After an absence of more than two years, high-profile international football action returns to the country on Monday as the 12th ASEAN Football Federation Women’s Championship kicks off at the heritage-rich Rizal Memorial Football Stadium and at two other sites.
It will be a big homecoming for the Philippines from the World Cup, bronze medalists from the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam, who will finally have the chance to play in front of local fans against Australia, the best classified, to inaugurate the action of group A. a trio of matches tomorrow.
Apart from the Australians, the Filipinos, who arrived last Tuesday after more than a week of training in Europe, are also supervised by Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.
Group B includes defending champions Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Timor Leste, whose matches begin on Tuesday, in the competition organized by the Philippine Football Federation.
“We welcome our Philippines Women’s National Team and other countries competing in the 12th AFF Women’s Championship. We look forward to exciting and thrilling action from our players in the spirit of fair play. sportsman,” said PFF president Mariano Araneta Jr.
“Let’s support all Filipinos by coming to watch and inspire them to play at Rizal Stadium in the coming days,” Araneta added, urging local fans to fill the arena.
“With the Philippines’ exploits in Vietnam’s recent SEA Games football competitions still fresh in our memories, local football fans will finally be able to cheer and cheer on their football heroines in the flesh,” added the PFF General Secretary. , Atti. Edwin Gastanes.
National team manager Jeff Cheng also called on all Filipinos to support the PH women’s team, saying, “This may be one of the rare occasions when we can see our Philippines perform in front of a local crowd. Let’s enjoy it while we can.
The AFF Women’s Championship is the 12th edition of the premier women’s regional tournament last held in 2019 in Chonburi, Thailand, won by Vietnam who crushed the host team 1-0 in the final .
The Philippines finished fourth in the competition after losing to Myanmar 3-0 in the third-place game and will be counting on the Filipino crowd to top that previous performance on their home turf.
Tickets for matches can be purchased online at all SM outlets nationwide and online at SMTickets.com.
All national team matches will be shown on cable provider Cignal TV from Monday, as well as on One Sports and One Sports plus.