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3:34 pm on 18 January 2023, Wednesday
Slated on February 15-21, the Pinatar Cup will be held in Murcia, Spain, and the Philippine women's football team will be up against the tough competition.
The team will compete against Wales, Scotland, and Ireland in preparation for the 2023 World Cup in New Zealand, and national coach Alan Stajcic will view them as the obvious underdogs.
The Philippines will be in Group A of the World Cup along with Switzerland, Norway, and tournament co-host New Zealand.
The 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Phnom Penh in May, as well as the Asian Football Confederation Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, are scheduled for the Filipinas.
From April 3 to 11, the Filipinas will compete in the first round of the Olympic qualifiers in Group E against Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Hong Kong.
In the 32nd SEA Games, there is a reasonable likelihood that the Philippines will play Vietnam, another World Cup participant.
Stajcic expects the group to reach its peak at the appropriate moment so they can compete in the World Cup.
“It’s going to be a huge year for us, so we’re building momentum before the World Cup,” Stajcic said.