut by netting a hat-trick. Cadag scored in the 3rd, 5th, and 43rd minutes.
Defender Hali Long (32’ and 59’) and midfielder Irish Navaja (52’ and 67’) fired two goals each while Alesa Dolino (27’) and Sara Castañeda (57’) completed the rout with a goal each.
The Philippines next face host Tajikistan on Thursday 8 November 2018 at the same venue.
Shela Mae Cadag scores thrice anew to power the Philippines past Mongolia
Mae Cadag is really having a hot tournament for the Philippine Women’s National Football Team.
The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigress fired in her second hat trick of the tournament to power the Filipinas towards a 5-1 victory over Mongolia at the Hisor Central Stadium in Hisor, Tajikistan, to clinch their third straight win in the first round of the 2020 AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Cadag struck past Mongolia’s starting goalkeeper Erdenebileg Tsendjav in the 8th, 15th, and 85th minutes of the match. Fellow UAAP forwards Camille Rodriguez and Kyla Inquig also got into the scoring act when they scored their first strikes in the competition in the 60th and 81st minutes respectively.
Midfielder Undrakh Ulziibayar was the Mongolians’ lone scorer today when she converted a penalty at the first half stoppage time at Filipina goalie Inna Palacios’ expense, to dent the Philippines’ performance.
The result leaves the Philippines in 2nd place of Group A with 9 points. As of this writing, the Filipinas are behind their Chinese Taipei counterparts only by goal difference, as the latter has scored four more goals than the former.
Let Dimzon’s ladies hope to clinch an outright berth to the next phase of the competition when they face fellow top team Chinese Taipei at 4:00 PM Philippine time, on November 13, 2018 at the same venue. A win for the Philippines in its last assignment guarantees a slot in the next round of qualifiers, which will be held around the first week of April in 2019, with the host country yet to be specified.
Malditas march on to round 2 of the Olympic qualifiers after smothering Mongolia
The Philippines progressed to the second round of Women's Olympic qualifiers with a match to spare following their 5-1 rout of Mongolia Sunday afternoon (evening Manila time) in Hisor, Tajikistan.
Following the withdrawal of UAE and Macau in Group B. the qualifying format was tweaked instantly with the top two sides in each group automatically qualified, with the two best third place finishers completing the cast for round two.
Despite the late change in format, Let Dimzon's Malditas showed no signs of slowing down in Group A play, with debutant Shelah Cadag notching her second hat-trick in three matches to set up Tuesday's tiff with Michelle Pao and Chinese Taipei for the group's top honors.
Cadag put the Filipinas ahead eight minutes into the match, and then added another one fifteen minutes later before being pegged back by an Undrakh Ulziibayar penalty deep into added time for a 2-1 halftime lead.
However, Camille Rodriguez resumed normal services at the hour mark, with Kyla Inquig netting her first full international strike in the 81st minute.
Cadag completed the hat-trick five minutes before full time to complete the rout.
Ming Fu: Si Fu Ming pala yung referee kahapon. Ngayon ko lang natandaan.
Nov 26, 2018 21:06:44 GMT 8
really: @pissed. What's the big deal with calling the national team as "Azkals" it doesn't come off as a club team for me. Its obviously the national team nickname; same as Gilas Pilipinas. Its not Azkals FC or Azkals United.
Nov 28, 2018 0:05:08 GMT 8
delver: I don't mind the national football team being called "Azkals". What I'm concerned about is how they always use the "Azkals" logo on their training kits/jackets and in promoting the games instead of the PFF crest.
Nov 28, 2018 9:14:16 GMT 8