First Filipina All-Women Football Team Clinches World Cup Spot For 2023

February 14, 2022

by Arbe Jay Polancos

The Malditas (Feisty Ladies), as they are called, have brought glory, honor, and pride to the Philippines as they secured the first-ever Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Male or Female World Cup Division Qualification which is set for 2023.  On January 31, 2022, the All Filipina Football Team made headlines as they defeated the Chinese Taipei (Mulan) team. The game was held at Pune, India for the 2022 American Football Conference (AFC) Asian Cup.

Quinley Quezada, Sarina Bolden, and Olivia McDaniel all held their end of the contribution for the success of the match in a 4-3 advantage over the Chinese-Taipei team.

In spite of this, the Filipina team was criticized by their fans as to their Filipino-ness. Some are saying that they are not Filipino enough considering the number of players with foreign blood in their roster.  While there are pure bred Filipinos and some half American and half Filipino in the team, including the coaches, their ethnicity and origin does not mean that they do not represent the Philippines with all their hearts as they are naturalized players by choice. Team head coach Alen Stajcic responded to the countrymen critics with disgust as to their behaviour towards the team saying that the way they train and exude that passion for the sake of representing the country is sufficient grounds for them to be Filipino enough as they have exceeded limits for the privilege of representing the Philippines.

The 2022 Philippine Football (Malditas) All- Women team roster are as follows:

POSITION NUMBER NAME
Goal Keeper 1 Inna Palacios
Goal Keeper 22 Kiara Fontanilla
Goal Keeper 23 Olivia McDaniel
Defender 2 Malea Cesar
Defender 3 Dominique Randle
Defender 4 Tara Shelton
Defender 5 Hali Long
Defender 13 Morgan Brown
Defender 14 Isabella Flanigan
Defender 16 Sofia Harrison
Defender 19 Eva Madarang
Midfielder 6 Tahnai Annis (Captain)
Midfielder 7 Camille Rodriguez
Midfielder 9 Jessica Miclat
Midfielder 10 Ryley Bugay
Midfielder 11 Anicka Castañeda
Midfielder 12 Sara Castañeda
Midfielder 17 Keanne Alamo
Midfielder 21 Katrina Guilou
Forward 8 Chandler McDaniel
Forward 15 Carleigh Frilles
Forward 18 Sarina Bolden
Forward 20 Quinley Quezada

*Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines_women%27s_national_football_team#Current_squad

 

As of the time of this writing, February 03, 2022, the Malditas are set to have a match with the Korean team (Taegeuk Ladies). After advancing from their last victory over the Mulans, in the same Asian Cup, they are bound to fight for the semi-finals match at the Shree Shivv Chattrapati Sports Complex in Pune, India.

In a hard fought match, the Malditas conceded defeat as the Korean team scored 2-0 in the semifinals. The Koreans will then face either Japan or China for the championships. This is not entirely a bad news since the Malditas have already clinched a spot for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. This is a first for the Philippines.

In 2023, the World Cup will be held in Sydney, Australia after several deliberations as to the other venues including Christchurch in New Zealand and others in the Southern hemisphere.