Philippine Floorball Association gears up as PH hosts 2024 Men’s WFCQ AOFC

On May 21-25, 2024, the Philippines, through the Philippine Floorball Association (PFA) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), is set to host the 2024 Men’s World Floorball Championship (WFC) Asia-Oceania Floorball Confederation (AOFC) Qualification in PhilSports Arena, Pasig City. 

“We are excited to bring the best floorball talents in Asia and the Oceania region to witness top-quality live floorball performances. We aim to inspire young local clubs and players by showcasing how fun and exciting the sport can be,” said Philippine Floorball Association President Ralph Andrew Ramos. This is the third time that the Philippines has hosted an international Floorball event, after AOFC Cup 2019 in Biñan Laguna, and South East Asian Games 2019 at UP Diliman, Quezon City.

“I look forward to Filipinos enjoying live floorball action with the best players in the region. This will also serve for the team as crucial preparation for the AIMAG in November,” adds Ramos.

Headed by their captain Lucas Öijvall and guided by their head coach Noél Alm Johansson, the Philippines men’s national floorball team aim to secure a spot as one of the top three teams among the eight participating countries who will then qualify for the 15th Men’s World Floorball Championships in Sweden on December 7-15, 2024.

“[We achieve to] qualify for the World Championships in Sweden by finishing at least top 3 in the competition,” shares Ramos. The team will be on their final intensive training camp on May 13 to 15 to make some finishing refinements in their bid.

This year’s team line up consists of the following coaching staff and athletes—

Coaching Staff

  • Head Coach Noél Alm Mendoza Johansson
  • Coach Fredrik Nyback
  • Coach Daniel Skantze
  • Physiotherapist Daniel Von Knorring
  • Equipment Manager Nora Amundsson
  • Team Manager Kennet Andersson
  • Team Official Jayr Beterbo
  • Media Staff Russel Alido

Athletes

  • Ludvig Hemmingberg Porral
  • Rhodell Esguerra
  • Patrik Schoultze Castrillo
  • Lucas Werelius
  • Reymon Sellgren Rapirap Ponce
  • Simon Sicat Laraño
  • John Callenryd De la Peña
  • Lucas Öijvall Perez
  • Fredrik Escabel Jeppsson
  • Holland Bernardo
  • Noah Sicat Laraño
  • Richard Sellgren Rapirap Ponce
  • Michael Hedblom Paña
  • Kim Varga Rosello
  • Mattiece Cortez Myllyperkiö
  • Simon Andersson Magistrado
  • Kristofer Jandelius Del Valle
  • Victor Lindberg Regalado
  • Melvin Alm Mendoza
  • Patrik Nessbo Lemoran

After finishing 14th at the WFC 2020 and securing the silver medal at the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in 2022, the Philippine Team is determined to make a mark again in this upcoming qualifiers.

Written by Anna Cruz
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