25 April 2017

Davao booters open title retention bid on high note

DAVAO Region Athletic Association (Davraa) elementary football team opened its title-retention bid by eking out a 3-0 shutout victory over Calabarzon at the start of the Palarong Pambansa 2017 at St. Anthony College in Antique over the weekend. Palaro 2016 elementary football champion Davraa relied on Jhojie Fernandez who knocked in two goals as teammate Emmanuel Loquero added one goal to help lift the Rey Henry "Ewee" De Leon-coached squad take the debut win. De Leon earlier told SunStar Davao that they will take each game at a time and not pressure his boys to defend the crown. Davraa, however, held Mimaropa to a scoreless draw in bracket A when action resumed on Monday. "May ilang finishing natin na hindi na convert into goals. Sayang nga eh," De Leon said in a text interview, adding that players of both teams have similar height. The seasoned coach also said, "It's difficult to say na makukuha natin ulit ang gold pero sana makuha natin." Next game is set tomorrow at 8 a.m. opposite Central Visayas. The Davraa secondary football team forced a 2-2 standoff with Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) behind the back-to-back goals of team captain Justin Luis Uy of Ateneo de Davao University at the University of Antique. Alex Adolfo is coaching the Davraa secondary booters who were pitted against Zamboanga Peninsula Region as of Monday evening. The team is also composed of Enrico Miguel Magno, Jose Antonio Lopez, Miguel Royo, Gabriel Leyson, Joshua Joseph de Luna, Andrei Amir Amaikurut, Martin Antepuesto, Kyrt Anton Dimaandal of Ateneo; Jhon Mark Diamat of Emar Human and Environmental College; Angelo Paring of Rizal Memorial Colleges; Raymund Casona and Krist Kenneth Igpit of the University of Mindanao; Norjhon Gandarosa of Maco Atty. Orlando S Rimando National High School; Pachecko Bugas of Nabunturan Comprehensive National High School; Jumar Nino Quipit of Hagonoy National High School in Davao del Sur; Roel Jr. Zamorano of Mati National Comprehensive High School and Noel Capuyan, Jr. of Mintal Comprehensive High School

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/sports/2017/04/25/davao-booters-open-title-retention-bid-high-note-538318

NIR booters rout Central Luzon, 8-2

The Negros Island Region secondary football team wonover Central Luzon, 8-2, in Group A at the height of simultaneous matches on the second day of the 2017 PalarongPambansain Antique on Sunday.
Central Luzon IX started with shooting two consecutive goals in the first 20 minutes of the match but NIR seized the momentum with five successive goals from Joshua Broce, Jayson Galve and Christian Peñalosa for a 5-2 scoreline at the break.
The Negrense footballers remained on attacking mode in the second half as they Broce completed a hatrick while Luis Caluor had a brace to seal the win for NIR. The team will play against Northern Mindanao today at 2:15 p.m.
The rout was the first win for the Negrensebooters whose first match against the National Capital Region on Saturday ended in a 1-1 draw.
Composed of players from the cities of San Carlos, Victorias, Bago, Bacolod and Dumaguete, the team is mentored by head coach Joe Marie Dolino with Jose Rey Nanalabe and VirgilioSubradoas assistant coaches.
Meanwhile, NIR elementary booters keeps a 2-0 win-loss card going into third assignment today against the Cordillera region.
The team, with the core of its players from Bacolod City, beat Eastern Visayas, 3-0, and Northern Mindanao, 4-1, in their first two matches.*MLG


First PFL match : Kaya Fc-Makati vs Ceres-Negros Fc - May 6

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Make Kaya FC–Makati history with us on May 6! We play our first-ever PFL home game at the University of Makati (UMak). Ticket prices: P20 for field-side section and P350 for grandstand. Tickets to the May 6 game can be used for our second home game!

PFL Match Day 1 and 2 - May 6 and 7

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24 April 2017

Philippines Football League

Biantan: PFL PR campaigners need to be fired


AS LONG time frustrated football fan in this basketball crazy country, I am delighted that the long time planned Philippine Football League (PFL) has been finally executed. The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) with the help of the brains of the former premier football league in our country, the United Football League (UFL), finally launched the nationwide league at the posh Shangri La Hotel in Taguig (not in Makati as earlier reported). There is so much excitement but there are still so many questions and concerns left unanswered or unresolved. First, the PFF has a long history of organizational failures in running tournaments. I think this PFL is too big for them. They should concentrate in running the national teams and the development of the sports all over the country and give the running of the PFL to the people who successfully created and ran the UFL. Call me a devil’s advocate but the launching of the PFL itself has not caught any attention of the national media, except for the usual football writers. Their stories were not even given big spaces deserving for the launching of the Philippine National League. Even the social media were dying to get information about the launching. I was looking for stories about the launching two days before the event in Shangri La. I was told to go to the PFF website. The information from the PFF website about the PFL was stale and several weeks old. They then posted a story about the launching a day before the launching. Who the hell is in charge of the PFL PR? For the love of the beautiful game I always write stories about football. Now with the PFL, I am so delighted to write anything about the league. But what will I write when I could not even get information from the PFF? Someone is not doing his job properly. Who is that someone? Please fire him. It is just the start of the PFL. This is just one of the problems. This is not even a big problem. But if the PFF could not even fix this small problem, how could they fix bigger problems? (l.biantan@gmail.com)

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/sports/2017/04/24/biantan-pfl-pr-campaigners-need-be-fired-538142

23 April 2017

PFL Opening Schedule : JPV Marikina vs Global Cebu to be played at RMS

The opening ceremony of Philippines Football League (PFL) was held on the 21st, and as a result of the lottery, the schedule of the opening game was decided as follows.
May 7th (Sunday) at 7pm K.O / Rizal Stadium ※ Scheduled
· JPV Marikina FC vs Global Cebu FC
It will be the home game of our club, but since the Marikina Stadium is currently under construction, we will be using Rizal Stadium. The kick-off time, as announced by the league, is at 7pm, but it might be subject to change. Ticket selling method, price etc. are also being planned now. We will announce further details soon.
 Other scheduled games are as follows:
May 6th at 4 pm K.O / University of Makati
· Kaya FC – Makati vs Ceres Negros FC
May 6th at 7 pm K.O / Biñan Laguna Stadium
· Stallion Laguna FC vs FC Meralco Manila
May 7th at 4 pm K.O / Quirino Stadium
· Ilocos United FC vs Davao Aguilas FC

Araneta excited about new football league


After four years of planning, the Philippine Football League (PFL) was officially launched on Friday in Taguig City with eight teams competing in the inaugural season.
Philippine Football Federation (PFF) President Mariano “Nonong” Araneta expressed optimism about the new national football league saying that with the support of different stakeholders, it could usher in the rebirth of the sport in the country.
“I’m positive with this support for this league. These are community-based teams and they should get support. I think the teams are also committed to improve football in the amateur level in their respective provinces,” said Araneta.
The PFL replaced the United Football League (UFL) as the country’s premiere football tournament.
The PFF, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the International Football Federation (FIFA) spearheaded the creation of the PFL whose games will be televised by People’s Television Network (PTV) 4.
Araneta hopes the PFL will rekindle the interest of the Filipinos on football.
“This is the first professional football league in the Philippines. We are really happy that this is pushing through. Hopefully, it would be successful. We are here to support the success of this league,” said Araneta.
“We have sponsors that are willing to fund the league. The owners and the teams are excited with this league and hopefully, it’s the same with the fans in the provinces,” Araneta added.
Six former Division 1 UFL teams banner the field led by Global Cebu FC, the last champion in the UFL.
The other ex-UFL teams are Bacolod’s Ceres Negros FC and Stallion Laguna FC. Meanwhile, the Metro Manila-based squads are Kaya FC-Makati, JP Voltes Marikina FC and FC Meralco Manila (formerly Loyola Meralco Sparks FC).
The newcomers Ilocos United FC will represent northern Luzon while the Davao Aguilas FC, is Mindanao’s lone entry in the PFL.
The games will be played in a home-and-away format with the top four clubs competing in a finals series similar to the Australian top tier football league.
Global will play its home games at the University of San Carlos Stadium, Ceres at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod, Stallion at Biñan Football Stadium in Laguna, Kaya at the University of Makati Stadium, JP Voltes at the Marikina Sports Complex, FC Meralco at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila, Ilocos United at the Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur and Davao Aguilas at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex.
The PFL will open on May 6 with a double-header featuring Kaya FC and Ceres Negros at 4 p.m. while the Stallion Laguna and FC Meralco clash will begin at 7 p.m. Venues for the said matches will be announced on a later date.

22 April 2017


The Philippines now has a truly national and professional football league it can call its own.
What started out as a dream four years ago has become a reality with the Philippines Football League finally kicking off on May 6 with eight clubs vying in the inaugural season, marking another milestone for the Beautiful Game in the country.
Global-Cebu FC, Ceres-Negros FC, Kaya FC Makati, FC Meralco Manila, Stallion Laguna FC, JPV Marikina FC, Ilocos United FC and Davao Aguilas FC are the pioneering clubs of the league that will have two rounds of home-and-away matches.
“We are bringing the passion and the love for the Beautiful Game to different parts of the country with the PFL,” said Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta at the PFL launching at Shangri-La Fort in Taguig City.
“This is a dream come true for all of us involved in this project. We appreciate the time, effort and resources put in by the clubs to make the PFL possible. We’ve taken the next step for Philippine football.”
The PFL was formed after close to four years of planning and organizing with a PFF task force, with the help of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the International Football Federation (Fifa).
PFF general-secretary Edwin Gastanes said the federation will be working with Singapore-based international sports marketing agency Red Card Media for the league commercials.
The league has also partnered with Peoples Television (PTV) for the airing of two live matches every weekend, Gastanes said. The live matches will be aired on Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.
“This is truly an unprecedented endeavor,” said Gastanes. “We are looking forward to a vibrant and exciting first season ahead for the PFL.”
The clubs signed their respective franchise agreements with the PFF two weeks ago, finally paving the way for kickoff.
The PFL will be the basis of nomination for AFC club competitions, particularly the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup, where Global and Ceres are currently seeing action.
Gastanes expressed optimism of the league’s success with the help of stakeholders of the sport and sponsors.
“We pray all stakeholders- club owners, players, coaches, match officials, fans and sports media will all help to grow and nurture the league,” Gastanes added.

21 April 2017

Schrock negotiates return to Ceres FC

By Henry G. Doble

AFTER dissolution of Filipino-German Stephan Schrock’s contract with SpVgg Greuther Fürth last April 15, Ceres Negros Football Club is now negotiating his possible return to the club. Ceres FC team manager James Dinsay confirmed efforts to possibly reacquire the 30-year-old midfielder who last played for the club during the 2016 AFC Cup. “We are hoping to have him back, but it all depends on the turnout of the negotiations as he also has some offers in Europe and Asia,” Dinsay said. Schrock, who signed with Ceres FC last year on-loan alongside Kevin Ingreso, played a vital role in the club’s successful AFC Cup campaign where they reached the Round of 16 only to suffer a heartbreaking 0-1 loss to South China AA in extra time. Moreover, the Azkals star also helped Ceres Football Club in the 2016 United Football Club season and the RHB Singapore Cup, where they placed third, the highest finish achieved by a Filipino club. SpVgg Greuther Fürth, director of professional football Ramazan Yildirim said that Schröck and the club have agreed on the contract resolution. “Stephan has a special place here in Furth, that was and is conscious of us,” Yildirim said. SpVgg Greuther Furth also wished Schrock all the best for his future. For his part, Schrock said he was very grateful for the time he had at the game. “I would like to wish the club and all fans a heartfelt success and will continue to keep the cloverleaf in the future as well,” he said. “On paper, I am no longer one, but I will always be a friend in my heart. Thanks for 14 great years,” he said on his FB account.

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/bacolod/sports/2017/04/21/schrock-negotiates-return-ceres-fc-537655

PFL Match Day 1 and 2

PFL Match Day 1 !

6 May

Kaya Fc-Makati vs Ceres Negros (4 pm)

Stallion Laguna Fc vs Fc Meralco Manila (7 pm)

PFL Match Day 2

7 May

Ilocos United Fc vs Davao Aguilas Fc (4 pm)

JPV Marikina Fc vs Global Cebu Fc (7 pm) Played at Rizal Memorial Stadium

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AFC U-19 Championship 2018 qualifying draw concluded

Kuala Lumpur: Forty-three Asian hopefuls now know their qualifying opponents following Friday's draw at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur.
2016 champions, Japan, having finally claimed the crown after six previous appearances in the final, will face Thailand, Singapore and Mongolia, who are scheduled to host the Group I qualifiers.
Saudi Arabia, runners-up at the 2016 edition will welcome Yemen, Turkmenistan and India in Group D, while 2016 semi-finalists and Group E hosts, the Islamic Republic of Iran, will meet Palestine, Jordan and Syria.
Meanwhile, Korea Republic, who have won the competition twelve times, will play host to a five-team Group F which also features Malaysia, Timor-Leste, Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia.
Ten (10) group winners and five (5) best second-placed teams will advance to finals along with the host country. The AFC U-19 Championship qualifying stage is scheduled to take place from October 31 to November 8, 2017.

Group G:
1. China PR
2. Myanmar
3. Philippines
4. Cambodia (Host for qualifiers)

Draw for AFC U-16 Championship 2018 qualifiers finalised

Kuala Lumpur: Some 45 Member Associations from across Asia learned their opponents for the upcoming AFC U-16 Championship 2018 qualifiers on Friday following the official draw at AFC House.
Defending champions Iraq, have been grouped with India, Palestine and Nepal who will host the qualifiers in Group D, while the Islamic Republic of Iran - last year’s runners-up - are scheduled to meet Kyrgyz Republic, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Bhutan in Group C.
Elsewhere, two-time champions and 2016 semi-finalists DPR Korea, will face Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Macau and Brunei Darussalam in Group F, with Japan, who also reached last year’s semi-finals drawn in Group J, along with Singapore, Malaysia and Guam.
The ten (10) group winners and five (5) best second-placed teams will advance to the final stage of the tournament, along with the host Member Association. The AFC U-16 Championship 2018 qualifiers are set to take place from September 16 to 24, 2017.

Group H:
1. Korea Republic
2. China PR
3. Myanmar
4. Philippines


Kuala Lumpur: The AFC U-19 Championship 2018 qualifiers official draw will be held at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday.
The AFC U-19 Championship 2018 Qualifiers draw starts at 4pm, local time.
A total of 43 Member Associations (MAs) from across Asia will participate in the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship qualifiers, with ten (10) group winners and five (5) best second placed teams advancing to the finals along with the hosts. The AFC U-19 Championship qualifying stage is scheduled to take place from October 31 to November 8.
The 43 MAs will be separated into two zones, WEST (West, South and Central) with 22 teams and EAST (East and ASEAN) with 21 teams. Seeding for the draw is based on the rankings of last year’s AFC U-19 Championship in Bahrain. Teams that did not participate in the competition’s 2016 edition have been included but as the lowest-ranked sides. The host MA for the qualifiers will be drawn into separate groups.
The teams will then be drawn into three (3) groups of five (5) teams and seven (7) groups of four (4) teams.
WEST Zone:
Pot 1: Saudi Arabia (Host for Qualifiers), Islamic Republic of Iran (Host for Qualifiers), Iraq, Bahrain, Uzbekistan
Pot 2: Tajikistan (Host for Qualifiers), UAE, Qatar (Host for Qualifiers), Yemen, Palestine
Pot 3: Oman, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkmenistan
Pot 4: Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Syria, India
Pot 5: Kyrgyz Republic (Host for Qualifiers), Maldives
EAST Zone:
Pot 1: Japan, Vietnam, Korea Republic (Host for Qualifiers), Australia, China PR
Pot 2: Thailand, DPR Korea, Myanmar, Laos, Malaysia
Pot 3: Timor-Leste, Singapore, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Philippines
Pot 4: Macau, Brunei Darussalam, Northern Mariana Islands
Pot 5: Cambodia (Host for Qualifiers), Indonesia, Mongolia (Host for Qualifiers)
*The remaining two (2) balls that are not drawn will be moved to Pot 4

20 April 2017


Kuala Lumpur: The official draw for the AFC U-16 Championship 2018 qualifiers are set to take place at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday.
The AFC U-16 Championship 2018 Qualifiers draw starts at 3pm, local time.
Some 45 Member Associations will take part in the AFC U-16 Championship 2018 qualifiers, and they have been divided into two (2) zones of WEST (West, South and Central) with 23 teams and EAST (East and ASEAN) with 22 teams. Both zones will have a total of five (5) groups.
Teams in each zone have been placed in five (5) seeding pots based on the rankings of the AFC U-16 Championship India 2016. Teams that did not participate in the 2016 edition have been added but as the lowest-ranked sides. The host nations for the qualifiers will be drawn into separate groups.
The teams will then be drawn into five (5) groups of five (5) teams and five (5) groups of four (4) teams.
Ten group winners and five (5) best second-placed teams will advance to the final stage of the tournament, along with the host MA. The AFC U-16 qualifiers are scheduled to take place from September 16 to 24.
WEST Zone:
Pot 1: Iraq, Islamic Republic of Iran (Host for Qualifiers), Oman, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan
Pot 2: Kyrgyz Republic, Saudi Arabia (Host for Qualifiers), Yemen, India, Tajikistan (Host for Qualifiers)
Pot 3: Syria, Jordan, Afghanistan, Qatar (Host for Qualifiers), Palestine
Pot 4: Bangladesh, Bahrain, Lebanon, Nepal (Host for Qualifiers), Turkmenistan
Pot 5: Maldives, Bhutan, Sri Lanka
EAST Zone:
Pot 1: DPR Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Korea Republic, Thailand (Host for Qualifiers)
Pot 2: Malaysia, Australia, China PR, Hong Kong, Laos
Pot 3: Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Chinese Taipei, Singapore, Mongolia (Host for Qualifiers)
Pot 4: Cambodia, Philippines, Macau, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands
Pot 5: Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia

Live Draw :

PFL Launches on 21 April 2017

The country’s first fully professional football league will be launched on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Grand Ballroom in Shangri-La Fort at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
All eight clubs participating in the inaugural season of the Philippines Football League will be unveiled at the ceremony that starts at 6:30 p.m.
The program will also be highlighted by the unveiling of the PFL logo as well as the announcement of sponsors of the league. The draw for the opening weekend fixtures will also be conducted during the program.
Officials of the Philippine Football Federation, Singapore-based international marketing sports agency Red Card Global and Philippine football stakeholders are gracing the affair, marking another milestone for the sport in the country.


19 April 2017


Bacolod City: Ceres Negros of the Philippines blew Group G of the 2017 AFC Cup wide open with a stunning 6-2 victory over Hanoi FC on Wednesday to move them level with the Vietnamese side on eight points at the top of the table.
Ceres shot into an early lead at Panaad Park and Football Stadium when Bienvenido Maranon opened the scoring after 13 minutes, before Kevin Ingreso doubled the lead eight minutes later. Hanoi struck back, though, as Pham Thanh Luong ensured  they went into half-time with a one-goal deficit.
Ceres quickly pulled three goals clear shortly after the interval thanks to two strikes from forward Fernando, between which Hanoi substitute Hoang Vu Samson was also shown a straight red card.
A late Do Hung Dung penalty threatened to make the game a contest once more, but Jason de Jong and Maranon again added goals in the final three minutes to give Ceres a comprehensive victory.
Ceres will now advance to the last 16 as Group G winners if they win their final game against Tampines Rovers of Singapore on Matchday Six, while Hanoi must defeat Malaysia's Felda United and hope Ceres fail to defeat the Singaporeans. 



Yangon: Filipino side Global FC guaranteed a top two finish in Group F of the 2017 AFC Cup on Wednesday with a 4-2 away victory over Magwe FC of Myanmar.
The hosts had led at half-time at Yangon Youth Training Centre following a 38th minute goal from winger Kyaw Naing Naing. However, a late rally from a previously dominant Global saw the tide turn. 
A Hikaru Minegishi strike and two from striker Darryl Roberts in the space of 12 minutes saw the visitors race clear with just ten minutes remaining.
In the 88th minute Shu Sasaki thought he had rounded off the Global victory with the side’s fourth goal, but there was still time for Magwe to reduce the deficit to just two goals as Naing Lin Tun scored deep into injury time.
Global now top Group F with 12 points from their five fixtures to date, with Magwe bottom of the standings with two points.
Only the side finishing top of the group will be assured of a spot in the Zonal Semi-finals

AFC Cup : Ceres-Negros fc 6-2 Hanoi FC

AFC Cup : Magwe (Myanmar) 2-4 Global

17 April 2017


By Ivan Gayares
Kevin Ingreso is keen to bounce back in the clubs forthcoming AFC Cup match on April 19. Ceres-Negros will face group leaders Hanoi FC in an all-important fixture that will determine their survival in the tournament.
The Ceres midfielder who started the first three matches of the AFC Cup was on the bench when they played Felda United in Malaysia as he was recovering from an injury incurred during the international break. Ingreso hurt himself in training with the National team just before the Asian Cup qualifying match against Nepal last March.
Though he was already fit on the day of the match, the former Hamburger SV player was listed as a substitute as a precautionary measure. “Of course it was hard for me to be sitting on the bench and know I can’t help my team on the pitch. Felt sad and sorry for the guys but I’m fully recovered now,” said Ingreso.
The previous result put the Busmen on an unfavorable situation but the team together with Ingreso are well aware of the objective on Matchday 5. “We wanna win that upcoming match against Hanoi and we are clear about the situation of the table.  We will do everything to keep the three points at home!,” the Ceres midfielder added.
Ceres-Negros will need a win against the Vietnamese club to take back pole position in the hotly contested group G. Hanoi FC is slated to arrive Monday night in the city of smiles. Both teams will slug it out on Wednesday night with Panaad expecting another capacity crowd.

Davao Aguilas Fc sign Fil-English Levi Silva

Dqvao Aguilas Fc has signed Fil-English Levi Gilmar Di Silva Fernandez-Lynch.
He played for UFL club Stallion Fc before returning to Europe.

Davao Aguilas Fc will be on training camp in Singapore.

16 April 2017

Stpehan Schröck's contract with German club is terminated

German club Greuther Fürth has terminated Stephan Schröck's contract with the club.


He is now free to sign a new club.

14 April 2017

Masbate - May 12-14 , 2nd Ikthus Futsal Tournameny

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Southern Leyte - June 17 and 18 - 8th Erwin A. Buling Football Cup

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Butuan City - Ampayon FC - 2nd Football Festival - May 13 and 14

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Friendly : JPV Marikina Fc 3-0 Ceres-Negros FC

April 12/16:20 K.O/45min+40min /Rizai Stadium
JPV Marikina FC 3-0(1st 2-0) Ceres FC
Scorer: Takashi Odawara / Angeles, Alen Franco / Satoshi Otomo

GK: Gasic, Nelson(80min→Aban, Elijah)
DF: Sean, Patrick Kane(80min→Elnar, Alexandro) / Tacusalme, Camelo / Masaki Yanagawa / Belgira, Kouichi(80min→Fadrigalan, Peter John)
MF: Takashi Odawara / Atsushi Shimono(75min→Cutamora, Jayson) / Satoshi Otomo(82min→Daishi Takano) / Angeles, Alen Franco(70min→Baguioro, J) / Celiz, John(70min→Altiche, Aaron)
FW: Takumi Uesato

Next friendly :
22(Sat) TRM vs Kaya Makati FC/4:20pm Kick off @University of Makati Field(UMak)

12 April 2017


Wednesday when leaders Jordan and second-placed Philippines meet each other to decide who will take top spot.
Jordan are currently two points head of their opponents from Southeast Asia and have a fifth successive win in their sights, while the Maltidas, with three victories and a draw to their name, approach the game knowing that they have already secured their ticket to next year’s continental gathering thanks to Jordan’s automatic qualification as hosts of the 2018 finals.
Eager for his side to send out a strong message to the other teams destined to compete for silverware in Jordan, head coach Maher Abu Hantash is full of confidence going into the last match.
“During the past five years, we have played against teams from East Asia as well, like Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Chinese Taipei. These teams are stronger than the Philippines and they play faster,” he said.
“We have seen the Philippines, their system and how they play. It will be easier for us to prepare against them than some of the other opponents in our group because the Philippines are structured.”
After seeing her Philippines side secure their qualification thanks to a draw with Bahrain on Monday, head coach Letecia Bautista now wants to complete the nation’s already successful campaign on a high.
“We will end on a positive note,” she promised.


11 April 2017

Wednesday - Pre-season friendly - Loyola Meralco Sparks Fc 3-0 Ilocos United

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Butuan City - 7th Balangay Football Festival , May 27 and 28

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Dushanbe: Anicka Castañeda’s late equaliser helped the Philippines secure a 1-1 draw with Bahrain on Monday and secure their place at next year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
With table-topping Jordan assured of a spot at the continental gathering because of their hosting duties, the Southeast Asians struck at the death to ensure a top two finish in Group A and book a ticket to what will be their ninth Asian Cup.
On a day when only a win was going to be enough for Bahrain to have a chance of qualifying for the finals, the West Asians began brightly at Dushanbe’s Republican Central Stadium, with Reem Alhashmi twice denied by Philippines goalkeeper Inna Palacio within the first 35 minutes.
However, the Philippines, who had notched up three successive wins going into the fixture, were always in the game, and went close to breaking the deadlock through Alesa Nazarena Dolino’s effort from a corner and decent strikes from both Claire Lim and Eva Madarang ahead of the break.
It was to be Bahrain though who took the lead on 56 minutes, Noora Sami Al Dossary firing home from within the penalty area to set up the potential for a major upset.
Desperate to restore parity, the Philippines poured forward and their pressure eventually paid dividends eight minutes from time when Anicka Castañeda scored to help seal her nation’s richly deserved place at the 2018 finals.

Philippines head coach Letecia Bautista:
“It was a crazy match. It was like playing for the title. We wanted this more so we were able to bounce back and I am just thankful for the win. I am speechless. At half-time I said to my players that they needed to find some composure. Bahrain also really wanted the slot and we just had to remember how we played in the last three games.”

Bahrain head coach Khaled Mohamed Harban:
“We studied the Philippines team very carefully ahead of today’s match. We figured out their strengths and how to play against them. We tried our best.”

Photos: Tajikistan Football Federation

10 April 2017

AFC Asian Women's Cup - Philippines 1-1 Bahrain

Livestream link :


0-1 Bahrain
1-1 Philippines
1-1 FT

Philippines qualify for finals in Jordan next year !

09 April 2017

Tune up game JPV Marikina vs Davao Aguilas FC

April 9/9:40 K.O/30min×2 /Blue Pitch
JPV Marikina FC 4-2(1st 2-0) Davao Aguilas FC
Scorer: Takumi Uesato×2 / Satoshi Otomo / Altiche, Aaron

GK: Gasic, Nelson
DF: Sean, Patrick Kane / Tacusalme, Camelo / Masaki Yanagawa / Belgira, Kouichi
MF: Takashi Odawara / Atsushi Shimono / Baguioro, J / Angeles, Alen Franco / Celiz, John
FW: Takumi Uesato

GK: Aban, Elijah
DF:  Elnar, Alexandro / Fadrigalan, Peter John / Basa, David / Daishi Takano
MF: Cutamora, Jayson / Altiche, Aaron / Angeles, Alen Franco(15min→Celiz, John) / Takashi Odawara(15min→Sean, Patrick Kane) / Baguioro, J(15min→Belgira, Kouichi)
FW: Satoshi Otomo


Dushanbe: Philippines head coach Letecia Bautista believes her side’s current momentum may yet prove decisive when they face Bahrain on Monday in a game which could see the Southeast Asians qualify for the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
With Group A leaders Jordan already assured of qualification thanks to the hosting duties they will perform at the continental gathering, second-placed Philippines approach their latest test knowing that a draw would be enough for them to qualify.
Having seen her side notch up three successive in Tajikistan, Bautista believes the Maltidas’ current form should hold them in good stead.
“We have the momentum. We have a positive attitude going into that game,” she said, adding that the Philippines would not underestimate the threat posed by their West Asian opponents.
Meanwhile, Bahrain head coach Khaled Mohamed Harban is hoping that his charges can develop a more ruthless edge than they displayed in their previous outing against the United Arab Emirates, something they will have to do if they are to stand any chance of overhauling the Philippines.
“It is a big match. The Philippines are a good team but we have a chance against them, although it will be tough. The girls needed to rest well after their three matches and we will go into Monday refreshed. We will have more to our game against the Philippines than in our previous matches.”
Elsewhere, current Group leaders Jordan have no intention of relinquishing top spot, with coach Maher Abu Hantash set to use a tried and tested strategy against Tajikistan.
“We will play to score and I will involve more players from the bench,” he explained.
After one win and two defeats hosts Tajikistan find themselves unable to progress, but head coach Bobokalonov Sulaymon has urged his troops to up their game and play without fear against the impressive Jordanians.
“We will play better,” he declared. “The most important thing is not to be afraid. We will play as we usually do.”
The group’s other game on Monday pits rock bottom Iraq against the UAE who are in fifth spot - two sides who now have nothing but pride left to play for.
Photo: Tajikistan Football Federation