The national women’s team has started its training camp in the United States as part of its buildup for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup set Jan. 2022 in India.
Newly-appointed coach Alen Stajcic is presiding the camp as the Pinay booters hope to make a strong impression in the continental competitions which also serves as a qualifier for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Also part of the camp is Stajcic’s long-time assistant Nahuel Arrarte.
Stajcic was hired last month, shortly after the Philippines advanced to the Asian Cup to the qualifying phase held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan under veteran coach Marlon Maro.
Five World Cup slots are at stake in the Asian Cup, with the manner of how they’ll be allotted will depend on the performance of Australia.
Australia is assured of a World Cup berth as co-host along with New Zealand.
Two berths will also be given for the inter-confederation playoffs.
The Philippines was drawn in Group B together with Australia, Thailand and Indonesia, needing a top two finish or becoming one of the two best third-placers in order to reach the quarterfinals.
Also taking part are host India, China, Taiwan and Iran in Group A and defending champion Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Myanmar.