THE Negros Occidental Football Association (Nofa) headed by former fourth district representative Carlos Cojuangco will kick off its Under-9 A-aside football festival competition in Cadiz City on August 8, according to the association’s master plan for 2009-2010 released recently to members of sports media. The “Seeds to Sow” U-9 festival involves boys and girls playing together in a team with the next area competition slated September 12 in Hinigaran, and to complete the provincewide competitions the Bacolod leg will be staged on October 24.
The provincial finals of the U-9 league will be staged in Bago City at the Manuel Torres Memorial Sports Complex where the NOFA headquarters is also located.
THE University of the Philippines (UP) in Mindanao came up with a huge win in the resumption of the Davao FA Women's Open Tournament at the Tionko grounds Saturday. UP crushed Seagull Football Club (FC), 7-1, with Neil Carla Comendador and Ellen Cuizon scoring a hat-trick each. Comendador scored in the 20th, 30th and 62nd minutes, while Cuizon scored in the 23rd, 25th and 26th. Teammate Krishna Hernandez added a goal in the 40th.
Janewar Cuizon found the net in the 51st for Seagull that dropped further at the bottom of the team standing with two straight losses in the meet organized by the Davao Football Association (DFA). The Lady Knight FC, meanwhile, stretched its lead after posting a 5-0 shutout of Philippine Women's College (PWC) in the first game.Lady Knights Lomalyn Fama (seventh, 55th), Merlo Albano (32nd, 41st) and Kim Maligad (51st) called the shots for the team that had earned a total of six points by sweeping its past two games. The five-team soccer tournament will resume on Saturday. Save Our Souls (SOS) is also seeing action in the meet. (MLSA)
MANILA: Cyril V. Dofitas has been appointed the General Secretary of the Philippine Football Federation, starting on July 22. Dofitas was appointed Acting General Secretary of PFF on February 25, 2009 and his rise to General Secretary was confirmed by PFF President Jose Mari C. Martinez in a letter to AFC.
KUALA LUMPUR: The 2012 Olympic Football Tournament qualifiers for Asian countries has been postponed until age eligibility issues are resolved. The competition was scheduled for February 2010 but AFC now expects it to start after September 2010 or February 2011. World governing body FIFA is now in the process of establishing age eligibility rules for the tournament. Once the criteria have been confirmed, AFC will inform Member Associations of the revised dates.
Source : afc.com
Comment : Normally the Olympic qualifiers are for U23 NT , but in finals the teams can add three overaged players. Philippines did not participate in 2008 Olympic qualifiers.
ASIAN Football Confederation (AFC) competitions committee head Michelle Chai was in Bacolod City last weekend to inspect the Panaad Sports complex football field. The field was said to be a possible venue for future international competitions, particularly the bid of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) to host the Asian Under-16 boys’ football championship in October this year.
THE Philippine Football Federation (PFF) confirmed last weekend that preparations are underway for the holding of a series of competitions between a Visayas Selection and a Manila Selection in Bacolod City in September. The goodwill matches between the Manila-based lady booters and their Visayas counterparts composed of standouts from Bacolod, San Carlos, Iloilo, Dumaguete and Cebu, among others, will be used by the PFF as a basis for the formation of the national women’s Under-16 team which will represent the country international and regional competitions.
This developed as EVFC president Junie Martin told sports mediamen last Friday during a press conference at the Luxur Hotel that they have challenged the PFF leadership to give equal opportunities for booters who are Manila-based as well as talents from the provinces to showcase their skills whenever the PFF is in the process of forming the composition of the various national teams.
“We’ve always believed that there are enough talents in the provinces, especially in the so-called football region of the Visayas who deserve to be named to the national teams if only they are given the right opportunity to showcase their skills. So, we’ve asked them (PFF) to allow our players (the Visayas Selection) to play against a Manila Selection in September, and whichever team prevails will be given the opportunity to form the women’s national U16 team, and they (PFF) agreed,” said Lizares.
During last Friday’s press conference, PFF president Jose Mari Martinez also lauded the efforts of EVFC in hosting the festival. “We believe there is so much football stakeholders of women’s football in this part of the country can do for the development of the game and the PFF recognizes these efforts as a big boost to the goals of PFF in this regard,” Martinez said. (HCV)
THREE seeded teams stood out from among over 30 squads who competed in the Executive Village Football Club 7-aside Invitational Football Festival last Saturday at the Panaad Sports & Recreational Park pitch in Barangay Mansilingan. In the Under-13 category, Barotac Nuevo FC finished as second runner-up, followed by San Carlos City FC as first runner-up while Giuseppi FC-Cebu emerged as champion.
In the Under-16 division, U16 Team Philippines took second runner-up honors, followed by FC de Pontevedra as first runner-up while host Executive Village Football Club went home with the champion’s trophy.
Meanwhile, in the centerpiece Women’s Open category, Foundation University of Dumaguete City finished as second runner-up, followed by U16 Team Philippines while University of St. La Salle Alumnae, mentored by Ronnie Tornilla, pocketed the champion’s trophy. The champion U13 team from Cebu was mentored by Richard Montayre and named most valuable player of the division was Ann Ugarte.
Named as MVP of the champion U16 team EVFC was Aina Martin while the team was coached by Warren Concepcion assisted by Rinelle De Oca and Junjun Valderama.
The one-day football festival which drew the participation of teams coming from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Dumaguete, San Carlos as well as other cities and towns in Negros Occidental was witnessed by top officials from Fifa, the world governing body for football.
KUALA LUMPUR: The AFC Competitions Committee has decided to use the present qualification format for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.The top five teams from the 2010 FIFA World Cup will be given direct entry into the third round while the remaining 38 teams will play home and away in the opening round.The 11 highest-ranked teams from the second round will be given direct entry into the third round while the lowest eight teams will qualify for Round 2.After playing home-and-away in the second round, four winners will join the top five teams and 11 qualifiers in the third round where they will be divided into five groups of four teams each.The winners and runners of each group will qualify for the final round where the 10 teams will be divided into two groups of five teams each. The group winners and runners-up will make it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup while the third-placed team in each group will play home-and-away for the fifth place.
Comment : Philippines withdrew from the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, hopefully they will NOT do the same for 2014 Qualifiers. This qualification system would mean maybe only two matches for Philippines, they could meet a team like Iran or Iraq in First round, if lucky a much weaker team.
First qualifying matches will probably be in 2011.
THE Seagull Football Club (FC) collides with the Ateneo de Davao University when the Davao FA Women's Open Tournament 200 kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tionko Football grounds. Davao Football Association (DFA) secretary-general Erwin Protacio Friday said in an e-mail that the main match set at 4 p.m. will pit the Philippine Women's College (PWC) against the Save Our Souls (SOS) Children's Village.
"It will be a double round-robin league where the team with the highest points wins the championship," Protacio said. The University of the Philippines (UP) in Mindanao is also entered in the meet that aims to promote women in sports and provide a venue for competition for lady booters to improve their skills. Protacio, meanwhile, added that Columbia will try to stretch its lead when it battles Seagull in the resumption of the Acer Under-23 Football League Saturday. Both teams are featured in the 3:30 p.m. game. Columbia led the team standing with three wins, one draw and no zero loss while 0-2-2 Seagull has yet to score a win in the double round robin event. The 8 a.m. curtain raiser is a clash between current second placer 3-0-1 Medvil and cellar dweller 0-1-3 Kilusang Magkaibigan Multi-purpose Cooperative (KMMPC).
ANOTHER exciting football event awaits Negrense boot fans when the 2009 Women's 7-aside Invitational Football Festival gets staged at the Panaad Sports & Recreational Park pitch on Saturday, July 18. The event is organized and hosted by the Executive Village Football Club in cooperation with the Province of Negros Occidental, City of Bacolod and the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).
Competition in this event will be in three categories-13-Under girls, 16-Under ladies and Women's Open.
The participating teams from Negros Occidental are as follows: San Carlos City FC, victories City FC, St. Mary Mazarello-Victorias, Minulu-an-Talisay FC, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College-Talisay, University of St. La Salle, USLS Alumnae, Rizal Elementary School, Andres Bonifacio Elementary School FC, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (Bacolod), St. Benilde Integrated School, Handumanan United FC, Tangub Christian Academy, Domingo Lacson National High School, Negros Occidental High School, Bago City FC, FC de Pontevedra, La Carlota City FC, Himamaylan City FC and Kabankalan City FC.
The invited teams from the Negros Oriental Football Association (Norfa) are Silliman University, Dumaguete City FC and Foundation University.
The Iloilo Football Association teams are: Barotac Nuevo FC, Sta. Barbara FC, and Municipality of Guimbal.
The Cebu Football Association teams are: GECIFI and Sacred Heart of Cebu
The Manila team is Miriam College.
Highlighting the event is the participation of the Team Philippines Under-16 Ladies Team which will represent the country in the forthcoming Asian U-16 Ladies Qualifiers slated this November.
PETALING JAYA (9 July 2009) – The Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-16 Championship which was supposed to be held in Bangkok next month has been postponed.The championship, which was designed to serve as a tune-up for the AFC Championship qualifiers later in the year, was scheduled to take place at the Rajamangala Stadium on 6-19 August 2009.According to an official letter to the AFF from the FA of Thailand (FAT) which was signed by Ong-Arj Kosinkar, the general secretary, the reason for the postponement was due to the growing concern over the A(H1N1) flu in the country.
source : aseanfootball.org
ASEAN U19 Championship in Vietnam will go as planned from 4. August
KUALA LUMPUR: The AFC Futsal Championship Indonesia 2010 – Asean Zone Qualifiers, will be held from February 13-18 next year in Jakarta. The draw for the tournament is scheduled for 22 July 2009, at 11.30am, at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur. The eight countries taking part, by Asian ranking, are: Australia (5th), Malaysia (10th), Indonesia (11th), Vietnam (18th), Brunei (21st), Cambodia (NA), Myanmar (NA) and Philippines (NA). The teams will be divided into two groups of four.