Submitted by Cyrus Garde
San Carlos City will host the 2013 PFF-Suzuki U23 National Cup Regional Visayas Qualifying Rounds at San Julio Realty football field in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental on April 15 to 19, 2013.
Three (3) football associations in the Visayas; Iloilo Football Association, Negros Occidental Football Association and Cebu Football Association will send their respective teams for the said tournament. They will play a double round robin with the top two teams to advance to the final qualifying rounds on May 20 to 25 with the top two teams from Luzon and Mindanao with the winners to advance to the semifinals on May 27 to 28 and the finals on May 30 to 31, 2013 all in Cebu City.
Cyril Dofitas, Philippine Football Federation Secretary General and competition department head said that other teams in Luzon and Mindanao are having their own regional qualifying. In Luzon on April 8 to 13, 2013 at UP, Los Baños, Laguna with three teams and Mindanao on April 15 to 20, 2013 at Davao City.
Competing for Luzon are Masbate Football Association, Laguna Football Association and Baguio-Benguet Football Association.
For Mindanao are North Cotabato Football Association, Iligan-Lanao Del Norte Football Association, Davao Football Association and Zamboanga Dipolog Football Association.
Dofitas added that in the finals, the teams will be bracketed into two groups but no team from the same region will be in the same group. They will play in a double round robin with home-and-away format in the semifinals and finals.
Suzuki General Manager on Automobile Sales and Marketing Division Shuzo Hoshikura, Dofitas met recently with San Carlos City Mayor Hon. Gerardo P. Valmayor Jr., who fully supports the hosting of the qualifiers and assured the Philippine Football Federation that the City will assist to whatever needs on the 2013 Suzuki U23 qualifiers.
Dofitas on the other hand, expressed thanks to Suzuki for supporting the PFF in the U23 category and giving a venue for competitions, this will be a big help on the technical side on scouting of players as preparation for this year’s South East Asian Games.*
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