PH football rises in FIFA rankings ahead of AFF Women’s Championship


The Philippines women’s soccer team earn their best ever FIFA rankings just weeks before the Philippines aim for another strong run in the AFF Women’s Championship

MANILA, Philippines – Following their historic run in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup last January, the Philippines Women’s Football Team received another well-deserved promotion to the latest FIFA Rankings as the Philippines moved up one spot to become the 53rd highest ranked team in the world. .

This is the team’s highest position as the Philippines have accumulated 1,455.22 points, a differential of +16.32 from their previous ranking. Filipino goalscorers, however, are still ranked 11th in Asia.

Korea, world number 10, leads the Asian teams with 1,940 points, while Australia, world number 12, and Japan, 13th, are just behind the Asian leaders with 1,912.74 and 1,910.67 points, respectively.

The Philippines are currently out of the country for a training camp in Europe as they prepare for the 2022 AFF Women’s Championship in July.

A total of 28 players have been called up to attend training camp and play in the three friendlies against Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina in June.

Olivia McDaniel, the penalty shootout heroine of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup quarter-finals, tops the list of goalkeepers, joined by Inna Palacios and Kiara Fontanilla.

The defense is made up of Maya Alcantara, Ryley Bugay, Isabella Flanigan, Catherine Graversen, Sofia Harrison, Hali Long, Eva Madarang, Chantelle Maniti, Dominique Randle and Tara Shelton.

Asian Cup 2022 captain Tahnai Annis leads the midfield group consisting of Anicka Castañeda, Malea Cesar, Jessika Cowart, Sara Eggesvik, Carleigh Frilles, Katrina Guillou, Kaya Hawkinson, Jessica Miclat, Camille Rodriguez and Jaclyn Sawicki.

The squad is rounded out by forwards Sarina Bolden, Alisha del Campo, Quinley Quezada and Alyssa Jane Ube.

Sara Castañeda, Chandler McDaniel, Morgan Brown and Keanne Alamo are the only Asian Cup 2022 players to miss the last call-up.

The Philippines will play their first friendly match on Sunday June 19 against the Republic of Ireland, world number 27.

A few games against 63rd-ranked Bosnia & Herzegovina will follow on June 23-26 as the Philippines look to wrap up their training sessions and prepare for the AFF Women’s Championship, which the Philippines will host for the first time. from July 4.

The Philippine scorers are grouped with Australia, Thailand (43), Malaysia (85), Indonesia (95) and Singapore (132) in Group A.

All of their group stage matches will take place at Biñan Football Stadium. – Rappler.com

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