31 August 2014

Adam Reekie named new Kaya head coach

Kaya Futbol Club would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new head coach, Adam Reekie. He is the replacement for David Perković, who coached the club for two seasons.
Born in Folkestone, England, Adam Reekie, 34, holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” Coaching License, USSF National Youth License, and a coaching certificate from the English Football Association.
Before his appointment as Kaya’s head coach, he was the assistant coach of the Syracuse women’s football team for three seasons (2011–2014). His previous coaching stints also include being the assistant coach of the Canisius men’s football team (2009–2011), head coach of the Louisburg College women’s football team (2007–2009), and assistant coach of Lock Haven women’s football team for one season. Moreover, in his late teens, he was a community coach at Charlton Athletic Football Club.
“I am excited to join Kaya FC at this time when football clubs play a key role in the development of Philippine football,” said Reekie. “I know the club will be right behind me, and I hope I can make a big impression.”
Reekie, a former footballer, had a fairly modest playing career, most notably starting in all 34 games for Canisius and having been chosen as the team captain in 2004. Prior to that, he played for Louisburg (2001–2003), earning the Student-Athlete of the Year award in 2003, and helped the Hurricanes advance to two NJCAA national tournaments.
“This is a great opportunity for me to grow as a coach and experience the culture and football of the Philippines. I hope to bring what I have learnt from my time in England and the USA to Kaya FC and help them grow as a club and be successful on and off the pitch,” said Reekie.
We believe it is important to bring in someone who shares our values and is committed to our vision. Reekie has a history of achievements with his previous teams, both as a player and as a coach, and we are pleased to say that we have found a man with the experience, knowledge, and passion fit to lead Kaya in the FA League Cup and beyond.

PFF Smart National Club Championship - UM Tagum FC win East Mindanao Qualifier

2014 PFF Smart National Club Championship East Mindanao Cluster Qualifier August 29-31, 2014 Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex Mankilam, Tagum City, Davao del Norte August 29, 2014 Match 1 – UM Tagum FC (Davao del Norte) 1 vs. 1 Hooligans FC (Davao City) Match 2 – Montevista FC (Comval Prov.) 3 vs. 2 Tandag City FC (Surigao Sur) August 30, 2014 Match 3 – UM Tagum FC (Davao del Norte) 3 vs. 1 Montevista FC (Comval Prov.) Match 4 – Hooligans FC (Davao City) 12 vs. 0 Tandag City FC (Surigao Sur) August 31, 2014 Match 5 – Hooligans FC (Davao City) 1 vs. 1 Montevista FC (Comval Prov.) Match 6 – – UM Tagum FC (Davao del Norte) 13 vs. 0 Tandag City FC (Surigao Sur) FINAL STANDINGS W D L GF GA PTS UM Tagum FC (Davao del Norte) 2 1 0 17 2 7 Hooligans FC (Davao City) 1 2 0 14 2 5 Montevista FC (Comval Prov.) 1 1 1 5 6 4 Tandag City FC (Surigao Sur) 0 0 3 2 28 0 UM TAGUM FC will now move on to the National Group Qualifiers under Group D in Cebu City together with host Cebu Queen City United FC and the 2nd Best ranked in clusters 5,6,7 and 8(Mindanao cluster). Reported by: Rene Cosmod President of Davao del Norte

KO format adopted in Peace Cup meet

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) yesterday turned the format of the four-team Peace Cup into a knockout-style tournament due to a new regulation imposed recently by the International Football Federation (FIFA).
PFF said in a statement that the change was made after FIFA reminded all participating teams to follow a rule that allows teams to play a maximum of two matches during the international window or dates where clubs are required to release their players for national team duty.
The FIFA advisory forced the PFF to turn the Peace Cup opener on Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium into do-or-die matches.
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup winner Palestine takes on Myanmar in the first game at 4 p.m. before the Azkals face Taiwan at 7 p.m. The winner of both games will meet in the final on Sept. 6, after the losing teams play in a battle for third place.
“Due to FIFA Advisory received on 28 August 2014, all participating teams are expected to comply with the new regulations on two-match per international window,” the PFF said. “PFF has thus revised the competition format to allot a maximum of two matches per representative team during the period of 01-09 September 2014.”
PFF General Secretary Ed Gastanes explained that the federation sought for an exception since the new regulation became effective last Aug. 1, only to be turned down by FIFA.
“We asked for a special dispensation only for the purpose of the Peace Cup tournament because we already sent invitations before the new regulation was approved,” Gastanes said.  “We tried to convince FIFA but it was denied, so were compelled to observe the new regulation.”
The Peace Cup was supposed to be a single-round tourney with the team having the most number of points after three games emerging as champion.
The Azkals are seeking to win the Peace Cup for the third straight time but face strong opposition from this year’s participants.
— Jonas Terrado

30 August 2014

PFF Advisory on PFF Peace Cup 2014 Matches

Due to FIFA Advisory received on 28 August 2014, all participating teams are expected to comply with the new regulations on “two-match per international window.” PFF has thus revised the competition format to allot a maximum of two (2) matches per representative team during the period of 01-09 September 2014.
All Participating Teams have been advised of the following new match schedules for the PFF Peace Cup 2014:

Tickets bought for 09 September 2014 matches will be refunded or exchanged for tickets (same category) for matches on either 03 or 06 September 2014. TicketWorld has been advised to effect the refund or exchange.
29 August 2014. PFF House of Football, Pasig City.
Atty. Edwin B. Gastanes
General Secretary
Philippine Football Federation

National teams may only play a maximum of two international matches in any one international match period

To the members of FIFA
Circular 1355
Zurich, 6 May 2013 

Men's international match calendar for the September 2014 to July 2018 period

Dear Sir or Madam,

At its meeting on 20 March 2013, the FIFA Executive Committee ratified the international match
calendar for the September 2014 to July 2018 period (these dates can already be found on
FIFA.com - cf. enclosure).

As you will already be aware, this international match calendar has been drawn up after a vast
consultation process involving representatives of the confederations, leagues and clubs.
Consequently, this circular outlines the main aspects of the calendar as weil as the information you
will need to understand the calendar before it comes into force in September 2014.

Period: as mentioned above, this international match calendar will be in force between September
2014 and July 2018 (i.e. the final day of the 2018 FIFA World CUpTM). The period has been divided
into two cycles, 2014-2016 and 2016-2018. Each cycle has nine double-dates, each corresponding
to aperiod stretching from a Monday to the Tuesday of the following week. All of the
confederations - with the exception of UEFA - mayaiso use an extra double-date that is scheduled
for June 2016.

Matches: national teams may only play a maximum of two international matches in any one 
international match period. There shall also be at least three days between two matches of any 
national team. In other words, if a national team plays its first match on a Thursday, it cannot play
its second match until the following Sunday. It should be noted that if anational team's two
matches are not played on the territory of the same confederation, the maximum flight time for the
national team between the venues of the two matches shall be five hours over a maximum of two
time zones.


Sept 9 Philippines vs Palestine is cancelled !

PFF Peace Cup 2014 

PFF  Advisory 

Due to FIFA Advisory received on 28 August 2014, all participating teams are expected to comply with the new regulations on “two-match per  international window”.  PFF has thus revised the competition format to allot a maximum of two (2) matches per representative team during the period of 01-09 September 2014.
All Participating Teams have been advised of the following new match schedules for the PFF Peace Cup 2014:
Tickets bought for 09 September 2014 matches will be refunded or exchanged for tickets (same category) for matches on either 03 or 06 September 2014. TicketWorld has been advised to effect the refund or exchange.

All Participating Teams have been advised of the following new match schedules for the PFF Peace Cup 2014: 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
4:00 PM (M1) 
Palestine vs Myanmar 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
7:00 PM (M2) 
Philippines vs Chinese Taipei
Saturday, September 6, 2014
4:00 PM 
(Battle for 3rd Place) Loser M1 vs. Loser M2
7:00 PM  (Championship Match) Loser M1 vs. Loser M2 

YouTube : Azkals Press-Conference Final Line Up Peace Cup 2014

29 August 2014

Azkals coach Thomas Dooley names Peace Cup roster

From Karlo Sacamos

LIFE without Stephan Schrock and Dennis Cagara starts for the Philippines men’s football team. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley announced on Friday the roster for the Philippine Football Federation Peace Cup starting Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The absence of overseas-based standouts Schrock and Cagara has opened spots for Manny Ott, Mark Hartmann, Nate Burkey, Curt Dizon, and Simon Greatwich. University of the East star Fitch Arboleda has also gained a call-up, albeit as a reserve. 

The rest of the 24-man squad, which starts its title defense against Chinese Taipei, is composed of the holdovers from the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup last May. The full squad is listed below:   

*Fitch Arboleda
 Amani Aguinaldo
 Misagh Bahadoran 
Nate Burkey 
Kenshiro Daniels 
Jason de Jong
 Anton del Rosario
 Patrick Deyto 
Curt Dizon 
Rob Gier 
Chris Greatwich 
Simon Greatwich 
Juani Guirado 
Mark Hartmann 
Paul Mulders 
Roland Muller 
Carli de Murga 
Manny Ott 
OJ Porteria 
Patrick Reichelt
 Simone Rota 
Daisuke Sato 
James Younghusband 
Phil Younghusband  
 * - reserve  


28 August 2014

Azkals squad list for Peace Cup will be released today

"Press Conference on August 29th at 1:30pm / Aristocrat Restaurant Roxas Blvd. in where NT Coach Thomas Dooley will announce the final line up for the 23 member squad of the 2014 Peace Cup. All Media is welcome to join the press conference in where NT Coach Thomas Dooley will give the opportunity for the Media Representatives to address their questions on the final line up."

PFF Smart Club Cluster qualifiers this weekend - updated


Hooligans Fc - Davao
Montevista FC - Compostela Valley
Tandag FC - Agusan del Sur /Surigao del Sur
UM Tagum College Fc - Davao del Norte

Cluster 3: Central Mindanao
1. Maguindanao - Cotabato City FA
2. North Cotabato Federation of FA
3. Sultan Kudarat FA
4. FA of South Cotabato

August 29 - 31, 2014
Koronadal City, South Cotabato

Cluster 7: Central Luzon
1. Calapan Fc -Oriental Mindoro FA
2. Quezon FA
3. Schwarz Fc - Laguna FA

August 29-31
UP Los Banos, Laguna

Aug 29 Quezon 4-2 Calapan Fc (Oriental Mindoro)
Aug 30  Schwarz Fc (Laguna) 4-3  Quezon
Aug 31 Schwarz Fc (Laguna) 0-6 Calapan Fc (Oriental Mindoro)

Calapan Fc qualified

Cluster 8: South Luzon
1. Legazpi City - Albay FA
2. Camarines Norte FA
3. ABC Stars - Naga City- Camarines Sur FA

August 29-31
Daet , Camarines Norte

YouTube : Azkals vs. Global F.C.

27 August 2014

Azkals down UFL champs Global in Manila friendly

Jaelle Nevin Reyes

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Football Team notched a win over defending United Football League (UFL) champs Global FC, 3-1, in an exhibition match at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Wednesday, August 27.
The exhibition match, which was organized free to the public as a tuneup for the upcoming Peace Cup, was part of a fan day that began with a concert for the supporters of the team.
In the opening minutes of the first half, the tempo of the game was in sharp contrast of the festive mood in the stadium as both squads started the game slow.
However, the Azkals came to life after an offensive front spearheaded by veteran striker Phil Younghusband in the 5th minute but the formidable defense of the UFL champs held their fort.
Not backing down, Izo Elhabib from the Global-side took a shot off a free kick at the goal of Patrick Deyto but his shot did not penetrate to the back of the net.
In the 24th minute, P. Younghusband scored the opening goal for the national squad following a pass from Nate Burkey who received the ball off a back-line interception by Daisuke Sato.
Several goal-to-goal assaults were sent by the opposing squads going into the half but both teams successfully manned their posts as no additional goals were sank before the opening half expired.
Eighteen minutes into the second half, veteran Carli De Murga extended the lead for the Azkals after a striking shot to defeat the strong defense of Global FC goalie Roland Sadia.
On the other side of the pitch, Global’s Paolo Bugas sent a cross deep inside the Azkals’ penalty box but Jerry Barbaso’s header towards the goal was saved.

Eager to extend the lead for the national team, Patrick Reichelt broke loose from his defender via a through pass from the Azkals midfield but Sadia clinched on to his foot inside the box resulting into an automatic penalty.
Reichelt sank the penalty shot to increase the lead of the Azkals, 3-0.
A few minutes before the final whistle, a sneaky outbreak from Global FC was converted into a goal as the young Mark Winhoffer beat Deyto to reduce the lead to 3-1.
According to Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley, they utilized an experimental 3-5-2 formation for the first half but changed it to the normal 4-4-2 later in the second half.
“For the first half, we tried a new system. We never trained [for] it but we just want to play it because that’s what you do in those kinds of games. It didn’t work out so we switched the second half into a different system so our game became much better.”
“There were differences between some of the fitness of the players but overall it looks like they are pretty fit,” Dooley added.
Consequently, team captian Rob Gier, who just got back with the team 2 days ago, stressed that the game is a suitable preparation for the team’s crusade in the Peace Cup in September.
“It’s been great. Its been great to back with the guys after such a long break [the game] was nice to prepare us for the Peace Cup,”
Gier added that the team would be facing tough competitors in the upcoming Peace Cup, which begins September 3. AFC Challenge Cup champions Palestine, plus Chinese Taipei and Myanmar.
“I think we have three very tough games. We’ll obviously be playing Chinese Taipei who beat us last year. Myanmar who have now got a very good manager they are gonna be very dangerous. Palestine who beat us in the final a few months ago. It’s gonna be really tough,” he said. - Rappler.com

Friendly : Azkals 3-1 Global Fc

Azkals XI vs Global: Deyto, Rota, Gier (C), Aguinaldo, Sato, C. Greatwich, S. Greatwich, De Jong, J. Younghusband, Burkey, P. Younghusband

GLOBAL XI vs Philippines: Sadia; Ocaña, Rodriguez, Kama, Delon; Martinez, Hoshide, Villanueva, Kanayama; Elhabib, Behgandom

1-0 Phil Younghusband

1-0 HT

Second half Subs for Azkals: de Murga for James YH. J Guirado for Gier. M. Bahadoran for C Greatwich. Reichelt for Phil YH. Azkals back to 4-4-2

63 mins 2-0 Carli De Murga

Sub for Azkals: del Rosario for Aguinaldo. 70'

71' Dizon, Porteria, Ott and Daniels in for Sato, S. Greatwich, Burkey and Rota

79 mins 3-0 Patrick Reichelt , PK

82 min 3-1 Mark Winhoffer

3-1 FT

26 August 2014

Azkals brace for Cup defense

The Philippines will be out to reinforce its status as Southeast Asia’s No. 1 team when it hosts the four-nation Philippine Peace Cup kicking off Sept. 3 at Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The Azkals, who have not played since the AFC Challenge Cup finals last May, will be up against Chinese Taipei, Burma (Myanmar) and Palestine in the tournament and coach Thomas Dooley’s wards are hard-pressed to retain the crown they won last year in Bacolod.

“There’s pressure [to perform well] because of our [Fifa] ranking,” said Dooley at the PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate yesterday. “But it’s a pressure we welcome.”

Dooley has recalled defender Rob Gier, goalkeeper Roland Muller and midfielder Paul Mulders for the tournament. But the Azkals will miss Jerry Lucena and Javier Patino due to injuries, while young Germany-based prospect Mike Ott and Martin Steuble, who plays for Sporting Kansas in Major League Soccer, begged off to focus on their clubs.
Fil-Spanish defender Alvaro Silva, who plays in Kuwait, is hoping to secure his Filipino passport within the week and make himself available for the Peace Cup.

The Azkals remain formidable with United Football League Golden Ball winner Jason de Jong and veterans Phil and James Younghusband leading the local-based crew.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/162302/azkals-brace-for-cup-defense#ixzz3BWZaDk4O 

Azkals brace for toughest Peace Cup field led by Fifa Top 100 team Palestine

THE Philippine men’s football team braces for battle against the strongest field of opponents ever in its Peace Cup title defense next month. After ruling the first two editions of the annual four-nation local competition, the Azkals face a tougher test in Palestine, Myanmar, and Chinese Taipei starting September 3 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

 For the first time, the Filipino booters are coming in as only the second-ranked squad in what is considered a major preparation for the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup in November.  Palestine denied the Filipino booters the last spot in the prestigious Asian Football Confederation - Asian Cup next year with a heartbreaking 1-0 win in the AFC Challenge Cup Finals last May. The victory catapulted the Palestinians in the Fifa rankings from 165th to 94th. The war-torn nation has continued its rise, having placed 88th this month — way ahead of the 128th-ranked Azkals. 

The Taiwanese, despite being ranked way below the Azkals, defeated the Filipinos in last year’s staging, while Myanmar is seeking vengeance following two straight losses to the Philippines.. The Burmese footballers may be ranked 160th, 32 spots below the Azkals, but Philippines coach Thomas Dooley thinks their position belies their true worth. “Myanmar is maybe a better, stronger team (than Taipei),” the German-American mentor said on Tuesday in the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum. 

“Palestine is a little more difficult.” But Dooley is relishing the challenge. “I always hope that teams play with their best players because I want some challenge,” he said. “But I’m not being overconfident.” “I want to see what we’re doing wrong and what we have to improve on,” he added as the Azkals, the top-ranked Southeast Asian squad.

Read more at: http://www.spin.ph/football/azkals/news/azkals-brace-for-tough-peace-cup-field-palestine-myanmar-chinese-taipei

Neil Etheridge on trial with QPR FC

Azkals GK Neil Etheridge is on trial with Premier League club QPR Fc.

He played full match yesterday for QPR FC U21/Reserves in 0-0 match against Cardiff Fc.

Simon Mc Menemy new Loyola Meralco Sparks coach !

Ex Azkals coach Simon Mc Menemy is officially new Loyola Meralco Sparks coach

25 August 2014

PFF Smart National Club Championship , qualifiers

Valencia, Bukidnon

Friday 22. August

Del Monte Fc (Bukidnon) 5-0 Ampayon Fc (Butuan)
Magis Fc (CDO ) 4-1 Fc 95 (Iligan)

Saturday 23. August

Fc 95 (Iligan) 4-3 Ampayon Fc (Butuan)
Del Monte Fc (Bukidnon) 2-1 Magis Fc (CDO)

Sunday 24. August

Magis Fc (CDO) 5-1 Ampayon (Butuan)
Del Monte Fc (Bukidnon) 7-1 Fc 95 (Iligan)

Del Monte Fc from Bukidnon qualified .

Mendiola United (Rizal) 2-1 Flame United Cherifer (Cavite)

San Beda- Mendiola United qualified

Azkals aim for party atmosphere with Global FC friendly

MANILA, Philippines - In preparation for the squad’s title defense in the Philippine Peace Cup on September, the Azkals will face United Football League (UFL) champions Global FC in an exhibition match at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Wednesday, August 27.
The game, which will be free to the public to boost fan involvement with the national team, will also serve as a part of the team’s training camp leading to the upcoming Peace cup and the AFF Suzuki Cup.
Global FC, fresh from their UFL Football Alliance Charity Cup victory, is expected to give the Azkals a run for their money as they aim to simulate the high level of play that the team will encounter in their upcoming games.
Meanwhile, fans who will grace the event will be treated to a night of free entertainment and football action as bands Mayonnaise and Paraluman will kick off the event beginning at 7 pm which will also include a fan party and meet-and-greet opportunities with the players. The game starts at 8 pm.
Unfortunately, a slew of familiar names will not be present on the pitch for the friendly as crowd favorite and veteran winger Chieffy Caligdong, forward Javier Patiño and defender Jerry Lucena had to withdraw with injuries.
National team players who play for the Bacolod-based club Ceres FC arrived on Monday to join the training camp of the Azkals while foreign-based Azkals Rob Gier, Paul Mulders, Roland Muller and Martin Steuble are set to arrive later this week.
Also, Mike Ott, according to the official Twitter account of the team, told the management “he cannot join the Peace Cup, to focus on his chance to enter the first team at his club 1 FCN” in Germany.
The men’s national team is aiming to defend its title in the yearly international football meet that will be held from September 1 to 9 and will feature the top national teams of Chinese Taipei, Myanmar and Palestine. Peace Cup tickets will be priced from 60 to 533 pesos.
As of press time, the final of list of players that will be playing in the tournament has yet to be released. - Rappler.com

Azkals , August 27 Free concert and friendly against Global Fc


Fan Party with the Azkals, support our team for the last tune up match on the Peace Cup preparation and celebrate a fan party with the team and 2 live bands. 27th of August 2014 7pm - 11pm at Rizal Memorial Stadium.
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Azkals visit Aristocrat Restaurant

The Azkals Team is visiting the Aristocrat Restaurant Roxas Blvd. Branch on following dates for lunch 11:30am to 1:30pm / 27th of August 2014 from 11pm to 1am (dinner after the tune up match).

Azkals updates Monday

Official training schedule for Azkals this week at Rizal Memorial Stadium

August 25 - 26 10:00am – 11:30am and 3:30pm to 5:00pm

August 27 10:00am – 11:30am  , 

August 28 – 29 10:00am – 11:30am and 3:30pm to 5:00pm


- August 27 Friendly Azkals vs Global at Rizal Memorial Stadium . Free entrance

-  Azkals players  from  Ceres FC have not been at the training camp last week , but have all arrived Manila now and ready for training camp and friendly this week 
- Javier Patino scored this Sunday for Buriram United , but not confirmed that he will be playing in Peace Cup
- Foreign based player Rob Gier has arrived Manila
- Chieffy Caligdong is injured and cant train this week
- Alvaro Silva Linares , a new fil-Spanish player playing in Kuwait ,  could be playing Peace Cup if he get a Filipino passport in time

No news about the Palestine squad for Peace Cup. Domestic cup semifinals in West Bank  on August 27

Myanmar is scheduled to play Thailand U23 on August 31 in Thailand before going to Philippines

24 August 2014

Philippines National Futsal team to play in Indonesian tournament

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Philippines national futsal team will play in a Indonesian tournament from September 1 to 3.

Sept 1 vs Kyrgyzstan
Sept 2 vs Dalian Yuan Dinasty (China)
Sept 3 vs Indonesia

Philippines are preparing for AFF Futsal Championship in September

22 August 2014

Bohol Football - August 30 CPG Sports Complex


pls contact 09174332107 look for coach tady. John Tu Verg



Open to all football enthusiast! Register now! 
When: September 20, 2014
Time: 8:00am 
Where: De La Salle Zobel Football Field
Registration Fee: P3000/Team (15 player roster)

8-aside match (1 girl must be in side the field - if the roster has no girl, the team can only play up to 7 players in the field)

For more details!

Kindly contact Paulo Miguel Garcia at 0905.343.7920 

Ceres Fc players are not in Azkals training camp

Ceres Fc players are not in the Azkals training camp :
"Ceres unfortunately release the players only 3 -5 days ahead of the first official match."

This include players like Patrick Reichelt , Juani Guirado , Carli de Murga , Angeles brothers , Manny Ott , Nate Burkey and Jeffrey Christiaens

Update :

Seems that the Azkals players from Ceres Fc are going to Manila this weekend and will be ready for the Azkals training camp at RMS tomorrow

PFF Smart National Club Championship - West Mindanao clusters in Dapitan

PFF Smart Club C'ships 2014 (Cluster Qualifying Rounds) Game Sked:
JRMSU Sports Grounds, Dapitan City
August 22, 2014
1pm : DMC fc  8-1 Versache fc
3pm : ZHFC vs. Saints fc

August 23, 2014
1pm : DMC fc 4-0 ZHFC
3PM : Saints fc vs. Versache fc

August 24, 2014
8am : ZHFC vs. Versache fc
10am : 
DMC fc vs. Saints fc

DMC FC - Dipolog
Saints Fc - Pagadian 
ZHFC - Zamboanga Hermosa Fc - Zamboanga City
Versache - Misamis Occidental - Ozamis FA

19 August 2014

Loyola Meralco Sparks Fc - Try-outs August 21-23

OPEN TRYOUTS for the Loyola Meralco Sparks Football Club! From August 21-23, 2014 at the Emperador Stadium, McKinley Hill, 4-6 PM!

Top football teams clash in PFF National C’ship

By Joey Villar
MANILA, Philippines – The country's best club football teams get to test each other's mettle as they shoot to win the top purse worth P200,000 when the Phl Football Federation-Smart National Club Championship unfolds starting with cluster eliminations in Mindanao on Friday.
Four teams in Cluster One in West Mindanao will battle it out for group qualifiers spots from Aug. 22-24 at the JRMSU Sports Complex in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte, while four more teams clash in Cluster Two in North Mindanao on the same dates set at the PFF Regional Football Center in Valencia, Bukidnon.
Patrick Gregorio, MVP Foundation Vice President and Smart Sports head consultant, on Tuesday said the primary aim of Smart in supporting this annual event is to discover and tap football talents from the provinces.
In fact, one of the products of this Smart-bankrolled event is Davao's Manny Aguinaldo, who is now a member of the Phl Azkals team after being part of a team that made it as far as the qualifiers.
"The main goal is to produce future national team members from the provinces, which is part of what the MVP Foundation and Smart are espousing," said Gregorio.
Smart Sports' senior manager Christopher John Quimpo, for his part, said this tournament will also give the younger players a chance to play against the country's top players  suiting up for teams from the United Football League like Ceres-La Salle, Kaya, Loyola Meralco Sparks and Global.
"This is in line with the advocacy of our chairman Manny V. Pangilinan of promoting and developing sports in different regions of the country," said Quimpo. "The young guys will also get to play against some of country's top football players."
PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Castanes also graced the presser.
The event continues with Cluster Three and Four matches slated from Aug. 29-31 at the South Cotabato Sports Complex in Koronadal City and the Davao del Norte Sports and Cultural Center in Tagum.
There will also be cluster matches in the National Capital Region, North Luzon, Central Luzon and South Luzon.
Cluster winners will advance to the group qualifiers where they will tackle teams headed by last year's winners Ceres-La Salle Bacolod.
The top teams from the group qualifiers will then join UFL's top teams, Kaya, Meralco and Global late this year at the Rizal Memorial pitch.