The Philippine women’s soccer team is seeking to establish a camp in Irvine, California, in preparation for the Asian Cup of the Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC).
The head coach of the national team, Marlon Maro, said on Tuesday that the team has to look elsewhere to train, as face-to-face training is not yet allowed in the country due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation. .
Maro also said the team is short on time for the tournament, which serves as a qualifier for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, scheduled to start in three months in India.
“[The chances of holding] face to face [training] here they are bleak because the government has made it clear that the only time the country will really start to open up is when the general population is vaccinated, ”Maro said in Filipino during the Philippine Sports Writers Association Forum on Tuesday.
“And we can’t wait for that moment because the games start in January. So the plan is for me to go to the United States because they are already open there ”. Up in the air
However, the plan, which has its fair share of challenges, is still up in the air with several players and coaching staff still to obtain a visa to the United States.
The United States Embassy in Manila currently only accepts emergency visits in the United States.
“The problem is the visa. So I hope we can schedule a schedule, ”Maro said, adding that the Philippine Soccer Federation is seeking the help of its American counterpart, who has been very supportive of the local soccer federation.
The Philippines are on the cusp of a successful season in last month’s Asian Women’s Cup qualifiers in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where they swept Group F with identical 2-1 victories over Nepal and Hong Kong.
In preparing for the playoffs, the team had to split into two groups. One group trained in the United States, while the other remained in the Philippines to train online with assistant coach Rose Barinan due to visa issues. INQ
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