FIFA expects Filipinos to join World Cup ‘big party’

Present at the unveiling of the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy were (from left) Philippine Football Federation Secretary General Ed Gastanes, Australia’s Ambassador to the Philippines Hae Kyong Yu, New Zealand’s Ambassador in the Philippines, Peter Kell, and FIFA Marketing Director, Sarah Gandoin. — JONAS TERRADO.

FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) is looking forward to the Philippine women’s soccer team and its supporters enjoying the experience of participating in the Women’s World Cup for the first time.

“This is really the tournament for rookies,” said FIFA marketing executive Sarah Gandoin, who also oversees the Women’s World Cup trophy tour that made its stop in the country on Wednesday.

“We are very excited to host this great party and we hope many Filipinos can go there and celebrate. [the team’s] historic qualification,” added Gandoin during the presentation of the golden trophy at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati City.

Gandoin, along with key officials led by Philippine Football Federation Secretary General Ed Gastanes, Australia’s Ambassador to the Philippines Hae Kyong Yu and his New Zealand counterpart Peter Kell were the main guests at the third trophy tour stop, which also featured an event. held before shoppers and soccer fans at the nearby Glorietta Activity Center.

“This is effectively our biggest FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy tour ahead of what will be the biggest FIFA Women’s World Cup ever,” Gandoin said. “We are going to visit all 32 countries that have qualified for the trophy with the goal of building excitement and really giving fans a chance to get up close and personal with the trophy.”

Members from the Philippines were also on hand to get a first-hand glimpse of the trophy that will be up for grabs in the FIFA global competition that will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

The Philippines are coming off a Pinatar Cup campaign in Murcia, Spain, losing all three games against Wales, Scotland and Iceland and learning lessons at home they will look to apply a few months before traveling to New Zealand for the World Cup.

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