20 December 2014

2016 AFF Suzuki Cup

President of Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) U Zaw Zaw attended the 13th Asean Football Federation(AFF) Council Meeting held this morning in Malaysia to discuss the matters concerning with 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup hosting and, marketing and financial issues for sustainable development of Asean Football.

It was confirmed in this meeting that the next AFF Council Meeting will take place in Yangon, Myanmar, on 27th February 2015. MFF President told other council members that Myanmar will hold the meeting in line with the duties of the host.

It is learned that the meeting agreed to designate Myanmar as the host for 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup and discussed the matters concerning with the tournament hosting. According the new rules and regulations of Asean Championship, a total of eight teams will participate in the tournament consisting of seven teams directly participating in the finals and one team which is the winner of qualification rounds.

The qualification rounds will be played in Cambodia and the four teams namely Cambodia, Brunei, Timor Leste and Laos which stood at the bottom four places during the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup will participate. Myanmar National Team stood at seventh place but they will directly enter the final stages in 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup hosted by Myanmar.


PFF will receive USD 300,000 from FIFA for costs of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

"Furthermore, thanks to the good financial results of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, a proposal from the Finance Committee for each member association to receive a contribution of USD 300,000 to the costs of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ – subject to audit – was approved."


19 December 2014

Uphill climb for Global FC in AFC Cup

By Cedelf P. Tupas

GLOBAL FC seeks to create a ripple in its maiden AFC Cup appearance next year with team owner Dan Palami hoping that a strong performance will further open doors for more Filipino clubs  competing in the continental level.
Grouped with the finest clubs from Burma (Myanmar), Hong Kong and Malaysia, Global faces an uphill climb to survive the group stage of the competition which will be a double-round, home-and-away format starting March.
Global is coming off a banner season in the United Football League, winning the league in convincing fashion and prevailing in the FA Charity Cup. But Global lost to upstart Ceres La Salle FC in the FA League Cup finals last month.
Ceres, as Smart National Club champion, is also entered in the AFC Cup, but the Bacolod side will need to go through a playoff for the last berth in the East zone.
“It is not just being crowned as champions of the Philippines that matters now. It is also the chance to represent your club in the Asian region,” said Palami.
Palami hopes that the AFC Cup participation will challenge local clubs to become even more competitive.
“This is a good opportunity, not just for Global but for all the clubs as well because the door has been opened for our participation in the AFC Cup,” said Palami.
“We have the growth of clubs also to complement (the success of the Azkals), this will be the best formula for the improvement of Philippine football.”
Global participated in the AFC President’s Cup last year, but crashed out of the group stage.
“The Asian level is a different level.  You cannot be complacent and be comfortable with your domestic achievements,” said Palami.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/170142/uphill-climb-for-global-fc-in-afc-cup#ixzz3MK6f7FH9

18 December 2014

FIFA World Ranking December

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PFF rules out Dooley as U-23 mentor

By Cedelf P.Tupas

The Philippine Football Federation yesterday ruled out national team coach Thomas Dooley as mentor of the Under-23 side competing in the Philippine contingent in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.
PFF general secretary Edwin Gastanes said the federation will be tapping a different coaching staff that will solely focus on the SEA Games team.
Former Azkals coach Michael Weiss handled the last SEA Games side that won only one match and crashed out during the group stage in the 2011 edition in Indonesia.
“It was a mistake and we’ve learned our lesson,” said Gastanes of the decision of having the senior team coach also handling the Under-23 side. “There should be another coach who should just focus on the Under-23 team.”
Another reason why the PFF wants a separate coaching staff is the fact that both the SEA Games competition and World Cup Qualifying will run almost on the same dates in June.
After missing out on the 2013 event in Myanmar, the chef de mission Julian Camacho announced last week that a team will be sent this time with at least eight members of the Azkals within the age requirement. The PFF has already submitted an initial list of 50 players for the competition.
“We already submitted documents and have also been attending meetings,” said Gastanes. “We hope that we are able to send a team this time.”
This year’s SEA Games squad, Gastanes said, will be culled from the Under-22 team coached by Australian Jim Fraser as well as a few members of the senior side who are within the age limit, including Daisuke Sato and Amani Aguinaldo.
The Under-22 team which is also preparing for an AFC competition next year underwent training in Japan last month.
“We will appoint a coaching staff and management team soon so preparations can really take off,” said Gastanes.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/170090/pff-rules-out-dooley-as-u-23-mentor#ixzz3MCQMzsTx

16 December 2014

Palami and Dooley issue challenge to Azkals, say winning a trophy will prove them worthy of Fifa ranking

By Karlo Sacamos
THE Philippines may be on top of the Southeast Asian football scene on paper, but it remains to be seen on the field. That was proven once again in the Philippines recent Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup campaign where they missed out on a finals berth for third straight time, and team manager Dan Palami stressed that the ranking won’t matter without a title. “Until we get that Cup, we will be a potential Asean football power,” Palami said. “There’s nothing like the Cup to prove that we are indeed are a force to reckon with.” The top-ranked squad in the region at 128th, the Filipino booters bowed to lower-ranked squads in the AFF Cup. “Fifa ranking is never really a measurement of where a team is staying because you don’t play the same games,” Azkals coach Thomas Dooley admitted. “Some play more, some less, some against stronger teams, some against weaker teams.” Although they dispatched 159th-ranked Laos, 4-1, and 157th-ranked Indonesia, 4-0, in the group stage, the Azkals suffered disappointing defeats at the hands of 138th-ranked Vietnam, 3-0, in their final group stage match, and 144th-ranked Thailand, 3-0, on aggregate, in the semifinals. In a more glaring example last May, the Filipinos footballers lost 1-0 to a Palestine side that was ranked 165th in the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup finale that enabled the country from the middle east to make a huge leap in the ranks to 94th. The Azkals also suffered a 3-2 extra-time loss to Myanmar in the Philippine Peace Cup virtual finale three months ago. The Azkals have played more friendlies compared to their Asean neighbors in preparation for the Suzuki Cup, greatly factoring in their current ranking. “But Fifa ranking doesn’t really show which team is better, which team is not,” Dooley said, although he believes the Filipino booters are on the right track. “The development we had so far is okay,” the German-American mentor said. “I think you can Bmove to a certain level where it’s a little bit more difficult.” “We just have to work harder to get to the next level,” he added. “Everything has to be a little bit faster. Every decision has to be made a little bit different and the urgency we have in the back has to be developed.”

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Phl Azkals build up for int’l campaigns

By Olmin Leyba
MANILA, Philippines - While the Philippine Azkals look ahead to vying in next year’s  Fifa World Cup qualifiers, the nation’s under-23 squad will also embark on their own tough mission aimed at the Rio Olympics.
The U-23 Azkals will compete in the qualifiers for the AFC U-23 Championship 2016, the designated qualifying meet in Asia for the Olympiad in Rio.
They will have their hands full in the group qualifiers slated March 2015, though, as they found themselves bracketed in Group G along with North Korea, Southeast Asian power Thailand, and Cambodia after last week’s official draw.
The winners of the 10 groups, as well as the five best second-placers and host Qatar will advance to the tournament proper in January 2016. The top three teams in the main event of the AFC U-23 tilt will move on to the 2016 Olympiad.
The Pinoy booters (U21 team) last played in the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy (HBT) in Brunei, where they posted four points on a win, a draw and two losses. Last month, the squad coached by Australian Jim Fraser underwent training for 15 days at Osaka’s J-Green training facilities.
The Azkals will begin their World Cup quest in June 2015 yet in the first round of the qualification tilt.
The draw for the 40-nation field will be held April 2015, with teams divided into eight groups of five.
Under the new format, the Azkals expect to play four home games, giving them the needed boost from their supporters.
Meanwhile, Filipino clubs Global FC and Ceres La Salle FC will also see action internationally in 2015 at the AFC Cup, the continent’s second tier tourney for clubs.
Global FC, the United Football League (UFL) champs, was awarded a berth in Group G, where they take on either Yadnarbon or Yangon United of Myanmar, South China of Hong Kong, and Pahang FA of Malaysia.
Ceres, the UFL FA Cup holders, was granted a slot in playoff/preliminary round. The Bacolod-based club will dispute a berth in Group E  with Mayiza Sports and Recreation of Maldives in February 2015.

AFC U23 Qualifiers : Thailand hosting Group G

Thailand will be hosting  Group G in AFC U23 Championship  - Qualifiers

To be played from March 21 to 31

Teams : Thailand , PHILIPPINES, North Korea and Cambodia

The ten group winners and best five runners-up from all groups qualified for the final tournament.