The Azkals is the Philippine Men’s National Team under the supervision of the Philippine Football Federation. The name was coined by passionate Filipino football fans from all over the world who were discussing what suitable team name the Men’s National Team should have. They arrived to the name, Azkals, after realizing that the askal, the shortcut for “Asong Kalye” or stray dog, represented the situation of the Philippine National football team at that time. They were unsupported and no attention was given to them. After the name was made popular by the fans, the team adapted it and up until now, the Men’s National team still carries that name.
In 2016, the team achieved their highest spot of 115th in the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) rankings, the highest rank the national team has achieved since the introduction of such rankings in 1993. The team also ranked top among the South East Asian countries in recent times. Currently, the team is working on qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup which will be held in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.
The team’s advocacy is to reinvigorate the Filipino fire towards football and the Men’s National Team. With the support of the nation and its people, the Azkals plan to make the country proud.