A total of 204 teams from different football clubs in the country will converge in Bacolod City for the staging of the inaugural 1st Ceres FC Friendship 7-A-Side Football Festival on February 1, 2014.
This was disclosed yesterday by Match Commissioner Warren Concepcion, who revealed that more than 2,000 footballers and hundreds of parents are expected to join and witness, respectively, the one-day football festivity.
Playing venues for this event are the Ceres FC North Football Field, Ceres FC Football Field-Mandalagan and St. John’s Institute Explorer School Football Field.
Tournament Vice Chairman Nicolas Golez said the festival is a vision of Ceres FC Manager Leo Rey Yanson, which is aimed at providing football enthusiasts the opportunity to foster and exhibit sportsmanship in a competitive, safe, and friendly environment. It seeks to encourage and promote football development in Negros Occidental, Golez added.
The assembly will be a common ground for gathering all passionate football players, for them to gain knowledge and respect for each other by setting aside prejudice towards differences and replace it with by friendship and camaraderie, organizers said.
The festival, organized in coordination with the Negros Occidental Football Association and the Philippine Football Federation, will feature 10 age-groups – boys/girls or mixed, born 2006 and after; boys/girls or mixed, born 2004 and after; boys born 2002 and after; boys born 2000 and after; boys born 1998 and after; boys born 1996 and after; girls born 2000 and after; men born 1976 and before; ladies open; and men’s open.
Led by Yanson as overall chairman, the organizing committee of the festival is composed of Golez as vice chairman; Warren Concepcion, competitions director and match commissioner; Augustine Rivas, head of officials; Dennis Estaniel, referees assessor; and Norman Fegidero, head of the control and disciplinary committee./