Pinays against World Cup related teams in a pocket tournament

FANS will have the opportunity to see the Philippine team against other teams en route to the Women’s World Cup if the plans materialize.

The Philippine Football Federation has said it is considering hosting a four-nation tournament here in the country for the Philippines as part of their preparations for the world tie in Australia and New Zealand.

PFF President Mariano “Nonong” Araneta said talks had already started on the pocket tournament right after the Philippines captured the 2022 AFF Women’s Championship, where more than 8,000 people watched the tournament. team beat Thailand, 3-0, for the title.

“We talk about it after the game. Ang plano namin kasi is before going to the World Cup, we are planning to hold a four-nation tournament here,” Araneta said at the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday.

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Alen Stajcic plans tune-up matches against teams from North and South America and Europe.

Araneta said the PFF is considering staging the event on a natural grass pitch as this will be the playing surface for the World Cup. They are looking to stage the event at either the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan or the New Clark City Stadium in Capas, Tarlac.

Araneta also said they will invite teams that won’t be in the Philippines squad at the World Cup.

“We are considering a natural grass pitch because we will be playing on natural grass in Australia and New Zealand,” Araneta said. “We might invite some World Cup qualified teams to play here who are not in our squad in the draw.”

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“But we are looking at hopefully Bulacan which is natural grass and Clark which is also a natural grass pitch. It will be a four-nation tournament. We are still planning this tournament,” Araneta said.

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Head coach Alen Stajcic has already drawn up plans for the Philippines after the success of the AFF tournament, which is still part of the preparation for the World Cup.

Stajcic said the team intends to play in all of the remaining 2022 Fifa international match schedules from August 29-September 6, October 3-11 and November 7-15.

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