The Philippines have appointed reigning A-League Women coach of the year Mark Torcaso to lead their national women's team, turning to another Australian as they attempt to build upon the momentum from their first Women's World Cup appearance.
Torcaso, 42, guided Western United to a second-placed finish and Grand Final appearance in their debut A-League Women season in 2022-23 and will maintain his position with the Melbourne-based club alongside his new international duties.
"It is truly an honour to take up this position with the Philippines. It is a dream come true to be taking on an international coaching opportunity," said Torcaso.
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"This opportunity is one that we couldn't pass up and we are incredibly grateful for the support of everyone at Western United in making this work.
"The Philippines team has been a great football story over the last year, and it is really exciting to be able to work with this group. I can't wait to get started and bring more success to this nation."
Under the leadership of former Matildas boss Alen Stajcic, the Filipinas competed at their first World Cup this year, ending their campaign with defeats against Norway and Switzerland but securing a historic upset win over host nation New Zealand.
Torcaso guided United to 13 wins in 18 games in their maiden A-League Women season, finishing just a single point back of Sydney FC in the race for the premiership and nine points clear of third-placed Melbourne City.
They subsequently defeated the Sky Blues 1-0 on the road to secure a place in the Grand Final, only to lose 4-0 against Sydney in that fixture.