The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has issued license for the eight participating clubs in the Philippines Football League (PFL) ahead of the 2018 season in accordance with the PFF Club Licensing Regulations.
All eight clubs were invited to apply for the PFF license which grants admission to play in the PFF Club competition 2018 season and AFC Cup competition 2018 season; and AFC License which grants admission to play in the AFC Champions League 2018 season.
All eight clubs submitted their application and were granted license to participate in the upcoming Philippines Football League season 2018 by the PFF First Instance Body (FIB). The FIB is an independent decision making body that grants license.
The top four teams currently in the League standing, namely: Ceres Negros FC, Global Cebu FC, Kaya FC Makati, and FC Meralco Manila were also granted the AFC License. The four remaining clubs: Davao Aguilas FC, Ilocos United FC, JPV Marikina FC, and Stallion Laguna FC only applied for the PFF license, which also has provisions for participation in the AFC Cup. Clubs will be nominated for the AFC club competitions 2018 season based on criteria set by the AFC and PFF, which includes, inter alia, sporting merit and number of slots allocated.
This was the first time that the PFL clubs used the AFC Club Licensing System (AFC CLAS). The Club Licensing Managers from the respective clubs attended seminars conducted by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the PFF last July, and with FIFA, underlining the importance of club licensing, last August.
Philippines Football League Chief Executive Officer Lazarus Jansen Xavier congratulated the eight PFL clubs that were granted the license.
“All eight clubs had worked very hard to ensure compliance and meet the Club Licensing criteria which includes: sporting; infrastructure; personnel and administrative; legal and financial criteria. The Club Licensing system is a tool to professionalize Club football and serves to benefit all football stakeholders,” he said.
The quest to clinch a spot in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 will have to wait for another day.
The Philippines settled for a 0-0 draw against Nepal in Match Day 5 of the Asian Cup Qualifiers last Tuesday 14 November 2017 at the ANFA Complex in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Playing to win and clinch a berth to the Asian Cup, the Azkals were held by the Nepal. With the draw, the Philippines remained on top of Group F with 9 points.
The Philippines dominated in the first half, but were unable to convert their chances into goals. Curt Dizon and Mike Ott went close in the 35th minute. Dizon’s shot after a run from the right flank was denied by the goalkeeper, Ott was there to fire the rebound but was unable to put enough power to the shot.
Phil Younghusband had a chance to slot home another rebound in the 61st minute. Simone Rota saw his first time strike from outside saved before the Azkals skipper fired it wide.
Carlie De Murga almost won it for the Philippines late on. The defender jumped for the header but could only send his effort to the post and out.
The Philippines will have a last chance to qualify for the Asian Cup when they play Tajikistan in home soil on 27 March 2018. That game now looks to be the biggest in recent history as a loss will probably result in a failure to qualify in the Asian Cup in 2019.”