(Street Dogs)
AssociationPhilippine Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachScott Cooper
CaptainStephan Schröck
Most capsPhil Younghusband (108)
Top scorerPhil Younghusband (52)
Home stadiumRizal Memorial Stadium
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 128 Decrease 3 (12 August 2021)[2]
Highest111 (May 2018)
Lowest195 (September – October 2006)
First international
 Philippines 2–1 China 
(Manila, Philippines; 1 February 1913)
 China 3–0 Philippines 
(Osaka, Japan; 22 May 1923)
Biggest win
 Japan 2–15 Philippines 
(Tokyo, Japan; 10 May 1917)[3]
 Philippines 8–0 Cambodia 
(Manila, Philippines; 24 March 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 15–0 Philippines 
(Tokyo, Japan; 28 September 1967)
Asian Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultGroup stage, (2019)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2006)
Best resultRunners-up (2014)
AFF Championship
Appearances11 (first in 1996)
Best resultSemi-finals (2010, 2012, 2014, 2018)

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

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 only participated in the AFF Championship and finished bottom. However, starting from 2010 AFF Championship, the country has started to develop football as part of the sport's renaissance, finding more incentives to increase football development and fan support,[7] which eventually led to the country's first major tournament in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.[8]


1910s–1940s: Early years

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

The Philippines participated at 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 the 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 at 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

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 in a game which was labeled as an upset by the Japanese press.[13]

After 1958, saw the decline of Philippine football, several key players resigned from the national team due to financial challenges for playing for the national team. 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 mandates 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 has 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. Coaches from the United Kingdom, Alan Rogers and Brian Birch. After the two were relieved, Danny McClellan and Graham Adams continued their task. In 1961, San Miguel through the national football association bought in four medical students from Spain who were expert 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 gains 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]


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 mustn't raise their expectations too high,[21] as the Philippines have only won 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 receive minimal support from the government. Palami made financial investments to the team using his own personal money. Since taking responsibility over the national team, he has envisioned a plan named Project 100, which plans 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]

2010s: Era of renaissance

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 8 October 2015 ended in a goalless draw
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 8 October 2015 ended in a goalless draw
Players of the national team celebrating their first qualification ever for the AFC Asian Cup following their 2–1 win over Tajikistan on 27 March 2018
Players of the national team celebrating their first qualification ever for the AFC Asian Cup following their 2–1 win over Tajikistan on 27 March 2018

The Philippines's campaign at the 2010 AFF Championship under Simon McMenemy's tenure was a breakthrough. Hold 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 defending 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 loss 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 30 May. The Philippines once again advance 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 Yemen in Doha, Qatar in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers was their first-ever World Cup qualifier away from home, a victory over Yemen in Doha, Qatar.[41] They 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.

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 lost to China[45] and was edged 1–3 by Kyrgyzstan, with Stephan Schröck scoring a historic goal for the Azkals in the tournament.[46]


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 Pinoys then won Guam 3–0, but lost 0–2 to China thus didn't 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]

Team image


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

Some fans have organized themselves to support the national team, one of them is the Ultras Filipinas, which formed in 2011.[54][55] 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.[55]


Kit suppliers of the Philippine national team
Outfitter Usage
From Until
Germany Puma 1996
Germany Adidas 1996
Japan Mizuno 2008 2012
Philippines LGR 2012
Germany Puma 2012 2015
Philippines LGR 2015 2021
Spain Kelme 2021 present

The traditional home kit is similar to the France national team; blue jersey, white shorts, and red socks.[56] 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.[57] The current kit supplier of the national team is local firm, LGR Sportswear. German companies Adidas and Puma, 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.[58] Later that year, Adidas assumed that role and outfitted the team that participated at the 1996 Tiger Cup.[59]

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.[60][61] On 4 June 2012, Puma supplanted Mizuno's role with the national team.[62]

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 in on 5 June 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[63]

Spanish sportwear brand Kelme became the official kit provider of the national team in 2021.[64]






Logo of Azkals Philippines
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.[65] The team is also identified under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) country code for the Philippines as PHL.[66] However the team was more commonly known as the RP, the acronym for the country's official name, Republika ng Pilipinas,[65] which the local press used when they referred to the team as the "RP Booters"[67] or the "RP XI".[68] 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.[69] The local press have since referred to the team as either "PH/PHL Booters"[70][71] or "PH/PHL XI".[72][73]

The national team is referred to as the "Azkals".[74] 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.[75] "Azkals" became a trending topic on Twitter during the semifinals of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup.[76]

They are also known as the "Tri–Stars" which is derived from the three stars on the Philippine flag, although this nickname is not frequently used.[77]

Home stadium

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.[78] 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 where 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 as the national team's home again for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.[79]

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. In 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.[80]

The national team also held official international matches at the Cebu City Sports Complex in Cebu City,[81] and at the Barotac Nuevo Plaza Field in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.[82]

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   Tajikistan
(27 March 2018; AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualification)
Panaad Stadium 9,825 Bacolod v   China PR
(15 October 2019; FIFA World Cup qualification)
Cebu City Sports Complex Cebu City v   Malaysia
(27 April 2014; Friendly)
Quirino Stadium 5,000 Bantay, Ilocos Sur v  Australia Perth Glory FC
(26 June 2016; Friendly)

Fixtures and results

Further information: Philippines national football team results

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


7 June 2021 (2021-06-07) 2022 WCQ R2 China PR  2–0  Philippines Sharjah, UAE
21:00 UTC+4
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Sharjah Football Stadium
Referee: Kim Hee-gon (South Korea)
11 June 2021 (2021-06-11) 2022 WCQ R2 Philippines  3–0 Guam Guam Sharjah, UAE
18:00 UTC+4
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Sharjah Football Stadium
Referee: Ammar Aljeneibi (United Arab Emirates)
15 June 2021 (2021-06-15) 2022 WCQ R2 Philippines  1–1  Maldives Sharjah, UAE
19:00 UTC+4
Stadium: Sharjah Football Stadium
Referee: Sivakorn Pu-udom (Thailand)


Current squad

The following 23 players are called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Guam, China, and Maldives.
Caps and goals updated as of 16 June 2021, after the match against Maldives.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Bernd Schipmann (1994-07-05) 5 July 1994 (age 27) 3 0 Thailand Ratchaburi Mitr Phol
15 1GK Quincy Kammeraad (2001-02-01) 1 February 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Philippines ADT
16 1GK Kevin Ray Mendoza (1994-09-29) 29 September 1994 (age 26) 1 0 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur City

2 2DF Álvaro Silva (1984-03-30) 30 March 1984 (age 37) 17 0 Thailand BG Pathum United
3 2DF Carli de Murga (1988-11-30) 30 November 1988 (age 32) 46 4 Malaysia Terengganu
4 2DF Mar Diano (1997-07-24) 24 July 1997 (age 24) 1 0 Philippines ADT
5 2DF Jefferson Tabinas (1998-08-07) 7 August 1998 (age 23) 3 0 Japan Mito HollyHock
6 2DF Luke Woodland (1995-07-21) 21 July 1995 (age 26) 23 0 Thailand Ratchaburi Mitr Phol
13 2DF Justin Baas (2000-03-16) 16 March 2000 (age 21) 6 0 Philippines United City
20 2DF Michael Kempter (1995-01-25) 25 January 1995 (age 26) 3 0 Switzerland St. Gallen
23 2DF Martin Steuble (1988-06-09) 9 June 1988 (age 33) 46 3 Thailand Muangkan United

7 3MF Mike Ott (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 26) 24 3 Philippines United City
10 3MF Oliver Bias (2001-06-15) 15 June 2001 (age 20) 3 0 Philippines ADT
11 3MF Mark Winhoffer (1999-03-01) 1 March 1999 (age 22) 3 0 Philippines ADT
12 3MF Manny Ott (1992-05-06) 6 May 1992 (age 29) 52 4 Malaysia Melaka United
14 3MF Jarvey Gayoso (1997-02-11) 11 February 1997 (age 24) 5 1 Philippines ADT
17 3MF Stephan Schröck (captain) (1986-08-21) 21 August 1986 (age 35) 47 6 Philippines United City
18 3MF Patrick Reichelt (1988-06-05) 5 June 1988 (age 33) 64 10 Thailand Suphanburi
22 3MF Kenshiro Daniels (1995-01-13) 13 January 1995 (age 26) 22 1 Philippines Kaya-Iloilo
3MF Matthew Baldisimo (1998-01-20) 20 January 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Canada Pacific FC
3MF OJ Porteria (1994-05-09) 9 May 1994 (age 27) 22 2 Philippines United City

8 4FW Ángel Guirado (1984-12-09) 9 December 1984 (age 36) 42 12 Gibraltar St Joseph's
21 4FW Mark Hartmann (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 29) 29 8 Philippines United City

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the Philippines within the past 12 months.[83]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Neil EtheridgePRE INJ (1990-02-07) 7 February 1990 (age 31) 65 0 England Birmingham City FIFA International Window (June 2021)

DF Niko de VeraPRE (1996-07-23) 23 July 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Philippines ADT FIFA International Window (June 2021)
DF Jesper NyholmPRE INJ (1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 (age 27) 0 0 Sweden Djurgårdens IF FIFA International Window (June 2021)

MF Lloyd FagerliePRE (2002-07-15) 15 July 2002 (age 19) 0 0 Norway Molde FIFA International Window (June 2021)
MF Gerrit HoltmannPRE (1995-03-25) 25 March 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Germany Vfl Bochum FIFA International Window (June 2021)
MF Raphael ObermairPRE (1996-04-01) 1 April 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Germany 1. FC Magdeburg FIFA International Window (June 2021)
MF Iain RamsayPRE (1988-02-27) 27 February 1988 (age 33) 33 5 Thailand Prachuap FIFA International Window (June 2021)
MF John-Patrick StraußPRE INJ (1996-01-28) 28 January 1996 (age 25) 12 2 Germany Erzgebirge Aue FIFA International Window (June 2021)


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

Previous squads

Previous squads of the Philippines
Tournament Edition
AFC Asian Cup
AFF Championship
AFC Challenge Cup
Asian Games
SEA Games

Head coaches

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

List of head coaches of the Philippines
Nationality Name Period References/Notes
 Philippines Dionisio Calvo 1930, 1934, 1954
 Philippines Luis Javellana 1956
 Philippines Ramon Echevarria Sr. 1958 [84]
 Philippines Fernando Giménez Álvarez 1962
 England Alan Rogers 1962–63
 Scotland Danny McLennan 1963
 Philippines Emilio Pacheco 1967
 Spain Juan Cutillas 1967–72
 Philippines Florentino Broce 1973–74 [17]
 Spain Juan Cutillas 1975–78
 West Germany Bernhard Zgoll 1980
 Spain Juan Cutillas 1981–84
 Philippines Alberto Honasan 1987 [85]
 Argentina Carlos Cavagnaro 1989
 Germany Eckhard Krautzun 1991–92
 Philippines Mariano Araneta 1993 [86]
 Philippines Rodolfo Alicante 1993
 Philippines Noel Casilao 1993–96
 Spain Juan Cutillas 1996–2000
 Philippines Rodolfo Alicante 2000
 Japan Masataka Imai 2001
 Japan Sugao Kambe 2002–03
 Philippines Aris Caslib 2004–07 [87]
 Philippines Norman Fegidero 2008
 Spain Juan Cutillas 2008–09
 Philippines Aris Caslib 2009
 Scotland Des Bulpin 2009–10 [88]
 Scotland Simon McMenemy 2010 [89]
 Germany Michael Weiß 2011–14 [90]
 United States Thomas Dooley 2014–18 [91]
 Philippines Marlon Maro 2017 [note 1]
 England Terry Butcher 2018 [94]
 Ireland Scott Cooper 2018 (interim) [95][96]
 Philippines Anto Gonzales 2018 [note 2]
 Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson 2018–19 [98]
 Ireland Scott Cooper 2019 (interim) [99]
 Serbia Goran Milojević 2019 [100]
 Ireland Scott Cooper 2019– [101][102]

Competitive record

Main article: Philippines national football team records and statistics

See also


  1. ^ Head coach on a temporary basis. 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.[92] 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.[93]
  2. ^ Head coach on a temporary basis. 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.[97]


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