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Eager, big-dreaming Filipinas set for World Cup grouping


Philippines vs Thailand in 31st SEA Games women's soccer. PWNT / Raymond Braganza

FILE – Philippines vs Thailand in the framework of 31st SEA Games women’s football. PWNT / Raymond Braganza

The prospect of the Philippines facing the likes of the US, UK and recent rivals New Zealand, Ireland and Costa Rica at next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup is causing a lot of excitement in the community. domestic soccer.

Philippine Football Federation (PFF) President Nonong Araneta speaks ahead of the draw of Fifa’s biggest women’s tournament to be held on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand.

But the national federation and the Filipinas understand that showing up isn’t enough, as the draw will be the first step to ensuring that a determined group of women’s players can compete with their legendary foe.

“We also have to dream big and put on a good show,” added Araneta as he entered the ceremony that began at 2:30 p.m. Manila time inside the Aotea Center.

Coach Alen Stajcic and coach Jefferson Cheng are expected to attend the proceedings, which will eventually give the former coach a clear view of how to map out his initial plan for Filipinas before the opening game on July 20.

PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes said: “We will definitely withdraw all stops to ensure that the team goes into the World Cup in the best possible preparation.

Placed in Group 4 along with the lowest-seeded teams and through to the inter-federal knockout round, Filipinas is guaranteed of facing at least two of the world’s best performers. .

Group 1 features a famous American squad that has won the last two tournaments and the British side a few months ago attended Euro 2022 in front of home fans at Wembley Stadium in London.

Others in the top group are Sweden, Germany, France and Spain while the hosts New Zealand and Australia have been placed in groups A and B.

Canada, the Netherlands, Brazil, Norway and Italy are in Group 2 along with former World Cup winners Japan, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup winners China and South Korea.

However, Stajcic’s team could not be seeded along with three compatriots from Asia, Australia and Vietnam, AFC members and Vietnam, which were placed in group 3, according to draw instructions.

The remaining teams in the Pot 3 zone are Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland, Colombia, Argentina, Costa Rica and Jamaica. Along with the Philippines in Group 4 are Nigeria, South Africa, Morocco, Zambia and 3 of the 10 teams in the aforementioned confederation knockout.

Portugal, Cameroon and Thailand are in Group A, Chile, Senegal and Haiti are in Group B while Group C has Chinese Taipei, Paraguay, Papua New Guinea and Panama.

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