Young Azkals, Malditas get favorable groups in SEAG 2019 football

The Philippines Under-22 men’s and women’s football squads avoid regional powerhouses in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) group stage after the draw concluded last October 15 in Sofitel Hotel Manila.

The Draw (Men’s U-22)

Before the draw, hosts Philippines along with defending champions, Thailand are seeded already making up Group A and B respectively. Malaysia and Indonesia are in Pot 1, while Myanmar and Vietnam are in Pot 2. Rounding up the rest of the participants are Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei and Timor-Leste in Pot 3.

After the the draw of the competing teams came to a conclusion, hosts Philippines saw themselves in Group A along with Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Timor Leste.

Group B ends up with a more stacked set of squads with Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and Brunei.

The Under-22 team sees itself in a more favorable group avoiding a tougher proposition of facing Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand early in the competition.

The Draw (Women’s)

The women’s competition, which is made up of six competitors, sees two pots with Pot 1 containing Thailand and Myanmar, while Pot 2 with Malaysia and Indonesia. Hosts Philippines and Vietnam are the two seeded teams already in Group A and B respectively.

After the draw came to a conclusion, hosts Philippine women’s team see themselves grouped along with Myanmar and Malaysia while Group B sees itself with Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.

The Philippine women’s team seems to find itself in a more manageable position to progress to the semifinals stage avoiding Vietnam and Thailand early in the competition.

The men’s football will kick-off on November 25 and will run until December 10. Meanwhile, the women’s tournament will be from November 26 and will conclude on December 8.

2019 SEA Games football tournament venues:

  • Rizal Memorial Stadium (Women’s and Men’s)
  • Binan Football Stadium (Women’s & Men’s)
  • Imus Grandstand (Men’s)
Officials from different nations who participated in the draw with competition manager, Coco Torre of the Philippines Football League

Photo credit: The Azkals

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