The Philippines qualified for the Asian Cup via a powerful display seeing them finish second in their qualifying group. Ranked 69th in the world, PWNFT hit the qualifying ground running, scoring 16 goals across three matches while defeating United Arab Emirates (4-0), Iraq (4-0) and Tajikistan (8-0). It wasn’t until their fourth qualification match that they conceded their first goal, but still fought back to snatch a 1-1 draw against Bahrain. In their fifth and final qualification match though, the Philippines stumbled, going down to Asian Cup hosts Jordan 5-1. Coach Richard Boon has only been at the helm since late 2017 but has been working hard in camps to instil his style of football within the squad. He already has good players to work with in Hali Long who scored a hattrick against Tajikistan as well as goalscoring sisters Sara and Anicka Castañeda. Based in the USA, Long is listed as a defender but offers versatility up and down the field. Sara Castañeda plays as an adaptable central midfielder while Eva Madarang is key – the 19 year old forward scored four goals across the five qualification games. Recent international results for PFWNT have not been strong. Managing a 2-1 win in their first outing against Malaysia at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, PFWNT then went on to lose their remaining three matches against Vietnam (3-0), Myanmar (6-0) and Thailand (3-1). The Philippines have never managed to get past the group stage of an Asian Cup and 2018 is the first time in 15 years they have qualified.