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How a group of homegrown and foreign players is taking the Philippines national women’s football team from minnows to contenders

Nothing short of exceptional. That’s the assessment as the Philippines lifted its first major international football trophy as its World Cup-bound women’s team wrote another page in history for winning the 2022 AFF Women’s Championship on home soil.


Philippines head coach Alen Stajcic, who led the Matildas from 2014 to 2019, is ecstatic.

“The ground that the team keeps breaking, the history they keep making, just raising the bar of expectation and what we can achieve as a country. It’s just great to see football come to life,” he said.

Contested by the 11 South-east Asian nations and Australia’s under-23 team, the AFF Championship is the top football tournament organised by the ASEAN Football Federation.

Until now, teams from the Philippines has never won a medal in the tournament, but the women’s national team exceeded expectations with the country’s hosting.

The Filipinas…


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