The United Football League 2016 season kicks off Feb. 6 with 12 teams, including defending champion Kaya FC, vying for the prestigious UFL Cup at Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Unlike last season when the season started with the staging of the league competition, the UFL gets going with the group stage of the Cup, the draw of which is slated on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
With 12 teams in the field, there will be two groups of six teams with the Top 4 from each bracket advancing to the knockout stage.
Kaya ruled the UFL Cup last season by defeating league champion Ceres-La Salle in the finals last August.
Victory in the UFL Cup handed Kaya a berth in the AFC Cup, along with Ceres which also gained a spot in the continental tournament after capturing the league title early last year.
The UFL has compressed the field this season with second division teams merging with the top-flight for a 12-team cast. Global, the league winner in 2014, is also expected to contend for the crown along with Loyola Meralco and Stallion. Green Archers hope to build on their strong showing last season.
Other clubs seeing action include second division winners JP Voltes and Laos as well as former division two clubs Agila, Nomads and Pasargad.
Starting this season, the league will be applying the AFC rule that allows each club to have four foreigners in the lineup for gameday, including one Asian player.
Games will still be aired over Aksyon TV. Ticket prizes is still pegged at P100 with students, senior citizens and PWDs free of charge.