The Philippines will make their debut in the Women’s World Cup on Sunday (Nov. 21). All eyes will be on the Philippines to earn their first win in history.
The Philippines, ranked 46th in women’s soccer, will take on Switzerland, ranked 20th in the world, at 2 p.m. today at Dunedin Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, in the first match of Group A at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023.
This will be the first time the Philippines will be playing in the Women’s World Cup. The Philippines qualified for the Women’s World Cup for the first time in its history after defeating Chinese Taipei on penalties in the quarterfinals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup last year.
The Philippines will be led by Australian coach Alan Staichich. Stojicic led Australia to the quarterfinals of the 2015 Women’s World Cup and the round of 16 at the 2019 tournament before being sacked and has been in charge of the Philippines since October 2021.
The Philippines is led by captain Tanai Anis, midfielder Sarina Bolden, forward Isabella Flanigan, defender Harley Long, and goalkeeper Olivia Davis-McDaniel.
Their opponents, Switzerland, are no slouches. Appearing in the tournament for only the second time in eight years after 2015, the Swiss have won eight of their 10 European qualifying matches. After finishing second in their group, two points behind Italy, the Swiss advanced with a 2-1 overtime win over Wales in the playoffs. 안전놀이터
The Swiss team is led by Ramona Bachmann, a forward who plays for Paris Saint-Germain. Bachmann boasts 57 goals in 131 international matches. Anamaria Tsrnogorčević is also a key player for Switzerland.
On the same day, Canada and Nigeria will face off at 11:30 a.m. and Spain and Costa Rica will face off at 4:30 p.m. in Group B, respectively.