New Zealand’s Futsal Ferns will play hosts the Philippines twice this weekend at the PFF Tri-Nation Invitational Tournament in Manila.
The first game, on Friday, will decide who finishes second and third in the group stage of the tournament, and a day later, the two sides will meet again for the right to face Indonesia in Sunday’s final.
Main photo: The Futsal Ferns squad at the tournament. Photo credit: NZF Futsal.
Indonesia have already secured their spot in the final with wins against New Zealand (3-1) and the Philippines (9-4).
Friday’s game will be live-streamed by the Philippine Football Federation via the PFF Facebook page.
It kicks off at 11pm (NZT).
The tournament provides New Zealand with the first step in their campaign to qualify for the inaugural 2025 FIFA Futsal Women’s World Cup.
The Oceania region will be allocated one place at the World Cup and while the qualification process has yet to be confirmed, it’s likely to mirror the pathway for the 2024 FIFA Futsal Men’s World Cup.
The Philippines are led by veteran futsal coach Victor Hermans (70), a Dutch pioneer of the format who has been head coach of seven national teams — Malaysia, Iran, Netherlands, Malta, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. He’s taken three teams to FIFA Futsal Men’s World Cups.
PFF Women’s Tri-Nation Futsal Invitational Tournament
All games to be played at Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila
Game to be played on Friday October 20, 11pm (NZT)
New Zealand v Philippines
Game to be played on Saturday October 21, 9pm (NZT)
2nd place v 3rd place
Game to be played on Sunday October 22, 9pm (NZT)
1st place v winner of 2nd/3rd play-off
New Zealand squad
Sarah Alder | Capital Futsal, NZ | 3 Caps / 1 Goals
Shivanthi Anthony | Papakura City, NZ | 6 Caps / 2 Goals
Libby Boobyer | Capital Futsal, NZ | 0 Caps / 0 Goals*
Danielle Bradley | Melbourne Evolution FC, Australia | 3 Caps / 0 Goals
Jordana Bremner | Papakura City, NZ | 0 Caps / 0 Goals*
Maxine Cooper | Papakura City, NZ | 6 Caps / 6 Goals
Mackenzie Falco | Canterbury United Pride, NZ | 0 Caps / 0 Goals*
Emily Gillion | Papakura City, NZ | 0 Caps / 0 Goals*
Francesca Grange | Bloomsbury Futsal, England | 3 Caps / 0 Goals
Ella James | Papakura City, NZ | 3 Caps / 2 Goals
Hannah Kraakman | Bloomsbury Futsal, England | 3 Caps / 5 Goals
Tessa Leong | Bloomsbury Futsal, England | 3 Caps / 0 Goals
Dayna Manak | Bloomsbury Futsal, England | 6 Caps / 4 Goals
Britney-Lee Nicholson | Canterbury United Pride, NZ | 6 Caps / 5 Goals
* Indicates their first Futsal Ferns’ call-up.
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