Philippines national football team

The Philippines national football team (Filipino: Pambansang koponan ng futbol ng Pilipinas) represents the Philippines in international football, governed by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) and has been playing internationally since 1913.

Philippines
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Azkals[1] (lit.'Street dogs')
AssociationPhilippine Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachTom Saintfiet
CaptainNeil Etheridge
Most capsPhil Younghusband (108)
Top scorerPhil Younghusband (52)
Home stadiumRizal Memorial Stadium
FIFA codePHI
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 141 Decrease 2 (April 4, 2024)[2]
Highest111 (May 2018)
Lowest195 (September – October 2006)
First international
 Philippines 2–1 China 
(Manila, Philippines; February 4, 1913)
Biggest win
 Japan 2–15 Philippines 
(Tokyo, Japan; May 10, 1917)[3]
Biggest defeat
 Japan 15–0 Philippines 
(Tokyo, Japan; September 28, 1967)
Asian Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultGroup stage (2019)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2006)
Best resultRunners-up (2014)
AFF Championship
Appearances12 (first in 1996)
Best resultSemi-finals (2010, 2012, 2014, 2018)
Medal record

Prior to World War II, the Philippines had regularly competed with Japan and the Republic of China in the Far Eastern Championship Games. So far, the national team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup[5] and has qualified for the AFC Asian Cup only once, in 2019. They finished second at the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup after losing to Palestine in the final.[6]

Unlike most of Southeast Asia where football is the most popular sport, the Philippines' most popular sports are basketball and boxing, the result from the American rule. This drives away many football talents and contributes to the lack of success of football in the country. Often, the Philippines would participate in the AFF Championship and finish bottom.

However, since the 2010 AFF Championship, the country has attempted to develop football as part of the sport's renaissance, finding more incentives to increase football development and fan support.[7] It eventually led to the country's first major tournament participation in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.[8]

History edit

1910s–1940s: Early years edit

 
The national team squad at the 1930 Far Eastern Championship Games.

The Philippines participated in the Far Eastern Championship Games, which included football. The first edition was in 1913 and the last was in 1934. The games were the first regional football tournament for national teams outside the British Home Championship. The national team routinely faced Japan and China and at one edition the Dutch East Indies at the games. The Philippines won over China at the inaugural tournament with a scoreline of 2–1. During the 1917 edition, the national team achieved its biggest win in international football. Led by Filipino-Spanish icon Paulino Alcantara, the Philippines defeated Japan 15–2.[5][9][10]

After the dissolution of the Far Eastern Championship Games, the national squad participated in the 1940 East Asian Games organized to commemorate the 2600th anniversary of the foundation of the Empire of Japan by Emperor Jimmu. The team finished third behind champions Japan and second placers Manchukuo, and ahead of the Republic of China.[11][12]

1950s–1990s: Decline of football edit

In the 1950s the Philippines hosted friendlies with international-based sides, However, the national team experienced lack of funding and barely received any coverage from the media. During that time talents from the national team were drawn from the Manila Football League which received substantial support from the Chinese-Filipino community. The national team's decent performance at the 1958 Asian Games, hosted in Tokyo, where they defeated Japan 1–0, was labeled as an upset by the Japanese press.[13]

The years following 1958 saw the decline of Philippine football, as several key players resigned from the national team due to financial challenges for playing. National team players Ed Ocampo and Eduardo Pacheco switched to basketball, and went on playing for commercial basketball clubs where players are paid.[13] The Philippine Congress passed Republic Act 3135 that revised the charter of the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation, which had a provision, or a 60-40 rule, that mandated teams to not have more than 40 percent Chinese and other players with foreign blood.[14] Sponsors withdrew and leagues, which were mostly funded by the Chinese-Filipino community, started to decline. The 60–40 rule was lifted much later during the tenure of president Johnny Romualdez of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), after 1982 when the PFA had reorganized itself as the PFF.[13][15]

The national team suffered defeats with big margins at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta.[13] This includes the national team's record 15–1 defeat to Malaysia, which became the worst defeat of the national team at that time. The record was later broken by the 15–0 loss to Japan in 1967 at the qualifiers for the 1968 Summer Olympics. Foreigners were hired to serve as head coaches for the national team in an attempt to reduce big margin loses. Englishman Allan Rogers was hired following the record defeat to Malaysia, and Spaniard Juan Cutillas was likewise tasked to lead the national team following the record defeat to Japan.[16]

In the early sixties, the Philippine Football Association partnered with the San Miguel Corporation to seek foreign assistance to train local football players and coaches and to develop the sport in the country. These included Alan Rogers and Brian Birch, coaches from the United Kingdom. After the two were relieved, Danny McClellan and Graham Adams continued their task. In 1961, San Miguel, through the national football association, brought in four medical students from Spain who were experts in football — Francisco Escarte, Enrique dela Mata, Claudio Sanchez and Juan Cutillas. Escarte and dela Mata left the country after one year.[17]

In 1971, head coach Juan Cutillas recruited five foreign players to play for the national team: four Spaniards and one Chinese. The national team joined several international competitions such as the Merdeka Tournament, Jakarta Anniversary Tournament and the President Park Tournament. The team caused some upset results against the national teams of Thailand, Singapore and South Korea. The national team saw another decline after the four Spanish players left the team due to financial reasons and basketball gained more foothold over football in the country.[17]

The national team under German head coach Eckhard Krautzun finished fourth overall at the 1991 Southeast Asian Games, its best ever finish at the tournament. The Philippines dealt a 1–0 defeat to defending champions Malaysia at the tournament which knocked out the latter out of the tournament at just the group stage. Norman Fegidero scored the sole goal for the Philippines.[16][18][19]

2000s edit

In September 2006, the country fell to 195th on the FIFA World Rankings, its lowest ever.[20] By the end of the year, the Philippines moved back up to 171st overall, after a good run in the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship qualification.[21] They were able to win three games in a row, which was a first for the Philippines and thus qualifying for the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship.[22] Coach at that time Aris Caslib, aimed to reach the semifinals with two wins at the group stage.[23] The decision came despite Philippine Football Federation president Juan Miguel Romualdez stating that they would still be underdogs in the tournament and that they should not raise their expectations too high,[21] as the Philippines have only gotten their first ever win of the tournament during the 2004 edition.[24]

The Philippines eventually failed to reach their target, only getting a draw in three matches. Their poor performances led to Caslib's resignation,[25] as well as the refusal of the PFF to register and enter the qualification stages for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[26] They would be one of four nations, all from Southeast Asia, not to enter after a record number of entries.[27] However, it was revealed that the decision not to enter the 2010, as well as the 2006 World Cup qualification, was made during the PFF presidency of Rene Adad, whose term ended in 2003.[26] Instead, the PFF wanted to focus on domestic and regional competitions.[28]

The Philippines failed to qualify for any major competition in 2008. They missed out on the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup only on goal difference,[29] and the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup with an inferior goals scored record.[30]

Dan Palami, businessman and sports patron, was appointed as team manager of the national team in 2009 by the Philippine Football Federation. The national team still received minimal support from the government. Palami made financial investments into the team using his own personal money. Since taking responsibility over the national team, he envisioned a plan named Project 100, which aimed to make the team among the top 100 national teams in the world in terms of FIFA rankings. More foreign-born Filipinos were called up to play for the national squad.[31]

 
The national team (in blue) playing against North Korea (in red) at the Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang. The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match held on October 8, 2015, ended in a goalless draw

2010s: Era of renaissance edit

 
Players of the national team celebrating their first qualification ever for the AFC Asian Cup following their 2–1 win over Tajikistan on March 27, 2018

The Philippines's campaign at the 2010 AFF Championship under Simon McMenemy's tenure was a breakthrough. Holding a primal ticket as one of two teams along with Laos that had to qualify for the tournament, the Philippines advanced from the group stage for the first time, did not concede a single defeat, and their win against defending champions Vietnam in particular was considered one of the biggest upsets in the tournament's history.[32] The match, which would later be referred by local Filipino fans as the "Miracle of Hanoi", is also considered the match that started a football renaissance in the country where basketball is the more popular sport.[33][34] In the knockout stage, they had to play both their designated home and away games against Indonesia in Jakarta due to the unavailability of a stadium that passes AFF standards. The Philippines lost both games to end their campaign.

The following year, Michael Weiß became the head coach. The national team managed to qualify for the 2012 edition of the AFC Challenge Cup, the first time since qualifiers were introduced and also recorded their first ever victory in the FIFA World Cup qualification, beating Sri Lanka 4–0 in the second leg of the first preliminary round.[35] Kuwait finished the Philippines' World Cup qualification campaign after winning over them twice in the second round.

In 2012, the Philippines qualified for the semifinals of the AFC Challenge Cup for the first time winning over former champions India and Tajikistan, though they lost 2–1 against Turkmenistan in the semifinal.[36] In the third place-playoff the Philippines won 4–3 over Palestine.[37] The Philippines won the 2012 Philippine Peace Cup, a friendly tournament hosted at home, which was their first title since the 1913 Far Eastern Games. At the 2012 AFF Championship, the Philippines replicated their performance in 2010 by advancing to the semifinal. They lost to Singapore on aggregate by a single goal in the two-legged semifinal.

The Philippines reached the final of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. With a berth to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup on the line, the Philippines lost to Palestine 1–0 on May 30. The Philippines once again advanced from the group stage at the 2014 AFF Championship by winning over Indonesia, the first time since the 1934 Far Eastern Games,[38] and Laos despite their loss to Vietnam.[39] The Philippines faced Thailand in the two-legged semifinal, coming up with a goalless draw against their opponents at home in Manila but losing the away match at Bangkok.[40]

Thomas Dooley became the head coach of the national team. In October 2015 their 2–0 victory over Yemen in Doha, Qatar in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers was their first-ever World Cup qualifier victory away from home.[41] Their campaign to qualify for the FIFA World Cup ended in the second round though they advance to the third round of the Asian Cup qualifiers.

In late 2016 the Philippines jointly hosted the group stage of the AFF Championship with Myanmar though they fail to progress from the group stage like they did in the past three editions.

 
Philippines in their debut tournament at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Though the national team failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, they secured qualification for 2019 AFC Asian Cup after defeating Tajikistan, 2–1 at home in their final qualifier match. In May 2018, the national team reached 111th rank in the FIFA World Ranking making it the highest rank that the team has.[42][43]

The Philippines made its historic debut in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup with a 0–1 defeat to South Korea.[44] then a 0–3 loss to China[45] and was edged 1–3 by Kyrgyzstan, with Stephan Schröck scoring a historic goal for the Azkals in the tournament.[46]

2020s edit

Following a relatively successful debut in the Asian Cup, the Philippines began their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification where they were grouped together with Syria, China, Guam and the Maldives. In their opening game, the Azkals met Syria at home and took an early lead, only to see the Syrians managed an outstanding comeback and smashing the Azkals 5–2 in Bacolod.[47] Following the crushing home defeat, the Pinoys regained its pace with two away wins over Guam and the Maldives.[48][49] Between these matches, the Pinoys also hosted China at home where they acquired an encouraging goalless draw, after a splendid performance by the Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge which increased the team's chance. However, the Syrians once again blew the chance of the Filipinos, with the Syrians emerged with a 1–0 win over the Azkals.[50] When COVID-19 pandemic led the games to be postponed to 2021, the Philippines had to play in a centralised venue in Sharjah. The Filipinos then won Guam 3–0, but lost 0–2 to China thus did not manage to reach the 2022 FIFA World Cup, before ending the qualification with a 1–1 draw to the Maldives. Nonetheless, the third place in their group meant the Philippines qualified for the third round of 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.[51][52][53]

At the third round of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in Ulaanbaatar, the Philippines managed to draw with Yemen 0–0 and defeat the hosts Mongolia 1–0 through a last-minute goal by debutant Gerrit Holtmann but were defeated 4–0 by eventual group winners Palestine. Despite finishing second in Group B, in which the five best runner-up teams across all the groups qualify for the tournament, the Azkals failed to qualify for the 2023 Asian Cup after finishing as the worst runner-up.[54]

Long-time general manager, Dan Palami stepped down from his role in January 2024.[55][56]

On February 26, 2024, the Philippine Football Federation announced it will retire the Azkals moniker after two decades in part of the new management.

Team image edit

Supporters edit

 
Fans of the national team during a friendly against SV Darmstadt 98 in Germany.
June 24, 2011

Some fans have organized themselves to support the national team, one of them is the Ultras Filipinas, which formed in 2011.[57][58] The Kaholeros started out as a gathering of friends using Twitter calling for fans to watch games of the AFC Challenge Cup at the National Sports Grill in Greenbelt. The Ultras Filipinas was established when fans of Philippine Air Force F.C. and Ultras Kayas decided to form a support group for the national teams of the Philippines not necessarily just for the football team. The first outing of Ultras Filipinas was not for the national football team but for the national rugby union team. The two fan groups take alternative turns in cheering and chanting for the national team during games.[58]

Colors edit

Kit suppliers of the Philippine national team
Company Dates
  Puma 1996
  Adidas 1996–2006
  Mizuno 2008–2012
  LGR 2012
  Puma 2012–2015
  LGR 2015–2021
  Kelme 2021–2023
  Chronos

  Azkals Sportswear[note 1]

2023–2024
  Puma 2024–present

The traditional home kit is similar to the France national team; blue jersey, white shorts, and red socks.[59] However, in recent times, the home and away kit has either been all-blue, all-red or all-white, currently is the all-white as home jerseys.[60] The current kit supplier of the national team is German sportswear Puma. Adidas, as well as Japanese company Mizuno, has provided kits for the team in the past.

Puma was the official outfitter of the national team during the 1996 AFC Asian Cup qualification.[61] Later that year, Adidas assumed that role and outfitted the team that participated at the 1996 Tiger Cup.[62]

For three years from March 2008, Mizuno served as the official outfitter and equipment supplier of the team. It also helped the national federation in its grassroots development program.[63][64] On June 4, 2012, Puma supplanted Mizuno's role with the national team.[65]

Local firm LGR Sportswear became the official kit provider of the national team in 2015 and a new set of kits made by LGR were unveiled to the public on June 5, which was later used by the team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The home and away kits were white and blue respectively. Filipino weave design and the three stars and the sun are present at the back of the home and away kits. The goalkeeper's kit is black and has a yellow trim on the chest area and a weave pattern with the three stars and the sun and Azkals logo incorporated in the design, in front around the shoulder area. Adidas was also announced as the footwear sponsor of the team for the qualifiers.[66]

Spanish sportswear brand Kelme became the official kit provider of the national team in 2021.[67]

In June 2022, the team used Chronos Athletics-made kits when they competed in the third round of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in Mongolia. It was later explained that the Kelme kits they were supposed to wear, arrived late.

Following Kelme's deal with the Philippines expiring in January 2023, local sportswear brand Chronos Athletics finally became the Philippines' new kit supplier. In March 2023, following a TikTok video that went viral, presenting a concept shirt for the Philippines. The management then decided to acquire the design made by JerseyBird, a small US-based sportswear brand. Chronos Athletics remained as the kit supplier, with both sides agreed to retain the JerseyBird logo on the kits and to be distributed under a subsidiary brand, Azkals Sportswear.[68]

In the recent 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Iraq, the Philippines were seen wearing a new kit design supplied by Puma.

Names edit

Logo of Azkals Philippines
Crest
The monicker Azkals is only used in broadcasts and not used in an official capacity

Under the official FIFA Trigramme the team's name is abbreviated as PHI; this acronym is used by FIFA, the AFC and the AFF to identify the team in official competitions.[69] The team is also identified under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) country code for the Philippines as PHL.[70] However the team was more commonly known as the RP, the acronym for the country's official name, Republika ng Pilipinas,[69] which the local press used when they referred to the team as the "RP Booters"[71] or the "RP XI".[72] This was until late October 2010 when the Department of Foreign Affairs decided to change the official abbreviation of the country from "RP" to "PH" or "PHL", to be in line with ISO standards.[73] The local press have since referred to the team as either "PH/PHL Booters"[74][75] or "PH/PHL XI".[76][77]

They were also known as the "Tri–Stars," which was derived from the three stars on the Philippine flag, although this nickname was not frequently used.[78]

The national team is referred to as the "Azkals".[79] The name was coined when an online Philippine football community proposed the nickname Calle Azul (Spanish for Streets of Blue, referring to the color of their kit) which was modified to Azul Calle, shortened to AzCal, and finally became Azkal – a word that is similar to Filipino term Askal meaning street dog.[80] "Azkals" became a trending topic on Twitter during the semifinals of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup.[81] The name would be officially adopted by the PFF during the tenure of general team manager Dan Palami until 2023. Its discontinuation of its use by the federation was confirmed in February 2024.[82]

Home stadium edit

During the early years of the Philippine national team, they played their home matches at the Manila Carnival Grounds. By 1934 it became the site of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.[83] One of the facilities within the complex is the 12,000 capacity national stadium, known as the Rizal Memorial Track and Football Stadium or simply the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Since its opening, it has been the home venue of the Philippine national team until May 2015 when they declared the 25,000 seater and Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan as their new home. However, due to disappointing attendance numbers in PSS and RMS and an impressive crowd for Ceres–Negros F.C.'s run to the 2017 AFC Cup, the Philippine Football Federation decided to make Panaad Stadium the national team's home again for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.[84]

The RMS has also become a hub for track and field. The continued use for athletics along with poor maintenance has deteriorated the stadium and the 1991 Southeast Asian Games was the last time it was used for international football matches.vIn early 2009, the Philippine Sports Commission planned to transform it to a modern football stadium which would make it usable by the national team for international matches.[85]

The national team also held official international matches at the Cebu City Sports Center in Cebu City,[86] and at the Barotac Nuevo Plaza Field in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.[87]

Philippines national football team home stadiums
Image Stadium Capacity Location Last match
  Philippine Sports Stadium 20,000 Santa Maria, Bulacan v    Thailand
(25 November 2016; 2016 AFF Championship)
  Rizal Memorial Stadium 12,873 Manila v    Indonesia
(21 November 2023; 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification)
  Panaad Stadium 9,825 Bacolod v    China
(15 October 2019; 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification)
  Cebu City Sports Center 5,500 Cebu City v    Malaysia
(27 April 2014; Friendly)

Results and fixtures edit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2023 edit

March 28 Friendly Jordan   4–0   Philippines Al Wakrah, Qatar
21:30 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Saoud bin Abdulrahman Stadium
June 15 Friendly Philippines   1–0     Nepal Manila, Philippines
19:00 UTC+8 Gayoso   49' Stadium: Rizal Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 3,200
June 19 Friendly Philippines   2–3   Chinese Taipei Manila, Philippines
19:00 UTC+8
Stadium: Rizal Memorial Stadium
September 8 Friendly Chinese Taipei   1–1   Philippines Kaohsiung, Taiwan
19:00 UTC+8
  • Shao-Yu Pai   90+4'
Stadium: Kaohsiung National Stadium
Referee: Lê Vũ Linh (Vietnam)
September 12 Friendly Philippines   2–1   Afghanistan Manila, Philippines
19:00 UTC+8
Stadium: Rizal Memorial Stadium
October 15 Unofficial friendly Kyrgyzstan   0–1   Philippines Manama, Bahrain
10:00 UTC+3
Stadium: Al Ahli Stadium
October 17 Friendly Bahrain   1–0   Philippines Arad, Bahrain
19:00 UTC+3 Al-Khatal   16' Report Stadium: Al Muharraq Stadium
November 16 2026 World Cup qualification Philippines   0–2   Vietnam Manila, Philippines
Stadium: Rizal Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 10,378
November 21 2026 World Cup qualification Philippines   1–1   Indonesia Manila, Philippines
Stadium: Rizal Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 9,880

2024 edit

March 21 2026 World Cup qualification Iraq   1–0   Philippines Basra, Iraq
22:00 UTC+3 Ali   84' Report (AFC) Stadium: Basra International Stadium
Attendance: 63,750
Referee: Abdullah Jamali (Kuwait)
March 26 2026 World Cup qualification Philippines   0–5   Iraq Manila, Philippines
19:00 UTC+8 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Rizal Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 10,014
Referee: Nazmi Nasaruddin (Malaysia)

Personnel edit

Updated as of 26 February 2024

Current technical staff edit

Position Name
Head coach   Tom Saintfiet
Assistant coach   Norman Fegidero
Goalkeeping coach   Eduard Sacapaño
Physical coaches   Aristotle Andrey
  Riedoh Berdien
Analysts   Jani Sarajärvi
  Stephen Oonan
Physiotherapists   Tom Mertens
  Joppe Vermeulen
  Augustine Rivas
  Jamie Trespicio
Scouts   Robby Echelmeyer
  Alessandro Soli
  Victor Hermans
Doctor vacant

Management edit

Position Name
Team manager   Freddy Gonzalez
Team coordinator   Jose Mikkel Jethmal Paris
Kitmen   Joebert Reamon
  Alfe Sebuha
Travel manager   Allan Salvador
Travel coordinator   Arnel Jamito


Coaching history edit

 
Dionisio Calvo, one of the earliest head coach for the national team

One of the earlier head coaches of the national team was Dionisio Calvo. Foreign coaches of American, Argentinean, English, German, Scottish, Spanish, and Swedish nationality have managed the national team. Juan Cutillas has managed the team in at least four non-consecutive tenures (1969–1978, 1981–1984, 1996–2000 and 2008–09).

Thomas Dooley led the national team to its best finish in a tournament sanctioned by the Asian Football Confederation and FIFA by leading the team to second place at the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. The past three coaches, Simon McMenemy, Michael Weiß and Thomas Dooley, also made some strides at the regional level leading the team to the semifinals at the AFF Suzuki Cup (2010, 2012 and 2014 editions respectively), the top football tournament in Southeast Asia. Eckhard Krautzun also led the national team to the semifinals, its best finish at the 1991 Southeast Asian Games, before football became an under-23 tournament at said multi-sporting event.

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Players edit

Current squad edit

The following 28 players were called up for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against   Iraq on March 21 and 26, 2023.[117]

Caps and goals updated as of March 29, 2024; after the match against   Iraq.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Neil Etheridge (1990-02-07) February 7, 1990 (age 34) 80 0   Birmingham City
15 1GK Kevin Ray Mendoza (1994-09-29) September 29, 1994 (age 29) 7 0   Persib Bandung
16 1GK Patrick Deyto (1990-02-15) February 15, 1990 (age 34) 18 0   Chonburi

2 2DF Jesse Curran (1996-07-26) July 26, 1996 (age 27) 13 0   Ratchaburi
3 2DF Paul Tabinas (2002-07-05) July 5, 2002 (age 21) 3 0   Vukovar 1991
4 2DF Jefferson Tabinas (1998-08-07) August 7, 1998 (age 25) 14 0   Buriram United
5 2DF Simen Lyngbø (1998-02-18) February 18, 1998 (age 26) 6 0   Persik Kediri
12 2DF Amani Aguinaldo (1995-04-24) April 24, 1995 (age 28) 58 0   Trat
22 2DF Marco Casambre (1998-12-18) December 18, 1998 (age 25) 2 0   Kaya–Iloilo
23 2DF Christian Rontini (1999-07-20) July 20, 1999 (age 24) 11 1   Persita Tangerang
2DF Santiago Rublico (2005-08-18) August 18, 2005 (age 18) 7 0   Atlético Madrid

6 3MF Kevin Ingreso (1993-02-10) February 10, 1993 (age 31) 43 4   One Taguig
8 3MF Michael Baldisimo (2000-04-13) April 13, 2000 (age 24) 2 0   San Jose Earthquakes
7 3MF Mike Ott (1995-03-02) March 2, 1995 (age 29) 40 5   Barito Putera
13 3MF Mark Swainston (1999-11-13) November 13, 1999 (age 24) 1 0   Kaya–Iloilo
14 3MF Oskari Kekkonen (1999-09-24) September 24, 1999 (age 24) 10 0   Lamphun Warriors
17 3MF Justin Baas (2000-03-16) March 16, 2000 (age 24) 17 0 Unattached
19 3MF Pocholo Bugas (2001-12-03) December 3, 2001 (age 22) 9 0   Angkor Tiger
3MF Matthew Baldisimo (1998-01-20) January 20, 1998 (age 26) 0 0   York United

9 4FW Sebastian Rasmussen (2002-06-17) June 17, 2002 (age 21) 7 4   Hobro
10 4FW OJ Porteria (1994-05-09) May 9, 1994 (age 29) 38 2   Dewa United
11 4FW Jarvey Gayoso (1997-02-11) February 11, 1997 (age 27) 15 2   Kaya–Iloilo
18 4FW Patrick Reichelt (1988-06-05) June 5, 1988 (age 35) 83 15   Kuala Lumpur City
20 4FW Jeremiah Borlongan (1998-12-08) December 8, 1998 (age 25) 0 0   Dynamic Herb Cebu
21 4FW Kenshiro Daniels (1995-01-13) January 13, 1995 (age 29) 39 4   RANS Nusantara
4FW Andres Aldeguer (2003-12-18) December 18, 2003 (age 20) 0 0   One Taguig
4FW Theo Libarnes (2004-06-06) June 6, 2004 (age 19) 0 0   Far Eastern University
4FW Chima Uzoka (1998-06-12) June 12, 1998 (age 25) 0 0   Dynamic Herb Cebu

Recent call-ups edit

The following players have been called up for the Philippines within the past 12 months.[118][119][120][121]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Julian Schwarzer (1999-10-26) October 26, 1999 (age 24) 3 0   Arema v.   Bahrain, 17 October 2023

DF Daisuke Sato (1994-09-20) September 20, 1994 (age 29) 60 3   Davao Aguilas v.   Iraq, 21 March 2024PRE INJ
DF Jesper Nyholm (1993-09-10) September 10, 1993 (age 30) 4 1   Perak v.   Iraq, 21 March 2024PRE INJ
DF Carli de Murga (1988-11-30) November 30, 1988 (age 35) 58 4   Barito Putera v.   Indonesia, 21 November 2023
DF Simone Rota (1984-11-06) November 6, 1984 (age 39) 31 2   Kaya–Iloilo v.   Indonesia, 21 November 2023
DF Kike Linares (1999-07-12) July 12, 1999 (age 24) 7 0   Lamphun Warriors v.   Bahrain, 17 October 2023
DF Joshua Grommen (1996-07-14) July 14, 1996 (age 27) 0 0   Khon Kaen United v.   Bahrain, 17 October 2023
DF Jaime Rosquillo (2003-03-10) March 10, 2003 (age 21) 0 0   Dynamic Herb Cebu v.   Bahrain, 17 October 2023
DF Michael Kempter (1995-01-12) January 12, 1995 (age 29) 4 0   Grasshopper v.   Chinese Taipei, 8 September 2023
DF Martin Steuble (1988-06-09) June 9, 1988 (age 35) 52 4 Unattached v.   Chinese Taipei, 19 June 2023

MF Manny Ott (1992-05-06) May 6, 1992 (age 31) 62 4   Terengganu v.   Indonesia, 21 November 2023
MF Stephan Schröck (1986-08-21) August 21, 1986 (age 37) 61 6   One Taguig v.   Indonesia, 21 November 2023
MF Marwin Angeles (1991-01-09) January 9, 1991 (age 33) 27 1   Kaya–Iloilo v.   Indonesia, 21 November 2023
MF Dennis Villanueva (1992-04-28) April 28, 1992 (age 31) 18 0   Police Tero v.   Indonesia, 21 November 2023
MF Jesus Melliza (1992-04-20) April 20, 1992 (age 31) 8 1   Kaya–Iloilo v.   Indonesia, 21 November 2023
MF John-Patrick Strauß (1996-01-28) January 28, 1996 (age 28) 17 2   Hansa Rostock v.   Vietnam, 16 November 2023INJ
MF Sandro Reyes (2003-03-29) March 29, 2003 (age 21) 11 1   Greuther Fürth v.   Vietnam, 16 November 2023PRE
MF Raphael Obermair (1996-04-01) April 1, 1996 (age 28) 0 0   Paderborn 07 v.   Chinese Taipei, 8 September 2023
MF Dylan De Bruycker (1997-12-05) December 5, 1997 (age 26) 7 0 Unattached v.   Chinese Taipei, 8 September 2023INJ
MF Hikaru Minegishi (1991-06-05) June 5, 1991 (age 32) 18 1 Unattached v.   Chinese Taipei, 19 June 2023
MF Chester Pabualan (1999-04-29) April 29, 1999 (age 24) 1 0   United City v.   Chinese Taipei, 19 June 2023
MF Jared Peña (2006-08-05) August 5, 2006 (age 17) 1 0   Stallion Laguna v.   Chinese Taipei, 19 June 2023

FW Bienvenido Marañón (1986-05-15) May 15, 1986 (age 37) 15 4   Chanthaburi v.   Indonesia, 21 November 2023
FW Gerrit Holtmann (1995-03-25) March 25, 1995 (age 29) 2 1   Darmstadt 98 v.   Vietnam, 16 November 2023

INJ Withdrew due to an injury
PRE Included in the preliminary squad
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension

Player records edit

As of December 1, 2023[122]
Players in bold are still active.

Most appearances edit

 
Phil Younghusband is Philippines' top goalscorer and most capped player.
Rank Name Caps Goals Career
1 Phil Younghusband 108 52 2006–2019
2 James Younghusband 98 12 2006–2019
3 Patrick Reichelt 82 15 2012–present
4 Neil Etheridge 78 0 2008–present
5 Chieffy Caligdong 71 16 2004–2013
6 Rob Gier 68 3 2009–2015
7 Manny Ott 62 4 2010–present
8 Stephan Schröck 61 6 2011–2023
9 Daisuke Sato 60 3 2014–present
Misagh Bahadoran 8 2011–2018

Top goalscorers edit

Rank Name Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Phil Younghusband 52 108 0.48 2006–2019
2 Chieffy Caligdong 16 71 0.23 2004–2013
3 Patrick Reichelt 15 82 0.18 2012–present
4 Ángel Guirado 13 46 0.28 2011–2021
5 James Younghusband 12 98 0.12 2006–2019
6 Ian Araneta 9 49 0.18 2002–2013
7 Mark Hartmann 8 41 0.2 2011–present
Misagh Bahadoran 60 0.13 2011–2018
9 Javier Patiño 7 20 0.35 2013–2019
Chris Greatwich 50 0.14 2004–2014

Competition records edit

For the head-to-head record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's head-to-head record page

FIFA World Cup edit

The Philippines has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup. The national team entered the 1950 FIFA World Cup qualification[123] but withdrew without playing a single game.[124] The Philippines had intended to enter the 1962 edition but did not push through with the plan.[125] The country's entry to the 1966 edition was not accepted due to its association not being able to pay the registration fee for the qualifiers and the national team withdrew from the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification just as they did in the 1950 qualifiers.[126][127] The national team made its first participation in a FIFA World Cup qualifiers for the 1998 edition.

At the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Yanti Barsales made the first goal for the Philippines at a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Syria.[128][129]

The national team did not enter the qualifiers for the next succeeding editions until the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, about 10 years later.[130] The national team secured their first victory in a World Cup qualifier against Sri Lanka, 4–0.[131][132]

FIFA World Cup record
Year FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Round Pld W D L GF GA Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1938 Did not enter Did not enter
  1950 Withdrew[126] Withdrew
  1954 to   1962 Did not enter Did not enter
  1966 Entry not accepted[126] Entry not accepted
  1970 Did not enter Did not enter
  1974 Withdrew[126] Withdrew
  1978 to   1994 Did not enter Did not enter
  1998 Did not qualify Round 1 3 0 0 3 0 10
    2002 Round 1 6 0 1 5 2 29
  2006 and   2010 Did not enter Did not enter
  2014 Did not qualify Round 2 4 1 1 2 6 6
  2018 Round 2 8 3 1 4 8 12
  2022 Round 2 8 3 2 3 12 11
      2026 To be determined TBD 4 0 1 3 1 9
      2030 To be determined
  2034
Total 0/22 - - - - - - 31 7 6 19 28 74

Olympic Games edit

The Philippines' Olympic Games record
Year Summer Olympics record Qualifying record
Round Pld W D L GF GA Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1908
to
  1952
did not enter
  1956 Withdrew
  1960 did not enter
  1964 Withdrew
  1968 did not qualify Round 1 5 0 0 5 3 48
  1972 Round 1 4 1 0 3 1 19
  1976 Round 1 2 0 0 2 0 6
  1980 Round 1 5 0 0 5 0 32
  1984 Round 1 5 0 0 2 1 17
  1988 Round 1 4 0 0 4 0 31
1992–present See Philippines national under-23 team
Total 0/17  –  –  –  –  –  –  – 22 1 0 21 5 153

AFC Asian Cup edit

The Philippines qualified once for the Asian Cup, in 2019. For the 2011 and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, the Philippines attempted to qualify for the tournament through the AFC Challenge Cup.[129][133][134] The Philippines would have been invited to host the 1968 Asian Cup, a tournament in which it did not qualify for, if Iran withdrew as hosts.[135]

The Philippines' AFC Asian Cup record
Year AFC Asian Cup record Qualification record
Round Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1956 did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 5
  1960 2 0 0 2 4 14
  1964 Withdrew Withdrew
  1968 did not qualify 4 0 0 4 0 24
  1972 Withdrew Withdrew
  1976
  1980 did not qualify 3 0 0 3 1 10
  1984 5 0 0 5 3 16
  1988 did not enter did not enter
  1992
  1996 did not qualify 3 0 0 3 1 20
  2000 3 1 0 2 2 11
  2004 did not enter did not enter
        2007
  2011 did not qualify AFC Challenge Cup
  2015
  2019 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 7 Squad 14 6 4 4 21 20
  2023 did not qualify 11 4 3 4 13 15
  2027 to be determined to be determined
Total Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 7 47 11 7 29 45 135

Asian Games edit

AFC Challenge Cup edit

The AFC Challenge Cup was organized as a route for nations classified as "emerging" or "developing" as a sole route to qualify for the Asian Cup. The Philippines is among these nations[133][134] and participated at the inaugural 2006 AFC Challenge Cup. After a qualification phase was introduced the Philippines failed to qualify for the next two succeeding editions in 2008 and 2010. The Philippines qualified for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup where the finished third.[136] Phil Younghusband was the Golden Boot winner of the edition scoring six goals in the final tournament.[137] The team reached the finals of 2014 edition of the tournament settling for second place after losing to Palestine in the finals.[138] The AFC Challenge Cup tournament was dissolved after the 2014 edition.[134]

The Philippines' AFC Challenge Cup record
Year AFC Challenge Cup record Qualification record
Round Pld W D L GF GA Squad Round Pld W D L GF GA
  2006 Group stage 3 0 2 1 2 3 Squad No qualification
  2008 did not qualify Group stage 3 2 1 0 4 0
  2010 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 8
  2012 Third place 5 3 0 2 9 8 Squad Round 2 5 2 2 1 7 3
  2014 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 7 3 Squad Group stage 2 2 0 0 9 0
Total 3/5 13 6 3 4 18 14 - 13 7 3 3 23 11

Far Eastern Games edit

Out of the ten football tournaments held in ten editions of the Far Eastern Games, The Philippines only won the inaugural 1913 edition[139] despite fielding American, Spanish and British players violating tournament rules in that edition. The team was nevertheless named champions.[140] China was awarded champions of the nine other editions of the tournaments.[139] At the 1917 Far Eastern Games, the Philippines recorded its biggest victory in an international match to date, which was the 15–2 win against Japan. FC Barcelona player Paulino Alcántara was part of the national squad.[141]

AFF Championship edit

The Philippines participated in every edition of the AFF Championship except the 2008 edition in which the team failed to qualify for the final tournament. Their first match in the tournament was a 0–5 defeat handed by Thailand in 1996 edition. Freddy Gonzalez scored the first goal for the Philippines in the tournament in a 1–3 defeat, also to Thailand in the 1998 edition. Emelio Caligdong made a brace in the national team's 2–1 victory against Timor Leste in the 2004 edition. The victory was the first for the Philippines in the AFF Championship.[142]

The national team fared poorly during the first seven editions of the AFF Championship from 1996 to 2008 losing 19 out of 21 matches.[136] The Philippines' worst defeat at the tournament was the 1–13 match against Indonesia at the 2002 AFF Championship which was also remains the highest scoreline in the tournament as of 2020.[143] The national team made to its first semi-finals at the 2010 AFF Championship.[136]

Southeast Asian Games edit

The senior national team managed to reach the semi-finals of the football tournament of the Southeast Asian Games before the football was made into an under-23 tournament.

Minor tournaments edit

The Philippines participated at numerous minor friendly tournaments. Aside from other national teams, the Philippine nationals also faced selection teams and club sides from other nations at some of these tournaments. The team made a podium finish, placing not below third place, at the Japanese Empire-sanctioned East Asian Games in 1940, the Long Teng Cup (2010, 2011) held in Taiwan, and all three editions of the Philippine Peace Cup (2012, 2013 and 2014) hosted by the home country.

Honours edit

Continental edit

Regional edit

See also edit

Men's edit

Women's edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ JerseyBird is not the kit supplier for team. The management purchased the design made by JerseyBird, but the kits were manufactured by Chronos Athletics and distributed under a subsidiary brand, Azkals Sportswear.
  2. ^ Maro only coached the team that took part at the 2017 CTFA International Tournament in Taiwan which was held in December 2017. Dooley remained the head coach.[100] Maro was supposed to lead a U22 side, but the matches of the CTFA International Tournament were recognized as Tier 1 "A" international matches hence the Philippine Football Federation sent a senior side with Maro as its coach in lieu of Thomas Dooley.[101]
  3. ^ Gonzales only coached the team that took part at the 2018 Bangabandhu Cup in Bangladesh which was held in October 2018. Cooper remained the head coach.[105]

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