Philippines women's national softball team
The Philippines Women's National Softball Team, nicknamed the "Blu Girls", is the national team of Philippines. They are governed by the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines. They won a bronze medal in 1970 ISF Women's World Championship in Osaka, Japan and it was their first medal won in a World Championship.
|Federation||Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines|
|Confederation||Softball Confederation of Asia|
|WBSC World Rank||15th|
|Women's Softball World Championship|
|Best result||3rd (1 time, in 1970)|
|World Cup of Softball|
|Appearances||3 (First in 2014)|
|Best result||6th (1 time, in 2014)|
|Appearances||10 (First in 1967)|
|Best result||1st (1 time, in 1972)|
|Appearances||5 (First in 1998)|
|Best result||4th (2 times, in 2014 and 2018)|
The Philippines is among the best teams in Southeast Asia having won the gold medal in every edition of the Southeast Asian Games which had women's softball event.
The Philippine women's team were a powerhouse in Asia never placing outside the top 10 in the global rankings during the 1970s although the Philippines always ranked behind Japan. Their greatest achievement at that time was the third-place finish at the Women's Softball World Championship in 1970. They placed fourth in the 1974 edition.
However, by the 1990s, the Philippine national team experienced a decline. The team competed at the 1990 ISF Women's World Championship in Normal, Illinois where they finished with 4 wins and 5 losses. At the 1998 ISF Women's World Championship in Fujinomiya City, Japan where they finished sixteenth and only managed to secure a single win. The policy of the Philippine Sports Commission of dismantling the national training pool whenever a particular sport was scrapped from the calendar of events of the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games, and the Olympics contributed to the women's softball team's decline.
In the 2000s, Raul Saberon, a businessman and a former men's national softball and baseball player, secured financial support for the women's softball team from Jean Henri Lhuillier, who later became head of the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines.The team made a failed attempt to qualify for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing though made some progress.
At the 2017 Asian Women’s Softball Championship, the Philippines finished second to Japan, the best finish of the country in 45 years. In doing so, they qualified for the Women's Softball World Championship and Asian Games in 2018.
Head Coach:Randy Dizer
|2||Whell Ghene Camral||Outfield, Infield|
|6||Marlyn Francisco||Outfield, Infield|
|8||Angelie Ursabia||Outfield, Infield|
|9||Francesca Altomonte||Catcher, Infield|
|10||Garie Blando||Outfield, Infield|
|17||Luzviminda Embudo||Outfield, Infield|
|19||Alexandra Louise Zuluaga||Infield|
|-||Isabella Ann Mendoza||Outfield|
|-||Jullian Tanaka||Outfield, Infield|
|-||Kriska Piad||Catcher, Infield|
National squad for the 2017 World Cup of Softball, July 5-9, 2017.
Head Coach:Randy Dizer
|22||Ma. Celestine Palma||Catcher|
|42||Mary Luisse Garde||Pitcher|
- Pe, Roger (29 April 2018). "PHL softball and the chase for Filipinos' Olympic dream". Business Mirror. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
- "1990 ISF Women's World Championship". United States: International Softball Federation. 2013. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
- "1998 ISF Women's World Championship". United States: International Softball Federation. 2013. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
- Terrado, Reuben (2 July 2014). "Philippine Blu Girls vie for honors in World Cup IX". Spin.ph. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
- "Philippines - World Cup IX Roster". Gamechanger. Retrieved 10 July 2014.