31 July 2009

Neil Etheridge - Interview

Neil Etheridge , Fulham and Philippines


Norway Cup 2009


Boys U12
Team Philippines - Flint P (Norway) 0-2
Team Philippines - KIL/Vennersberg (Norway) 4-0

30 July 2009

28 July 2009

NOFA U-9 festival slated August 8 in Cadiz

THE Negros Occidental Football Association (Nofa) headed by former fourth district representative Carlos Cojuangco will kick off its Under-9 A-aside football festival competition in Cadiz City on August 8, according to the association’s master plan for 2009-2010 released recently to members of sports media.
The “Seeds to Sow” U-9 festival involves boys and girls playing together in a team with the next area competition slated September 12 in Hinigaran, and to complete the provincewide competitions the Bacolod leg will be staged on October 24.

The provincial finals of the U-9 league will be staged in Bago City at the Manuel Torres Memorial Sports Complex where the NOFA headquarters is also located.

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Norway Cup 2009 - Tuesday

Today :

Boys U12 : Team Philippines - Hærland (Norway) 2-2

Boys U14 : Team Philippines - Soknedalen (Norway) 1-3
Team Philippines - Lunner (Norway) 2-3

27 July 2009

Norway Cup 2009 - Monday

Boys U14 in Oslo, Norway , Monday

Team Philippines- Høyang (Norway) 1-8
Team Philippines - Lambertseter 2 (Norway) 1-3

Davao Women`s football

THE University of the Philippines (UP) in Mindanao came up with a huge win in the resumption of the Davao FA Women's Open Tournament at the Tionko grounds Saturday.
UP crushed Seagull Football Club (FC), 7-1, with Neil Carla Comendador and Ellen Cuizon scoring a hat-trick each. Comendador scored in the 20th, 30th and 62nd minutes, while Cuizon scored in the 23rd, 25th and 26th. Teammate Krishna Hernandez added a goal in the 40th.

Janewar Cuizon found the net in the 51st for Seagull that dropped further at the bottom of the team standing with two straight losses in the meet organized by the Davao Football Association (DFA).
The Lady Knight FC, meanwhile, stretched its lead after posting a 5-0 shutout of Philippine Women's College (PWC) in the first game.Lady Knights Lomalyn Fama (seventh, 55th), Merlo Albano (32nd, 41st) and Kim Maligad (51st) called the shots for the team that had earned a total of six points by sweeping its past two games.
The five-team soccer tournament will resume on Saturday.
Save Our Souls (SOS) is also seeing action in the meet. (MLSA)


26 July 2009

Norway Cup 2009

Philippines got two teams in Norway Cup 2009, one of Europe`s biggest youth tournaments :

Team Philippines in Boys U12 (7 a-side) :

26. July Team Philippines - Abildsø 2 3-0
26. July Team Philippines - Rælingen 4-1
26. July Team Philippines - Rustad 3-4

Team Philippines in Boys U14 (7 a-side)
First matches on Monday

The teams play under the name "Team Philippines" , not sure where they come from in Philippines.

25 July 2009

Philippines withdrew from ASEAN U19 Championship

Philippines were going to participate in ASEAN (AFF) U19 Championship in Vietnam from 4. August.

When I was checking Vietnam FA website today , new groups been drawn and 4 of 12 teams seem to have withdrew : Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Laos.


Indonesia also withdrew . Swine flu seem to be the reason that the teams are withdrawing.

24 July 2009

Villaflor: Surprise, surprise: The CFA is in turmoil

Noel Villaflor :

THE Cebu Football Association is in a mess. A big mess.

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23 July 2009

Cyril V. Dofitas , General Secretary for PFF

MANILA: Cyril V. Dofitas has been appointed the General Secretary of the Philippine Football Federation, starting on July 22.
Dofitas was appointed Acting General Secretary of PFF on February 25, 2009 and his rise to General Secretary was confirmed by PFF President Jose Mari C. Martinez in a letter to AFC.


AFC U19 Championship - Qualifiers

Matches for Philippines in AFC U19 Championship qualifiers in China.

1. November Philippines- China
3. November Philippines - Myanmar
6. November Philippines- North Korea
8. November Philippines - Guam
11. November Philippines - Malaysia

All matches will be played in XinJiang Sports Stadium.


Comment : Philippines U19 NT will also compete in ASEAN U19 Championship in Vietnam that start on 4. August. Philippines in group with Singapore , Vietnam and Malaysia.

22 July 2009

2012 Olympic Football qualifiers

KUALA LUMPUR: The 2012 Olympic Football Tournament qualifiers for Asian countries has been postponed until age eligibility issues are resolved.
The competition was scheduled for February 2010 but AFC now expects it to start after September 2010 or February 2011.
World governing body FIFA is now in the process of establishing age eligibility rules for the tournament. Once the criteria have been confirmed, AFC will inform Member Associations of the revised dates.

Source : afc.com

Comment : Normally the Olympic qualifiers are for U23 NT , but in finals the teams can add three overaged players. Philippines did not participate in 2008 Olympic qualifiers.

AFC Futsal Championship 2010 - Draw

Draw today :


Group A: Australia, Indonesia, Brunei, Myanmar

Group B: Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines

Venue: Jakarta Tennis Indoor Stadium, Indonesia, from February 13 to 18, 2010.

Source : afc.com

21 July 2009

AFC exec inspects Panaad pitch for future int’l tournaments

ASIAN Football Confederation (AFC) competitions committee head Michelle Chai was in Bacolod City last weekend to inspect the Panaad Sports complex football field.
The field was said to be a possible venue for future international competitions, particularly the bid of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) to host the Asian Under-16 boys’ football championship in October this year.


Comment : Good news that PFF want to host Asian U16 Chalifiers. Bangladesh also want to host this qualifier.

19 July 2009

Visayas Selection vs Manila XI Womens U16 in Bacolod in September

THE Philippine Football Federation (PFF) confirmed last weekend that preparations are underway for the holding of a series of competitions between a Visayas Selection and a Manila Selection in Bacolod City in September.
The goodwill matches between the Manila-based lady booters and their Visayas counterparts composed of standouts from Bacolod, San Carlos, Iloilo, Dumaguete and Cebu, among others, will be used by the PFF as a basis for the formation of the national women’s Under-16 team which will represent the country international and regional competitions.

This developed as EVFC president Junie Martin told sports mediamen last Friday during a press conference at the Luxur Hotel that they have challenged the PFF leadership to give equal opportunities for booters who are Manila-based as well as talents from the provinces to showcase their skills whenever the PFF is in the process of forming the composition of the various national teams.

“We’ve always believed that there are enough talents in the provinces, especially in the so-called football region of the Visayas who deserve to be named to the national teams if only they are given the right opportunity to showcase their skills. So, we’ve asked them (PFF) to allow our players (the Visayas Selection) to play against a Manila Selection in September, and whichever team prevails will be given the opportunity to form the women’s national U16 team, and they (PFF) agreed,” said Lizares.

During last Friday’s press conference, PFF president Jose Mari Martinez also lauded the efforts of EVFC in hosting the festival. “We believe there is so much football stakeholders of women’s football in this part of the country can do for the development of the game and the PFF recognizes these efforts as a big boost to the goals of PFF in this regard,” Martinez said. (HCV)


Comment : Good idea, it will give girls who are not based in Manila a better chance to play for the Women`s U16 National team.

Giuseppi FC-Cebu, EVFC, USLS Alumnae top women’s 7-aside bootfest

THREE seeded teams stood out from among over 30 squads who competed in the Executive Village Football Club 7-aside Invitational Football Festival last Saturday at the Panaad Sports & Recreational Park pitch in Barangay Mansilingan.
In the Under-13 category, Barotac Nuevo FC finished as second runner-up, followed by San Carlos City FC as first runner-up while Giuseppi FC-Cebu emerged as champion.

In the Under-16 division, U16 Team Philippines took second runner-up honors, followed by FC de Pontevedra as first runner-up while host Executive Village Football Club went home with the champion’s trophy.

Meanwhile, in the centerpiece Women’s Open category, Foundation University of Dumaguete City finished as second runner-up, followed by U16 Team Philippines while University of St. La Salle Alumnae, mentored by Ronnie Tornilla, pocketed the champion’s trophy.
The champion U13 team from Cebu was mentored by Richard Montayre and named most valuable player of the division was Ann Ugarte.

Named as MVP of the champion U16 team EVFC was Aina Martin while the team was coached by Warren Concepcion assisted by Rinelle De Oca and Junjun Valderama.

The one-day football festival which drew the participation of teams coming from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Dumaguete, San Carlos as well as other cities and towns in Negros Occidental was witnessed by top officials from Fifa, the world governing body for football.


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2014 FIFA World Cup - Asian Qualifiers

KUALA LUMPUR: The AFC Competitions Committee has decided to use the present qualification format for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.The top five teams from the 2010 FIFA World Cup will be given direct entry into the third round while the remaining 38 teams will play home and away in the opening round.The 11 highest-ranked teams from the second round will be given direct entry into the third round while the lowest eight teams will qualify for Round 2.After playing home-and-away in the second round, four winners will join the top five teams and 11 qualifiers in the third round where they will be divided into five groups of four teams each.The winners and runners of each group will qualify for the final round where the 10 teams will be divided into two groups of five teams each. The group winners and runners-up will make it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup while the third-placed team in each group will play home-and-away for the fifth place.


Comment : Philippines withdrew from the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, hopefully they will NOT do the same for 2014 Qualifiers. This qualification system would mean maybe only two matches for Philippines, they could meet a team like Iran or Iraq in First round, if lucky a much weaker team.

First qualifying matches will probably be in 2011.

17 July 2009

Davao Football

THE Seagull Football Club (FC) collides with the Ateneo de Davao University when the Davao FA Women's Open Tournament 200 kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tionko Football grounds.
Davao Football Association (DFA) secretary-general Erwin Protacio Friday said in an e-mail that the main match set at 4 p.m. will pit the Philippine Women's College (PWC) against the Save Our Souls (SOS) Children's Village.

"It will be a double round-robin league where the team with the highest points wins the championship," Protacio said.
The University of the Philippines (UP) in Mindanao is also entered in the meet that aims to promote women in sports and provide a venue for competition for lady booters to improve their skills.
Protacio, meanwhile, added that Columbia will try to stretch its lead when it battles Seagull in the resumption of the Acer Under-23 Football League Saturday.
Both teams are featured in the 3:30 p.m. game. Columbia led the team standing with three wins, one draw and no zero loss while 0-2-2 Seagull has yet to score a win in the double round robin event.
The 8 a.m. curtain raiser is a clash between current second placer 3-0-1 Medvil and cellar dweller 0-1-3 Kilusang Magkaibigan Multi-purpose Cooperative (KMMPC).


16 July 2009

Philippines football teams to SEA Games in Laos ?

Philippines Sports Commions (PSC) want to have Philippines football team(s) in SEA Games in Laos in December.


Hopefully they will go with both a Men`s and Women`s team .

Men`s football is a U23 tournament , but many from Senior team are still under 23 :

- Neil Etheridge
- Phil Greatwich
- James Younghusband
- Phil Younghusband
- Jason de Jong
- Jason Cordova
- Simon Greatwich
- Jovin Bedic
- Eduardo Gempisaw
- Glester Sobremisana
- Arnie Pasinabo

It could be a good team if they start preparations now !

Futsal is not on the program for SEA Games in Laos.

Philippines to Bangladesh for AFC U16 Championship qualifiers ?

Bangladesh want to host AFC U16 Championship qualifiers (Group E) . Group E is Philippines, Chinese Taipei , Japan , Indonesia, Bangladesh and Mongolia. Top two to finals.

The qualifiers are scheduled from 3. to 18. October.

15 July 2009

Beach Soccer in Dipolog, Mindanao

Beach soccer is getting popular in Philippines , this video is from Dipolog , Mindanao on 30. June .


In May Sarangani Bay and Siargao , also on Mindanao had beach soccer tournaments.

Capiz FA website

Capiz FA got a nice new website , I wish more FA`s could make websites like this !


11 July 2009

International 2009 Calendar for Philippines

International 2009 Calendar for Philippines :

4. - 16. August ASEAN (AFF) U19 Championship in Vietnam
Philippines in group A with Singapore , Malaysia and Vietnam

3.-10. October Asian (AFC) U16 Championship qualifiers
Philippines in group E with Japan , Indonesia , Mongolia , Chinese Taipei and Bangladesh

9.- 18. October ASEAN Women`s U16 Championship in Myanmar
Philippines in group B with Vietnam , Laos and Myanmar B

30. October - 9. November Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam. Futsal

From 1. November Asian (AFC) U19 Championship qualifiers
Philippines in group G with China (hosts), North Korea, Malaysia , Myanmar and Guam

From 2. December SEA Games Men in Laos

From 5. December SEA Games Women in Laos


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Women's 7-aside invitational bootfest slated July 18

ANOTHER exciting football event awaits Negrense boot fans when the 2009 Women's 7-aside Invitational Football Festival gets staged at the Panaad Sports & Recreational Park pitch on Saturday, July 18.
The event is organized and hosted by the Executive Village Football Club in cooperation with the Province of Negros Occidental, City of Bacolod and the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).

Competition in this event will be in three categories-13-Under girls, 16-Under ladies and Women's Open.

The participating teams from Negros Occidental are as follows: San Carlos City FC, victories City FC, St. Mary Mazarello-Victorias, Minulu-an-Talisay FC, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College-Talisay, University of St. La Salle, USLS Alumnae, Rizal Elementary School, Andres Bonifacio Elementary School FC, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (Bacolod), St. Benilde Integrated School, Handumanan United FC, Tangub Christian Academy, Domingo Lacson National High School, Negros Occidental High School, Bago City FC, FC de Pontevedra, La Carlota City FC, Himamaylan City FC and Kabankalan City FC.

The invited teams from the Negros Oriental Football Association (Norfa) are Silliman University, Dumaguete City FC and Foundation University.

The Iloilo Football Association teams are: Barotac Nuevo FC, Sta. Barbara FC, and Municipality of Guimbal.

The Cebu Football Association teams are: GECIFI and Sacred Heart of Cebu

The Manila team is Miriam College.

Highlighting the event is the participation of the Team Philippines Under-16 Ladies Team which will represent the country in the forthcoming Asian U-16 Ladies Qualifiers slated this November.


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09 July 2009

AFF U16 Championship in Bangkok postponed

PETALING JAYA (9 July 2009) – The Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-16 Championship which was supposed to be held in Bangkok next month has been postponed.The championship, which was designed to serve as a tune-up for the AFC Championship qualifiers later in the year, was scheduled to take place at the Rajamangala Stadium on 6-19 August 2009.According to an official letter to the AFF from the FA of Thailand (FAT) which was signed by Ong-Arj Kosinkar, the general secretary, the reason for the postponement was due to the growing concern over the A(H1N1) flu in the country.

source : aseanfootball.org

ASEAN U19 Championship in Vietnam will go as planned from 4. August

07 July 2009

Where are the Younghusbands ?

James Younghusband played for Philippines in AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers in Maldives, now back in England and in the roster for England Beach Soccer NT ! Chad Gould is also in the team.


Phil Younghusband is probably in Manila working as a model. I dont think he is playing for a club at the moment.

AFC Futsal Championship 2010 - Qualifiers

KUALA LUMPUR: The AFC Futsal Championship Indonesia 2010 – Asean Zone Qualifiers, will be held from February 13-18 next year in Jakarta.
The draw for the tournament is scheduled for 22 July 2009, at 11.30am, at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur.
The eight countries taking part, by Asian ranking, are: Australia (5th), Malaysia (10th), Indonesia (11th), Vietnam (18th), Brunei (21st), Cambodia (NA), Myanmar (NA) and Philippines (NA).
The teams will be divided into two groups of four.

source : the-afc.com

06 July 2009

AFC Challenge Cup - April 2009

First half in AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers Maldives - Philippines on Maldives


Second half :


Philippines lost 2-3 on 16. April 2009 . Captain Borromeo got red card in first half and Philippines did not qualify for finals.

Philippines - Turkmenistan 0-5


No video from Philippines win 1-0 against Bhutan

Asian Youth Games - friendly

Philippines did not participate in Asian Youth Games because one of the players got H1N1 virus, but played a friendly against Singapore and drew 2-2.

Genco Carmelo Vicente and Clavano Luisito Jr. scored for Philippines.

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04 July 2009

FIFA Men's Ranking for July

Philippines up two places to number 158 in FIFA ranking for July. Highest position since December 1992 !

source : fifa.com