December 02, 2023

PFF appoints Australian Mark Torcaso as new Filipinas coach

PFF appoints Australian Mark Torcaso as new Filipinas coach

The Philippine Football Federation announced on Wednesday the signing of Australian tactician Mark Torcaso as the new coach of the Filipinas.

“We welcome coach Mark and his staff to the PFF family,” PFF president Nonong Araneta said in a briefer from the feredation.

“We are confident that they will continue raising the standards of the Philippine Women’s National Team on all aspects and take the team to greater heights at the back of a historic and memorable 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.”

The 42-year-old coach, filling in the shoes left by Alen Stajcic,is the reigning A-League Women Coach of the Year. His compatriot Sinisha Cohadzic will serve as his assistant and also the head coach for the U-17 and U-20 programs. Ex-New Zealand international Andrew Durante will also join Torcaso's staff.

The new Filipinas coach said he's honored to take over as the Philippine squad rides the momentum of their historic FIFA Women's World Cup bid to further improve the quality of football in the country.

“Watching the development of the team over the last couple of years has been amazing, from the AFF Championship to the World Cup, and I feel honored to be able to try to continue this growth,” said Torcaso.

“I am excited to take on this opportunity and I can’t wait to meet the players and the other staff in camp next week. I look forward to the challenge alongside Sinisha and Andrew."

The Filipinas will soon gear up for the Asian Games in China next month and the AFC Olympic Qualifiers in October.