The Philippine national team reached the finals of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. It lost against Palestine with the score of 1-0 which should have qualified it to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup if they won. Myanmar defeated the Philippines with the score of 3-2 in the finals of the Peace Cup later that year.
The Philippines defeated Inonesia in the 2014 AFF Championship again since the 1934 Far Eastern Games. This and the win against Laos made the national team to enter its third consecutive semifinal appearance. It lost to Vietnam on their third match in the group stage of the Championship. The Philippines then faced Thailand in a two-legged semifinal. The home game for the Philippines resulted in a 0-0 draw and lost to their away game at Bangkok.
On March 2012, the Philippines had its first win in the AFC Challenge Cup. It defeated India with a score of 2-0 and Tajikistan with 2-1, which were previous champions. This led them to advance to the semifinals. However, they lost against Turkmenistan in their semifinals match but made up for it when they defeated Palestine in a close fight with a 4-3 score. This made the Philippines the third placer in the Cup.
The Philippines won the 2012 Philippine Peace Cup on September 2012. They won all their three matches which gave them title again since their 1913 Far Eastern Games.
The national team made it to the semifinals of the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup on November 2012. The Philippines hosted its first Suzuki Cup at Rizal Memorial Stadium which resulted to a 0-0 draw against Singapore.
This is the year when the national team qualified for the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup. They were undefeated in the group stage against higher ranking teams. They also beat Vietnam, which was the defending champion then, that was considered as one of the biggest upsets, also known as the "Miracle of Hanoi", in the history of the AFF Suzuki Cup. This "miracle" started the football renaissance in the Philippines.
On 2011, the Philippines won its first victory in FIFA World Cup qualifiers when it beat Sri Lanka with a 4-0 win. It advanced to the second round against Kuwait where it lost with the score of 5-1 on aggregate.
In 2006, the national team fell to 195th on the FIFA Worl Rankings then rose to 171st by the end of the year due to a good performance in the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship qualifier with Aris Caslib as coach.
The Philippine team failed to reach its target to reach the semifinals by getting three draw matches. This led to the resignation of Caslib and the refusal of the PFF to register and enter the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The refusal not to enter the 2010 and 2006 World Cup qualifier was decided by the PFF under Rene Adad's leadership. The PFF decided to focus on local competitions.
The Philippine team got back on its track when Dan Palami, a businessman and sports patron, was appointed as the team manager in 2009. The minimal support from the government pushed Palami to invest on the team using his own personal money. He envisioned a plan named Project 100. Projecct 100 aims to make the national team among the top 100 football teams in the world based on FIFA rankings.
This was the period when the national team experienced the lack of funding and support from the government and the media. Players then were drawn from the Manila Football League. The league was supported by the Chinese-Filipino community.
During the 1958 Asian Games, the Philippines defeated Japan with a 1-0 win. It was considered as an upset by the Japanese press.
Unfortunately, in that same year, the Philippines experienced a decline in the field of football. Key players of the national team resigned to financial constraints. Some players switched their sport into basketball where players are better supported and paid. Fernando Alvarez was appointed as secretary general by thee Philippine Football Association which was headed by Don Manalo Elizalde. Alvarez implemented the 60-40 rule. This meant that all teams in leagues under PFA should be composed of 60 percent Filipinos and 40 percent Chinese. This rule turned sponsors and leagues off which made them to withdraw and decline from the sport. It was long after that before the rule was repealed under the leadership of Johnny Romualdez of the Philippine Football Federation. The national team consecutively suffered defeats which include a dreadful defeat against Malaysia with the score of 15-1. This was followed by a an even more dreadful 15-0 loss against Japan in 1967 at the 1968 Summer Olympics qualifiers. After that, foreigner coach and staff were hired to prevent devastating losses from happening again. The national team finished fourth overall at the 1991 SEA Games under German head coach, Eckhard Krautzun.
Far Eastern Championship Games, the first regional football tournament for national teams outside Britain, was where the Philippines had its first shining moment in the field of football. The Philippines faced Japan and China in several editions and Dutch East Indies in one edition.
The Philippines beat China with 2-1 score in the inaugural tournament. The Philippines also beat Japan with an overwhelming win with 15-2 score. Up to date, it is the biggest win in international football against Japan.
The Philippines finished third in the 1940 East Asian Games which was organized to commemorate the 2600th anniversary of the foundation of the Empire of Japan by Emperor Jimmu.