by Edson J. Bañares
ILOILO CITY, JULY 29 (PIA) – SMART Communications Sports Head Patrick Gregorio formally launched the first PFF SMART clubs championships at a press conference held July 29 here.
Gregorio said that Smart Communications, Inc. is doing this in cooperation in with the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) to promote football following the resurgence of the sport featuring the Philippine Azkals.
Eight teams coming from Bagiuo, Davao, Iligan, Iloilo, Leyte, two teams from the National Capital Region, the Pachanga Football Club (FC) and Technika FC, and one team from Rizal are vying for the club championship.
Out of the eight teams which are scheduled to play on August 9 - 13, four teams will play simultaneously in Barotac Viejo, Iloilo and the CPU Football ground, and these are the teams coming from Davao, Iloilo, Pachanga and Bagiuo.
The other teams coming from Iligan, Leyte, Technika FC and the San Beda FC of Rizal will play against each other at the Palaez Sports Complex in Cagayan de Oro on the same date.
The top two teams coming from tournament in Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro will compete in Manila for the semifinals round.
And for the finals, whoever will win in at the semis, each have a chance to play in their hometown to be become the first PFF SMART clubs champion.
Gregorio added that they deem this the best way to promote football that is to launch a club championship wherein regional champion teams compete against each other. (JSC/EJB-PIA 6)