CEBU, Philippines - The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has given the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) a high mark of eight in a scale of 10 being the highest.
FIFA senior development manager Mike Pfister clarified that the rating is mainly on PFF's governance.
"What people mostly underestimate is the complexity of football. It's not what only happens in the pitch,but also off the pitch,' said Pfister in an interview at Shangri-la's Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City yesterday.
"FIFA in 2012 did a strategic review of the PFF, to give some concrete steps, actions to follow in a couple of years and actually a lot of those things recommended were implemented," said Pfister.
In details, Pfister said a lot has been done with governance and the technical structure in place. The performance of the national team has also improved as against how it was five years ago.
"You have to look at where it came from. Look at it five years ago, I think you've (PFF) gone very, very far," added Pfister.
The challenge now for PFF, said Pfister, is how to sustain the momentum of popularity of football in the country and the establishment of a nationwide league.
"We know football is not the no.1 sports in the Philippines. It's not being no.1, no.2 or pushing other sports out, but its just raising the sporting culture within the culture," Pfister said.
To make it more popular at the same time have more potential players for the national team, PFF needs to put up a regular league not only for a few clubs that concentrated in Manila, but for all provinces and regions.
"The league has to be played all over the country and regularly. Around eight to nine months. The Philippines is not there yet," said Pfister.
In doing so, FIFA will assist PFF in coming up with an elaborate strategic plans covering all areas as well as provide technical assistance and in looking for ways for all regions to cooperate.
There is no shortcut to developing football, it takes a lot of hardwork that PFF needs to push further.
"Football, at the end of the day, is not developed on an ivory tower of a federation, but it is developed in the provinces, in the regions," said Pfister.— (FREEMAN)
CEBU, Philippines - It's final. The Cebu Football Association and probationary member Bohol Football Association will now form the Cebu Visayas Regional Football Association.
This came after the Philippine Football Federation reconfigured its membership. The move was ratified during the PFF Board of Governors meeting over the weekend at Shangrila's Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.
"PFF required them to transform themselves from provincial to regional because worldwide, they are called regional (FA's)," said PFF general secretary Edwin Gastanes.
PFF is allowed to have 66 members, half of which will come from the regional association while the other half will be from the national club members, referee groups, women's football, beach soccer, coaches group, futsal and possibly the players group.
With that, everyone will already be represented and have equal footing in the PFF Board.
As such, CFA will now cease to exist while Bohol FA, which wanted to keep its identity, will also have to dissolve its group and abide by what FIFA says.
Siquijor, on the other hand, will be with Negros Oriental due to its strategic location even if it is under Central Visayas.
Half of PFF's member associations have already transformed themselves into a regional group.
"Central Visayas reconstituted itself. The Cebu-Bohol statutes have already been revised and approved. All we need to do is hold a general assembly," said CFA president Ricky Dakay.
The Cebu and Bohol general assembly is set next month most likely in Cebu. (FREEMAN)
CEBU, Philippines - Philippine Azkals team manager Dan Palami is highly optimistic that the national team will eventually make its first finals appearance, if not win a historic title, when the country co-hosts the Asian Football Federation (AFF) Championships also known as the Suzuki Cup this November.
'We are aiming for the finals. We need to do better than what we did in the last three editions. It's always been the semifinals, but we've never been to the finals. So, we'll take it one step at a time. If we go to the finals, then it's a big achievement for us. But of course, we always aim for the title everytime we play. Let's see," said Palami in an interview with sportswriters at Shangrila's Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City yesterday.
With most of the Azkals already in the country playing under different clubs in the United Football League (UFL), Palami said reaching the finals is achievable.
'Most of the players are Philippine-based now. It's a big help to them in terms of conditioning," he said.
In their last three of 11 appearances in the biennial event, the Azkals could only make it to the last four. In 2010 held in Bangkok, they were ousted by Indonesia via a 1-0 decision. They suffered the same beating at the hands of Singapore in 2012 and were trounced by Thailand, 3-0, two years ago.
This year, the Azkals will co-host the tournamernt for the first time.
Making the Azkals more upbeat in their quest for a landmark finals entry is the presence of young guns in their lineup in the mold of Juan Luis Guirado, Paul Mulders, and Jerry Lucena.
'I think a lot of the young players have shown a lot of promise. Not just potential, but they are actually playing well. Players like Manny Aguinaldo has shown to be a good replacement in the central defender position. The departure of some veterans have motivated the young bloods to step up," said Palami.
'Medyo balanced ang team ngayon. We just have to work on the depth of the bench.Kasi after Manny, we'll have to look for somebody who can play for that position or maybe an even stronger player.'
After a two-week rest, the Azkals gears up for several friendly matches. Next month, they will tackle Australia's Perth Glory in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
In August, the Azkals, who slipped to 120th in the world rankings, will take on Kyrgyzstan at the latter's turf. On its way to Kyrgyzstan, Palami revealed, they might face North Korea also for tune-up in Beijing, China instead of Singapore's national squad.
Thailand remains the toughest team to beat in the Suzuki Cup, but Palami is confident on their chances.
"I think we are a much different team right now. We have gained a lot of maturity. The players that are coming in may be used to the Southeast Asian style, but their maturity is on a high division level," said Palami. — (FREEMAN)
MANILA (19 June 2016) – With just over a month to go to the AFF Women’s Championship in Myanmar, the Philippines have already got down to work as they streamlined a total of 48 players from trials that were conducted at the Rizal Memorial Stadium last week.
Other than standouts from Season 78 and the PFF Women’s Championship in 2015, the trials also saw overseas players like Heather Cooke, Hanna Parado, Camille Wilson among others making the cut.
The team is under Letecia ‘Buda’ Bautista and also assistance from PFF technical director Aris Caslib and PFF coaching education department head Marlon Maro.
Preparations will enter the month-long camp proper on 25 June 25, where around 30 players will be selected to be part of the pool.
The AFF Women’s Championship in Mandalay, Myanmar will take place on 26 July to 4 August.
THE 18th season of the prestigious Aboitiz Football Cup is set to unfold on Aug. 28 at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC) football pitch.
The tournament will have competitions in seven-aside, nine-aside and 11-aside formats. It will have 15 divisions: under-7, under nine, under-11, under-13 boys and girls, under-15 boys and girls, under-18 boys and girls, under-23 boys, inter-BPO open, inter-company open, ladies open, men’s open and 38-above.
Cebu Football Association (CFA) president Rico Navarro said this year’s tournament will be co-presented by Aboitizland and will be held in various venues around Cebu. The venues are the San Roque Parish football field, University of San Carlos-Talamban and Cebu City Sports Center.
Last year, the longest running football tournament in the Visayas region drew more than a hundred teams but CFA is expecting to draw more as teams from Bohol, Siquijor and Dumaguete City are likely to join.
This is because CFA is adapting the initiative of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) to form regional-wide football associations. In fact, starting August, CFA will be known as the Central Visayas Football Association.
MANILA--Robert Mendy capped his first UFL match against his former club with a brace as Kaya pipped GAU, 5-1, in the nightcap of the Sunday triple-header at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Mendy's goals in the 80th minute and the first minute of stoppage time capped Kaya's second half assault to stay in early league title contention.
The scoring actually began with two penalties as OJ Porteria struck a spot kick a little over a half-hour in before Louis Clark tallied the other penalty goal in the 59th minute, sparking Kaya's late splash.
Woody Ugarte found the goal for Kaya's third goal in the 75th minute before Mendy scored his new club's fourth goal.
Paul Salahit scored one goal back for GAU in the 84th minute, but Mendy made sure he will get the last laugh with the game-ending strike.
Kaya is now three points behind the three-way tie at the top between Ceres, Loyola, and Global. Kaya, however, has a better goal difference than Loyola and Global, which could play a factor if the four teams end up tied in first spot.
Ten-man Ceres-La Salle FC came from a goal down at the half to score a come-from-behind win to beat JP Voltes FC 4-2 last June 18 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Stephan Shröck, Orman Okunaiya, and Patrick Reichelt combined in a five-minute blitz in the second half to retake the lead and secure the win for the defending champions.
Ceres started off well when ace striker Adrian Gallardo converted an Okunaiya assist to score the opener in the 6th minute. The Negros-based squad would push for more but their chances were denied by the keeper. The Japan-Philippines squad had a resurgence midway in the first half when Takumi Uesato hit the crossbar off a free kick in the 25th minute. Their persistence were rewarded five minutes after when William Espinosa chipped the ball over Louie Casas to score the equalizer.
The Busmen would be in trouble in the 36th minute after Gallardo was given a straight red after a crunching challenge on defender Peter Fadrigalan. Voltes would take advantage in injury time when Uesato scored another off a counterattack to putting his squad ahead. The half would finish with JP Voltes leading 2-1.
Ceres came off the halftime break with the eagarness to score the equalizer and they were successful with just five minutes in with a Shröcky strike. Okuinaya would score the go-ahead goal after heading in a Shrock assist in the 63rd minute. Reichelt would then make it four after converting an Okuinaya cross to complete the comeback just a minute later.
JP Voltes would attempt their own comeback in the hour mark when Uesato was fouled by Casas in the penalty box. The Japanese striker stepped in for the penalty but Casas was there to make the all-important save and maintain the advantage. The rest of the match saw both teams with their own chances but Ceres secured the 4-2 win at full time.
The win pushed Ceres-La Salle at the top of the standings, leading Global and Loyola in goal difference, with Global having a game in hand. They will face Kaya FC on June 25 before leaving for the Singapore Cup quarterfinals where they will fave Brunei DPMM.
This time it’s the senior women’s national team entering competition at the ASEAN Football Federation’s Women’s Championship in Mandalay, Myanmar which will take place from July 26 to August 4, 2016. The Philippines is grouped with Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand; while hosts Myanmar, Malaysia, Timor Leste and guest team Australia U-20 round out the rest of the competition.
Tryouts were conducted last Monday to Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium with 48 players showing up on the last day. All UAAP teams were well represented including Season 78 standouts invited by the PFF. From the reigning UAAP champions University of the Philippines: MVP Molly Manalansan, Captain Cristina De Los Reyes, Mary Rose Obra, Christille Mae Ardiente and Aira Agustin took part. From De La Salle University: Captain and Season 78 top keeper Inna Palacios, Season 78 top striker Shannon Arthur, Season 78 top rookie Sara Castañeda, Season 78 top defender Regine Metillo, Irish Navaja, Kyla Inquig and Mary Cristine Duran showed up. From Ateneo de Manila: Antonette Amoncio, Isabella Sabio, Martie Bautista, Cathy Cabrera, Pam Diaz and Kimberlee Jimenez made their presence felt. From Far Eastern University: Captain Alesa Dolino, Portia Acibar, Kimberly Pariña, Zhyrelle Lou Belluga and Hazel Arce attended. From University of Sto. Tomas: Captain Chanda Solite, Jennizel Cabalan, Niña Acuña and Rachelle Sanchez Labajo tried out as well.
Notable absences include the Huff sisters from U.P., Marie and Kali, who are sidelined by knee injuries sustained from Season 78, same with Ateneo captain Camille Rodriguez. Other invited players who failed to make the tryouts are currently at their home provinces for the summer break or on vacation.
Other than the collegiate players, among those also present at the tryouts were notable members from the PFF Women’s Cup last year such as Green Archers United’s Haya Ibarra, Marianne Narciso, Miel Ampil and Milka Romero, Sikat F.C.’s Natasha Alquiros, Lea Tanton and Amanda Fernandez, Chelsea F.C. S.S.’s Joma Clemente, Mea Bernal and Mara Sabanal, Lady Tamaraw F.C.’s Analou Amita and Mae Copiat Sullano. A few players from the UFL U-17 Ladies also turned up such as Forza FC’s Anicka Castañeda and Loyola Meralco Sparks’ Anne-Marie Dimanche.
Players from overseas were also in attendance headlined by long time national team veteran Heather Cooke. Hanna Parado, Camille Wilson, Claire Lim, Shelby Salvacion, Krystal de Ramos, Caitlyn Kreutz, Hali Long and Patricia Tomanon make up the rest of the North American group with Sidra Bugsch, Chandler McDaniel and Sara Urbano expected to join up soon. These players were selected from a separate camp.
The tryouts were overseen by senior women’s national team head coach Letecia “Buda” Bautista, with occasional assistance from PFF technical director Aris Caslib, PFF coaching education department head Marlon Maro, coach Patrice Impelido, coach Merlie Acibar, and coach Isabella Fernando. Tune-up games for the players who attended the tryouts are being scheduled and will take place this coming week. The preparations will enter the month-long camp proper on June 25, where around 30 players will be selected to be part of the pool.
Ceres-La Salle FC will battle upstart JP Voltes on June 18, Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The Bacolod squad is coming off a 10-0 win against Forza FC midweek and are keen to continue the momentum against the Japan-Philippines club.
Both teams haven’t met in an official match since the infusion of new players in Voltes which includes former Ceres players Camelo Tacusalme, J Baguioro, and Lemuel Unabia. The trio are currently on loan in the JP squad and have contributed heavily to their good performance highlighted by the 0-0 draw against Stallion last week.
Ceres will gun for its fifth straight victory, gathering momentum as tougher games await towards the end of the first round. The Busmen are currently in second with 12 points, only leading Loyola on goal difference. The match with JP Voltes will kickoff at 4pm with the delayed telecast airing on Sunday June 19 at Aksyon TV.
Young female footballers in the Visayas region are invited to tryout for the Philippine U-16 National Football Team from June 24 to 26 at the Panaad Park and Stadium. The Philippines is hoping to form the best possible team to compete in the 2017 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship qualifiers, scheduled from August 27 to September 4, this year. Tryouts will be conducted from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on June 24; two sessions on June 25, 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on June 26. In order to be eligible, players must have been born between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2003. The official draw for the qualifiers was completed last month. The Philippines will be playing in Group B, alongside South Korea, India, Malaysia, the Northern Marianas Islands, and Lebanon. Tryouts in Luzon are scheduled for early next month./
The Ceres-La Salle Football Club will be tapping the services of Azkals campaigner, Filipino-German goalkeeper Roland Mueller to strengthen its lineup in the UFL League.
Ceres club administrator Nicolas Golez said they are still in the process of finalizing the details of Mueller's inclusion to the team and the status of present keepers Michael Casas and Eduard Sacapano.
Information of Mueller's joining the Busmen was posted yesterday by the Ultras Ceres, the fan group of the team, in its facebook account.
“IT'S CONFIRMED!!!Another Azkal Player will be an additional to this squad. Fil-German Roland Mueller is coming next month to play for the team in the second round of the UFL Season.” was posted in the Ultras Ceres social media account.
The 28-year-old Mueller plays for Étoile Carouge FC, a Swiss football team based in Carouge, and currently on loan from Servette FC and the Philippine national team.
Born in Cologne, Germany, Mueller started playing football in his hometown club, Koln and later went on to play for Duisburg in 2.Bundesliga.
He joined the Azkals in 2011 and wore the Philippine colors in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.
Mueller's entry into the Ceres-La Salle team was announced on the heels of Filipino-Spanish Juani Guirado's departure from the team.
Guirado announced his retirement Saturday after the Busmen routed Pasargad FC, 16-0, in the UFL League.
The team is scheduled to today at 4 p.m. against Forza and against the JP Voltes FC on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Complex.
Ceres presently occupied the third spot in the team standings of the League with Global at No. 1 and JP JP Voltes at No. 2.*NAB
At least 60 teams will see action in the 2nd Environmental 7-a-Side Football Festival scheduled at the Sta. Maria Football Field in Talisay City on June 18 and 19.
The tournament will be held as a highlight of the Environment Month celebration, said Olive Seruelo, information officer of the Provincial Environment Management Office, organizer of the event along with the Negros Occidental Football Association.
The tournament will be held in cooperation with the Dynamic Builders Solid Waste Management Department and the Provincial Sports Office.
Ronald Allan Treyes, NOFA secretary-general, said the tournament will be played in four categories -- U17 girls, U13 boys, U 11 boys and U9 mixed.
Treyes said 20 teams each are playing in the boys' U11 and U13 groups, 12 teams in girls' U17 and eight squads in U9 mixed. *AVDC
Ceres-La Salle FC will face Forza FC in a midweek encounter on June 15 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Coming off a 16-0 drubbing of hapless Pasargad, the Bacolod squad will aim for its fourth straight win in the league.
The last time both teams met, Ceres imposed its authority with a 7-0 win last April in the quarterfinals of the 2016 UFL Cup. The Alabang based squad has since reinforced its squad with new players and are currently in 10th place with only one point in the league so far.
The Busmen are currently in third place behind leaders Global and surprise second-placer JP Voltes, a team they will meet on the weekend. The match with Forza will kickoff at 4pm where a win by the Negros-based squad would elevate them to second in the standings.
CERES-LA SALLE gave retiring skipper Juani Guirado a memorable send-off with a 16-0 demolition of Pasargad in the United Football League (UFL) at Rizal Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Adrian Gallardo knocked in a season-high eight goals, but it was Guirado’s sudden retirement that turned out to be the story of the match as the Filipino-Spanish defender announced Friday to call time on his professional career that started in Malaga, Spain.
Guirado, 35, quit the national team after the Azkals’ 3-2 win over North Korea last March, but injuries and a longing to be with his wife and two children in Spain led to his decision to prematurely end his tenure with Ceres.
“I will always treasure my time playing in the Philippines, but at this point, there are more important things than football and for me,” said Guirado who last year helped lead Ceres to the UFL title that also secured an AFC Cup berth for the Bacolod-based club.
“The players were motivated to give Juani a victory before he leaves,” said Ceres coach Ali Go. “We understand his decision.”
Later, Loyola Meralco, with talisman Phil Younghusband pulling the strings on attack, vaulted to fifth in the table after dumping Green Archers United, 4-0.
Agila nailed its first win of the season at the expense of undermanned Laos, 1-0.
Adria Gallardo knocked in a season-high eight goals as Ceres-La Salle gave retiring skipper Juani Guirado a fitting send-off with a 16-0 demolition of Pasargad Sunday in the United Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The Spanish striker, who ended last season as the league’s top scorer with 18 goals, struck twice in the first half, before finding the back of the net six more times in the second half of the most lopsided victory by any team in the UFL this season.
Stephan Schrock also delivered a hattrick while Patrick Reichelt and Carlie de Murga also knocked into goals each for Ceres which climbed to a share of second spot with Kaya with nine points.
Guirado, 36, scored in his final professional game with a glancing header midway in the second half.
The Filipino-Spanish defender, who also had a short spell with Global FC before moving to Ceres, cited personal reasons for his sudden decision to quit Ceres which he helped lead to the UFL title last season. Guirado has also struggled with injuries after returning from national team duties last March.
“The players were motivated to give Juani a victory before he leaves,” said Ceres coach Ali Go. “We understand his decision. We are grateful to Juani for his contributions not just to the club but to Philippine football in general. He will be missed.”
Loyola Meralco climbed to fifth in the table after dumping Green Archers United, 4-0. An own goal from Reynaldo Villareal in the 32nd minute broke the deadlock, before James Younghusband doubled the lead with a composed finish 10 minutes later.
Joaco Canas made it 3-nil in the 68th minute before Jinggoy Valmayor completed the rout with a close-range strike in second half stoppage time.
Loyola striker Phil Younghusband played the entire match, assisting on two goals, after helping force the own goal when he fed Kouichi Belgira down the left. Belgira’s centre was deflected to goal by Villareal.
“We worked on different things just to get Phil back into the game,” said Loyola coach Simon McMenemy. “Its nice to have someone who’s prepared to play upfront and who’s prepared in midfield to make it difficult for teams to pick him up. Phil creates lots of chances. It’s great to see and a big relief for us.”
Agila nailed its first win of the season at the expense of undermanned Laos, 1-0. An own goal from Rezziel Villaespin two minutes before halftime proved to be the difference for Agila, which jacked up its record to four points from four matches. uflph.com
Geylang International FC is pleased to announce the signing of Mark Hartmann from Global FC today. Mark will be the first Filipino to play in the S-League. He will be donning jersey No. 16 for Geylang.
Geylang International FC would like to thank Global FC for their kind assistance in the true spirt of ASEAN Cooperation to ensure the successful completion of this transfer.
By Jerome S. Galunan, Jr.
Of 30 selected from across the country, the U-16 Boys National Pool picked six from Negros Occidental to participate in the month-long football camp in Los Baños, Laguna, from June 5 to July 7. By the end of the camp, 23 will be selected to form the U-16 national team to compete in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) U-16 Championship in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from July 10 to 23. The boys from Negros selected to participate were Paolo Lance Castijon, Al Kristler de la Cruz, Jason Galve, Nino Jude Melos, Lean Perez, and Jericho Sinconiege. Also in the pool are players from Bukidnon, Iloilo, Rizal, Cebu, North Cotabato, Zamboanga, and Metro Manila. Jose Maria Aberasturi is the U-16 head coach./ WDJ
SENIOR TEAM Tournament: AFF Women's Championship 2016 in late July Players Eligible: no age restriction Tryout Schedule: June 13 (3:30-5:30 pm), June 14 (7-9 am), June 15 (3:30-5:30 pm) at Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila
U-16 TEAM (MINDANAO LEG) Tournament: AFC U-16 Women's Championship 2017 Qualifiers in late August Players Eligible: born between January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2003 Tryout Schedule: June 10 (4-6 pm), June 11 (6-8 am & 4-6 pm), June 12 (6-8 am) at Tionko Football Field, Davao June 17 (4-6 pm), June 18 (6-8 am & 4-6 pm), June 19 (6-8 am) at West Ridge Park, Carmen, CDO
*Interested players are advised to contact their respective FA's for participation. Please note that attendance is on a voluntary basis.
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine girls earned a second place finish at the 2016 Asian Football Confederation Under-14 Girls Regional Championship after losing 0-1 to ASEAN powerhouse Thailand on Sunday, June 5 at Chao Anuvong Stadiumin Vientiane, Laos.
The 2016 squad, which made the final after defeating Myanmar 5-1 on Saturday, equals the team's best ever finish from 2014, when they won silver as well.
Despite losing in the final, the Filipinas enjoyed a successful run through the tournament, which began on Tuesday, finished second to the also-unbeaten Thailand in Group A, which also featured Malaysia and Laos. Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore composed Group B.
The Philippines was comprised of Trinity Wambolt, Journey Winder, Gaby Colatos, Martina Torres, Cassandra Zalamea, Anya Fuentes, Maria Lazo, Alex Villalon, Alex Lagman, Carly Frilles, Marinell Cristobal, Arianna Lepage, Jessica Pido, Katelyn Alexander, Malina Hill, Keane Dedel, Shelten Cruces and Riza Ugbaniel. Their coach is Joyce Landagan, daughter of former UST halfback Jesus Landagan. – Rappler.com
Vientiane: Thailand and the Philippines have set an appointment to clash in the final of the AFC U-14 Girls’ Regional Championship for the ASEAN zone following their semi-final wins over reigning champions Vietnam and Myanmar respectively on Saturday.
The tie will be a repeat of the 2014 final where the Thais downed the Filipinas 2-1 to claim their only title so far since the competition debuted in 2013.
Vientiane: The semi-finals of the AFC U-14 Girls’ Regional Championship for the ASEAN zone have been been decided with Thailand set to take on reigning champions Vietnam while Myanmar will lock horns with the Philippines following the conclusion of the Group Stage on Thursday.
GROUP A Laos 0-2 Thailand Scorers: Anupha Noinueai (11’), Phattharanit Duangkaew (38’) Referee: Kusum Mandi (India)
The 30 player national training pool of the U16 Boys Football Team is set for a training camp at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna from 05 June – 07 July 2016.
Out of the 30 players, 18 will be selected to form the Philippines U16 National Team that will compete in the AFF U16 Championship in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 10-23 July.
The players included in the National Training Pool selected by the coaching staff after nationwide tryouts are as follows:
Gerald Abao – Bukidnon Province
Vince Eric Baito – Rizal Province
Rondavid Bengay – Bukidnon Province
Jelani Borbon – Iloilo City
Paolo Lance Castijon – Negros Occidental Province
Justin Andrei Cheng – Metro Manila
Kristian Louis Benjamin Cordova – Zamboanga Province
Rei Sergio Cordero III – Metro Manila
Pietre Dakay – Cebu City
Al Kristler de la Cruz – Negros Occidental Province
Jason Galve – Negros Occidental Province
Kahlil Imram Jikiri – Davao City
Leo Gabriel Maquiling – Cebu City
Nino Jude Melos – Negros Occidental Province
Alfonso Carlos Mendoza – Metro Manila
Kier John Napolitano – North Cotabato Province
Marcel Ivan Ouano – Cebu City
Lean Perez – Negros Occidental Province
Elljhone Clyde Rasonable – Bukidnon Province
Kyle Adrian Ronquillo – Cebu City
Ronan Roxas – Cebu City
Jhondel Salentao – Bukidnon Province
Jessie Reil Semblante – Cebu City
Jericho Sinconiege – Negros Occidental
Joaquin Suarez – Cebu City
Kobe Joseph Stuart del Rosario – Metro Manila
Mariano Suba Jr. – Rizal Province
Fidel Victor Tacardon – Metro Manila
Roy Villasenor – North Cotabato Province
Robert Lawrence Wilson – Bukidnon Province
The U16 Boys team will be mentored by head coach Jose Maria Aberasturi. The assistant coaches are Eliezer Fabroada and Anthony Albao. The National Training pool is the product of a nationwide voluntary try-out attended by players from around the county. 12 out of the 30 are former U14 Boys National Team players.