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After confirming two friendly matches against Costa Rica for the following month, the Philippine women’s national football team will have its last opportunity to get a favorable draw for the 2023 Fifa (International Federation of Association Football) Women’s World Cup. The tournament will take place in France.
On October 7 and 11, the Filipina national women’s soccer team will travel to the nation of Central America to take on the Las Ticas, who are now placed 37th in the most recent women’s world rankings and have also qualified for the Fifa showcase competition in the following year.
After the Philippines’ victory in the Asean Football Federation Women’s Championship in July, talk quickly turned to possible matchups against Costa Rica. However, it wasn’t until Tuesday that the Philippines and Costa Rica were officially scheduled to play one other.
“Construct while you learn.” Filipinas
“What is crucial for us is to learn and build on these experiences, which will be a significant factor in our World Cup campaign next year,” said Filipinas coach Alen Stajcic. “These experiences will be a huge factor in our World Cup campaign.”
Stajcic has been emphasizing the importance of the Filipinas competing against teams ranked higher than them in the Fifa standings in order to evaluate their level of play in preparation for the World Cup.
They most recently competed against No. 22 New Zealand in a friendly that was played in California. Despite taking the lead into halftime thanks to Sarina Bolden’s first goal, they ended up losing by a score of 2-1.
The president of the Philippine Football Federation, Nonong Araneta, explained earlier that the Filipinas will need to climb eight spots higher in order to be put in a higher pot number. This will allow them to avoid the terrifying possibility of having to play against teams with a higher level of talent.
On Sunday, October 13, which is two days after the second friendly, there will be an update to the rankings. The draw for the World Cup will take place on October 23.
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