With a bronze medal at stake, the Philippine Women’s National Football Team went out on the pitch to a roaring 3,000 spectators hoping to see these ladies give everything they have to win that precious medal for the country.
You saw that right. 3,000 SPECTATORS FOR THE PHILIPPINE WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM’S MATCH AGAINST MYANMAR. The reason why we’re putting emphasis to this is that we’ve never seen this many people in a game that features our women’s national team.
Despite missing out on a podium finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games against their newly-found rivals Myanmar, they’ve got the hearts of many people, most of them are now converted as a fan of the women’s national team and the Azkals at the same time.
No one, I mean no one will ever forget how the Philippine Women’s National Football Team thrashed Malaysia the same night that the young Azkals replicated the magical night of 1991.
The story behind the increase of the ladies’ popularity started out after a string of positive results over the last 12 months, including riding the wave generated from the 2018 AFC Women’s Championship run.
The Malditas have taken the momentum into the Olympic qualifiers, where they finished 2nd in the second round of qualifying, bowing out to a Chinese Taipei squad that only just edged out the Malditas via 2 own goals.
After the qualifiers, the ladies revved up again to face our neighbors in the 2019 AFF Women’s Championship, where in an eerie bit of irony, the Malditas faced Vietnam in the semifinals and then squared off with Myanmar in the bronze medal game, eventually ending the tourney in 4th place once again.
More proof positive of a bright future in women’s football has been a more competitive PFF Women’s League. With more competitive sides and less blowouts, the future’s gonna need some shades with how bright it’s becoming.