30 March 2019

Laguna - the 6th Carmeltown Football Cup

The 6th Carmeltown Football Cup is on its way on May 18, 2019 Saturday at The Grounds. (near Nuvali).
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Clark - CIFA Rising Up Tournament

Ingen bildebeskrivelse er tilgjengelig.

Inaugural Tournament for Clark International Football Academy in Clark, Pampanga!


28 March 2019

Cooper sees great talent for Azkals after Bangkok camp


National football team coach Scott Cooper hailed the Azkals’ low-key training camp in Bangkok, Thailand, as a “massive success,” saying that they’ve identified several prospects for selection for future Under-23 and senior tournaments, particularly 2022 World Cup Qualifying late this year.
While other Southeast Asian nations used the international break to play friendly matches and invitational tournaments, Cooper had 28 players under his wing for a week, giving them time to understand “the style, the philosophy, and culture that we want to build.”

“The camp has been a massive success,” Cooper told the Inquirer. “In a way, we were able to take a look at 15 players that we can tap for the future Under-23, Under-22 and SEA (Southeast Asian) Games and the senior team. But, of course, nobody has been ruled out for selection and we’re just following a careful plan that we’ve got to have the team ready for September (WCQ) and SEA Games.”
Among the players who were invited for the camp were long-time prospect Michael Kempter, Enrique Linares, Diego Bardanca and Jose Carillo.
Kempter, who plays in the Swiss League, has been in the Azkals’ radar for quite some time but suffered an injury that ruled him out of selection for the Asian Cup.
Linares, who plays in the third division in Spain, is the cousin of Azkals defender Alvaro Silva.
The 26-year-old Bardanca, a defender, has the most impressive resumé among the prospects as he currently plays in the second division in Poland. Bardanca is eligible to represent the country because of his Filipino grandmother.
Carillo, a striker, whose great grandfather is Filipino, plays for Cordoba in the Spanish second division.
Only four players based in the Philippines—Silva, Mike Ott, Curt Dizon and Kevin Ingreso—joined the camp.

Thailand-based players Javier Patino, Stephan Palla, Marco Casambre, Mark Hartmann, Amin Nazari and Michael Falkesgaard also linked up with the team along with Malaysia-based Amani Aguinaldo.
“This camp has been quiet, very professional and we built it up slowly,” said Cooper.


26 March 2019

Philippine Premier League postponed to April 27

Dear Pinoy football fans,
The Philippine Premier League will postpone the launch of the 2019 season to Saturday, April 27. This will allow Mendiola FC 1991 and Philippine Air Force FC to resubmit their documentation for PFF club licensing.
It is hoped that with the additional time the two teams can be granted provisional club licenses that will permit them to join the league this season.
We are taking this step to comply with the directives of the Philippine Football Federation, our sanctioning body.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this delay. We ask for your understanding as we work to make the 2019 Philippine Premier League season an exciting one for all of you.
Please standby for the schedule which will be released soon. Thanks, and keep on supporting Filipino football!

AFC U23 - Philippines 2-3 Laos

Laos came back from two goals down to defeat Philippines 3-2 and end their qualifying campaign on a positive note, while the Philippines were left to rue missed opportunities.

Philippines were the better side in the first half as they created problems for Laos at the back.

The Junior Azkals opened the proceedings through Javier Gayoso’s strike in the 11th minute before Gayoso added the second goal in the 33rd minute from the penalty spot to give the Philippines a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Laos were a completely different side in the second half as they overwhelmed the Philippines and finally broke their resistance in the 74th minute through Chitpasong Latthachack.

Laos scored the equaliser through Vannasone Douangmaity’s strike in the 88th minute before Bounphachan Bounkong snatched the winner in added time to seal an emphatic victory.


25 March 2019

AFC extends condolences on passing of Cathy Nazareno

Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) 
has offered its deepest condolences to the family and friends 
of Match Commissioner Mary Catherine 'Cathy' Nazareno.

Nazareno was a match commissioner for the AFC since 2007. She was also awarded for her hard work in 2009, when she was named the AFC Women's Match Commissioner, the only Filipino to ever win the prestigious award.

She was also known for her work in spreading the game in the Philippines at the grassroots level, as the Executive Director and CEO of the Younghusband Football Academy.

The thoughts and prayers of the AFC and the rest of the Asian football family are with Nazareno's close relatives and the Philippine Football Federation.


23 March 2019

PFF Club Licensing Issues Decisions

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Club Licensing First Instance Body have assessed the PFF club license applications of Green Archers United Football Club, Mendiola Football Club, Espana United Football Club, and Philippine Air Force Football Club to participate in PFF club competition for Season 2019.
After evaluation, the First Instance Body denied the PFF License application of Mendiola Football Club, Espana United Football Club, and Philippine Air Force Football Club for failure to comply with all the criteria set out in the PFF Club Licensing Regulations.
The same body granted PFF License (provisional) to Green Archers United Football Club.
With the above decisions, Mendiola FC, Espana United FC and Philippine Air Force FC cannot participate in PFF club competitions for 2019. These clubs may apply if they so wish to secure club license for 2020 competition.
The four club license applicants have been notified of the decision. The new league operator, Triple CH Holdings, had also been notified.
In light of the foregoing, PFF will proceed to review the fixtures to be submitted by its league operator.

22 March 2019

Philippine Premier League 2019 Matchday 1 and 2 schedule in Rizal Memorial Football Stadium

Philippine Premier League 2019
Matchday 1 and 2 schedule in Rizal Memorial Football Stadium
Saturday March 30
4pm : Globe Green Archers United FC v Mendiola FC 1991
7pm : Stallion Laguna FC v Philippine Air Force FC
Saturday April 6
4pm : Stallion Laguna FC v Ceres Negros FC
7pm : Kaya FC - Iloilo v Globe Green Archers United FC
We are delighted to announce our fixtures for the first two matchdays of the 2019 PPL Season!
We kick off on March 30 with a mouthwatering contest between the Archers and the Red Lions of Mendiola. Then the Airmen make their return to the top flight with a game against a determined Stallion team which will be live on 5Plus.
The following Saturday sees Ceres Negros make their PPL debut against Stallion in the early game. Then the other Philippine representative to the AFC Cup, Kaya FC - Iloilo, squares off against Globe Green Archers United. This game will also be aired live on 5Plus.
By the third matchday, all seven clubs will have had played. Standby for announcements on subsequent fixtures.
Ticketing details will be revealed on PPL social media within the next few days.
Kita-kita tayong lahat sa Rizal Memorial on March 30! Let's support Philippine football!

AFC U23 - Malaysia 3-0 Philippines FT


Malaysia 2-0 Philippines HT

3-0 FT

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21 March 2019

IT IS U22 + 2 FOR SEA GAMES 2019

MANILA (19 March 2019) – The men’s football event at the SEA Games 2019 in the Philippines will feature two over-aged players alongside the Under-22 bracket which has been recently introduced.
Under Article 3.3 under the Games’ Charter and Rules stipulates that only players age 22 and under (born on January 1, 1997 and below) and up to two players born before January 1, 1997 are eligible to attend the men’s football event at the Games.
The 30th edition of the SEA Games in the Philippines, will take place from 30 November to 11 December 2019 with 523 events from 56 sports.
The men’s football event will be held at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, while the Binan Football Stadium in Binan, Laguna is for women’s football.


20 March 2019

Philippines Men’s Under-23 In AFC U23 Championship 2020 Qualifiers

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has called up 23 players that comprise the squad for the Philippine Under-23 team that will compete in the AFC U23 Championship 2020 Qualifiers to be held in Malaysia from 22-26 March 2019.
The Philippines is drawn to Group J and will face host Malaysia, China PR, and Laos. The tournament also serves as the qualifiers for the 2020 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament.
The players called up formed the Philippine Men’s Under-22 team that participated in the recent AFF U22 Championship 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The players will hopefully form the squad for the 30th Southeast Asian Games which will be held this November in Manila.
“We wish the Philippines Men’s Under-23 team good luck in the AFC U23 Championship 2020 Qualifiers,” said PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes. “It is a dream for each player to play in the Olympics someday. This tournament will also serve as an avenue for them to enhance their abilities in preparation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games later this year.”
The head coach is Salvador Salvacion and assisted by Coaches Randolfo Clarino, Christopher Pedimonte, and Ralph Datoy. The team conducted their training sessions and friendly scrimmages against school-based teams at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in preparation for the tournament.
The team left for Malaysia this Wednesday 20 March 2019.

Players :


19 March 2019

Azkals training camp in Bangkok

Azkals on training camp in Bangkok.

Unofficial squad list , to be updated

Michael Falkesgaard. Mike Ott Amin Nazari Patrick Reichelt Stephan Palla Javier Patiño Alvaro Silva Kevin Ingreso Amani Aguinaldo
Mark Hartmann
Kevin Ray Mendoza Hansen

Newcomers : 1. Daniel Champness , Brisbane Roar U20 , Australia 2. Julian Schwarzer , GK , Pipinsried Fc , Germany 3. Kristo Strickler , Dayton Dutch Lions Fc , USA 4. Raphael Reynolds , Canada 5. Kieran Hayes, Nottingham U23, England 6. Yrik Galantes, Hibirnian U18, Scotland 7. Simen Alexander Lyngbø, Bærum , Norway 8. Michael Kempter, Fc Zürich U21, Switzerland 9. Diego Bardanca , Bytovia Bytow , Poland

10. Christian Rontini, Sangiovannese 1927, Italy
11. Kainoa Bailey, USA
12. Enrique Linares, CD El Palo, Spain
13. Kristofer Reyes, Iceland
14. Jose Angel Carrillo, Cordoba, Spain

13 March 2019

Kaya FC–Iloilo Fire Five Past ASEAN Champions in First AFC Cup Home Match

Kaya FC–Iloilo (Philippines) 5-0 Home United FC (Singapore)
March 13, 2019
Panaad Stadium
March 13, 2019; Bacolod, Philippines – Kaya FC–Iloilo made sure their first home match in the 2019 AFC Cup was one to remember. Braces from Darryl Roberts and Alfred Osei, and a goal from Jovin Bedic fired the hosts to a five-goal victory over the reigning ASEAN champions from Singapore, Home United.
Kaya got off to the perfect start, with Darryl Roberts heading in from close range in just the second minute of the match.
“This whole week we’ve been working hard in training, especially on set pieces,” said Roberts, who was named Man of the Match. “We just executed what was taught on the training pitch and for the first one it worked out well.”
The visitors then threatened to level the score almost immediately, but were denied by a goal-line clearance.
“We got an early wake up call. Masanari Omura was able to stop an opportunity from Home United. That woke us up. We then accepted the challenge, created opportunities, and we scored goals,” said Noel Marcaida after the match.
The second goal came just after the half hour mark. Roberts made the assist, as Jovin Bedic cut inside his man and blasted a shot past the keeper to double the advantage. Darryl made it three not long after, latching on to Connor Tacagni’s low cross for a close range finish. Iloilo entered the break flying with confidence, and they kept their foot on the gas in the second, scoring almost instantly after the restart.
From a free kick, Roberts broke free from his man and cut the ball back for Jordan Mintah. The Ghanaian forward’s shot was blocked, but the ball fell kindly for Alfred Osei to place in the top corner from close range. Osei then doubled his tally in the 56th minute. Mintah’s cross was headed away, but only as far as Alfred, who clinically volleyed the ball for Iloilo’s fifth of the match.
Roberts, Mintah, and substitute Yannick Tuason all came close to adding a sixth as Kaya kept ramping up the pressure, but United were spared any additional damage.
“This victory really means a lot to us. Not only is it a gift for our boss, Santi Araneta, who celebrated his birthday two days ago, and for Mike Casas who celebrated yesterday, it’s for one of our players whose mom is in a critical situation,” said Marcaida.
The victory pushed the Filipino club to four points and a goal difference of five, enough to top Group H. Kaya is followed by Indonesia’s PSM Makassar, who after their 7-3 victory against Lao Toyota, are behind only on goal difference. Laos’ champions and Home United round out the group. Kaya next travel to Indonesia to face PSM on April 2.

12 March 2019

Kaya FC–Iloilo Hosts ASEAN Champions in Panaad

Kaya FC–Iloilo are set to play their first home match of the 2019 AFC Cup on Wednesday, as they host reigning ASEAN zone champions, Home United at 3pm, at the Panaad Stadium.
“The last time Home United were here they beat Ceres [Negros] for the ASEAN championship, so we’re expecting a tough game tomorrow. But we came here prepared for what’s necessary in tomorrow’s game. I’m expecting my players to step up, especially those from Bacolod,” said Kaya head coach Noel Marcaida.
With Panaad Stadium the only AFC approved venue in the Philippines, Iloilo will play in nearby Bacolod, in the backyard of their club rivals from Negros.
“We really wanted to play in front of the Ilonggos in the Iloilo Sports Complex, but then again, we’re not just representing the club, we’re representing Philippine football in general. So we’re calling on not just the Ilonggos but also the football fanatics in Bacolod to support us and show them what Philippine football is about not just on the field, but off it as well,” said Marcaida.
Wednesday’s match will be particularly special for five Kaya players hailing from the region: Arnie Pasinabo, Jayson Panhay, Janrick Soriano, Jalsor Soriano, and Camelo Tacusalme.
“We are really excited for tomorrow’s game. It’s really exciting to be able to play in front of family and close friends,” said Kaya defender Tacusalme. “Our eagerness to win in front of them, and our willingness to win will be the key.”
Currently all four teams in Group H are tied with one point each, making victory all the more important against Home United.
“This is our second game (in Group H) but it seems like we’re just starting in our group, so it’s very important to get maximum points,” said Marcaida. “The camaraderie of the team is our strength. The brotherhood of the Kaya players really give us [good] morale heading into every game.”

AFC Cup: Maranon hattrick propels Ceres to 2nd win


THU DAU MOT – Spanish striker Bienvenido Maranon bagged a hattrick as Philippine champion Ceres Negros subdued Vietnamese side Becamex Binh Duong, 3-1, to regain top spot in Group G of the AFC Cup.
Maranon struck in the first half, before firing two quickfire goals late in the second half as the Busmen showed grit and character to survive a huge scare for their second straight victory at Gu Dau Stadium.

Playing on enemy ground, the Busmen also needed a stellar performance from goalkeeper Roland Muller, who produced a string of impressive saves to keep the Philippine champions ahead in the second half.
The win increases Ceres’ tally to six points from two matches, ahead of Persija Jakarta of Indonesia, which has four points after a similar 3-1 win over Shan United of Myanmar early Tuesday.
Only the top team in the group is guaranteed to make the knockout phase of Asia’s second-tier club football competition.
The Busmen got the better chances early on with OJ Porteria, fresh off a brace against Shan United two weeks ago, finding Maranon unmarked in the area. The Spanish striker, however, could only head the ball straight at Bui Tan Truong.
Moments later, Stephan Schrock’s cross field ball was collected by Porteria, but Truong was alert to the danger once again.
Ceres took the lead in bizarre fashion in the 26th minute. With Ceres still protesting an offside call, Truong dropped the ball to the ground only for Maranon to nick it past him and fire into an empty net.
The home side came alive late in the first half with To Van Vu nearly equalising in the 41st minute when he lashed a shot wide from the edge of the area.

Truong had one more save to make against the ever dangerous Maranon, who couldn’t find the back of the net from a tight angle.
Showing some urgency, Becamex piled up the pressure in the second half but Maranon once again nearly had his way against the Vietnamese defense when he shot straight at Truong in the 53rd minute

Muller was called into action in the 65th minute, denying Brazilian striker Wander Luiz from close range. Nguyen Anh Duc also tested Muller from distance in the 69th minute.
Becamex got its equalizer four minutes later when Luiz produced an acrobatic finish from close range after the Busmen failed to clear their lines.
Ceres’ response however proved impressive a minute later as Schrock’s cross was flicked by substitute Maher Karic to the path of Maranon, who bundled the ball home from close range.
The Spanish striker made it 3-1 in the 78th minute, getting on the end of Porteria’s deflected cutback to secure maximum points for Ceres.


11 March 2019


Ceres-Negros FC Coach Risto Vidakokovic knows the tough challenge his team is facing on match day two of the AFC Cup.
An away game against Vietnamese Cup winners Becamex FC will be the true test in the group that was deemed the toughest in the ASEAN zone.
The Serbian-Spanish Coach was direct in the match’s press conference when he talked about the current situation between them in the home side.
“They are playing at home. They are a very strong team,” said Vidakovic. “I saw them play. They played already three games in the league and they’re better prepared than us.”
The Coach hinted on his squads disadvantage as the domestic league has yet to commence in the Philippines.
“For us it will be hard to play the same intensity as them as we only played one game (in the AFC Cup) and that was two weeks ago. But we’ll do our best tomorrow,” he added.
Though lacking in games, the Ceres mentor was confident enough that they are ready to face the Cup winners.
“We have a game plan and we know how they play. Obviously its gonna be a hard game for us but we know what to do,” said Vidakovic.
The match is set to kickoff at 7PM Philippine time and will be shown live via 5 PLUS and pay TV cable channel Fox Sports 2.
Viewers will also be able to watch the matches live in the live stream platforms of the two channels.

08 March 2019

Azkals begin quest for World Cup berth in Bangkok

By:  - Reporter

Raring to continue its improvement, the Philippines will expand its talent pool as it prepares for the next cycle of World Cup qualifying beginning in September.
After losing all three matches against higher-ranked opponents in their first AFC Asian Cup appearance in January in the United Arab Emirates, the Azkals are now setting their sights on making a strong push for qualification to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Azkals manager Dan Palami said the road to Qatar begins with a weeklong training camp in Bangkok starting March 18.
Palami said there will be 42 players in the pool with the majority of them newcomers to the Azkals pool.
“The camp gives us an opportunity to really take a closer look at new players who can represent not just the senior team, but also the Under-22 team for the Southeast Asian Games,” said Palami.

Read more: https://sports.inquirer.net/340942/azkals-begin-quest-for-world-cup-berth-in-bangkok#ixzz5hYnwDbOD

05 March 2019

Ililo. Laguna battle to 1-1 draw in preseason rematch

By Ivan Saldajeno

BIÑAN—Almost a week after battling to a 1-1 stalemate in its season debut, Kaya Iloilo once again found itself settling for another 1-1 draw.

Stallion Laguna scored on a second half goal to deny Iloilo the road win in a rematch of their preseason battle at the Biñan Football Stadium on Tuesday.

Similar to its AFC Cup clash against Lao Toyota in Vientiane, Iloilo struck first when Jayson Panhay scored on a 27th minute goal.

But Andoni Seuscum nailed the equalizer in the 62nd minute to eventually force the draw.

In a way, Laguna got back at Ilolio after getting drubbed, 1-3, last month at the said venue.

01 March 2019

Philippines 0-7 China PR

Mandalay: China PR and Bangladesh sealed their places in the Finals after defeating Philippines and Myanmar respectively in the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship 2019 Qualifiers Round 2 Group B ties on Friday.

It was the second win for both teams and with Myanmar and Philippines without a point to show after two matches, China PR and Bangladesh are through and will meet on Sunday to decide the group winners.

Philippines 0-7 China PR

Zhang Hongyan’s four goals spurred China PR to a resounding 7-0 win over the Philippines at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium to give China PR their second straight victory.

China PR started with purpose and it only took them 11 minutes to find the back of the net courtesy of an own goal by Philippines’ Mikaela Villacin.

 The young Steel Roses, who cruised to a 5-0 win over Myanmar in their opener on Wednesday, added their second goal through Zou Mengyao in the 23rd minute.

China PR then turned on the style as Zhang scored three more goals in the 26th, 33rd and 44th minutes to give the East Asians a healthy 5-0 lead at half-time.

The Philippines, who lost 10-0 to Bangladesh on Wednesday, tried their best to contain their opponents but their efforts were in vain as Zhang added her fourth in the 77th minute while Fu Congcong completed the win a minute later.

Philippine Premier League 2019

To the Philippine football community,
The Philippine Premier League (PPL) is pleased to announce the lineup of clubs that will participate in its inaugural season for 2019. These teams will play in both the League Competition and the Paulino Alcantara Cup. They are listed here in alphabetical order.
1) Ceres Negros FC
2) Green Archers United Globe FC
3) Kaya Iloilo FC
4) Mendiola FC
5) Philippine Air Force FC
6) Stallion Laguna FC
7) Global Cebu FC (United Makati FC)
The full schedule of the matches for the League competition will be released on March 15.
There will be a double header on opening day, Saturday, March 30, at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. Fans can enjoy the first game at 4:00 pm, then a featured televised match at 7:00 pm broadcast live on ESPN5 Plus and Livestream.
We thank these seven teams for confirming their participation in the PPL. We will be updating all of you through our social media accounts, as more info becomes available.
The PPL would like to invite all football fans to come and support the teams at the stadium venues. Be a part of the excitement! Help keep the spirit of football alive!
See you at the games!
Bernard Sumayao
Philippine Football League