Philippines Historic World Cup Journey

29 Jan 2015 @ 7:52 UTC

The Philippines will be sending two teams in the country's inaugural participation in the 2015 Touch Football World Cup slated on April 28 to May 3 in New South Wales, Australia.

Representing the country in its first ever World Cup campaign set April 28 to May 3 are the women's open and mixed open teams, respectively, which are collectively known as the Pythons.

A total of 84 teams are seeing action in the meet to be held at Coffs, Harbour, New South Wales.

Women's coach Craig Wislang said the Pythons are seeking a modest goal of just finishing either as the No. 1 or 2 teams in Asia.

"We are looking at measuring ourselves against the other Asian teams. If we ended the tournament first or second from Asia, then we will have been very successful," said Wislang

Fourteen nations will compete in the women's division, while 17 teams will battle in the mixed.

"It is a minority sport compared to others, but it is growing from strength to strength. And with the formation of the first women's national team of pure homegrown talent, we hope to be able to further increase interest in touch football in the country, develop more teams, and compete in more international tournaments," said Barberis

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