Nicknamed as "the Malditas", the Philippine Women's Football Team has made sports history by securing a spot at the FIFA Women's World Cup. The World Cup is among the biggest platforms for professional footballers and is scheduled for July 2023, to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
The Malditas, with team captain Tahnai Annis at the helm, recently bested the Taiwan team 4-3 at the AFC Women's Asia Cup held in the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune, India. This was done after the match headed into penalties after both the Philippines and Taiwan remained at 1-1 after 120 minutes. Much credit also goes to the team's goalkeeper, Olivia McDaniel, who made two saves and scored one against Taipei.