30 December 2015

‘Twas a good year despite Azkals’ poor finish – PFF

By Olmin Leyba
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Football Federation president Nonong Araneta still onsidered 2015 a good year for the sport overall despite the Azkals’ string of losses in the Fifa World Cup qualifiers in the last quarter.
Parading a slew of high-quality recruits and returnees, the Azkals actually got off to a 2-0 start in Group H of the WCQ with victories over Bahrain and Yemen last June. This propelled Phl to its all time high of 124th in the July Fifa world rankings.
However, the Azkals went on a freefall thereafter. Although they held leader North Korea to a fighting 0-0 draw in Pyongyang, the Pinoy booters lost three matches along the way to crash out of the World Cup qualifiers with still two fixtures left in their schedule.
The Azkals, though, remain in the running for a berth to the next round of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and they need to finish third in the group to advance.
“It’s also a good year for Philippine football. We started the World Cup qualifiers with a bang; unfortunately, we didn’t do well in the last three games. But hopefully, we can still advance to the Asian Cup Qualifiers in 2016. That’s our target now,” said Araneta.
The PFF chief expressed belief lack of “match fitness” took its toll on local-based Azkals in the October and November fixtures of the WCQ as their stints in the United Football League had long ended at the time.
“Siguro the UFL season ended too early. Nawala ng fitness ng players (The players weren’t as fit at the time of the WCQ). They ended September; nakita naman natin malayo yung fitness nila last June compared to October, November (We can see the disparity in fitness in their matches in June and in October-November),” he said.
“We’re asking the UFL to start their season in February and end in October because we’re looking forward to the Suzuki Cup by November),” he added.

Ceres FC Youth Manila- Open Try-outs

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23 December 2015

Kaya signs new foreign players

Kaya Futbol Club would like to announce more good news as the Kaya family grows bigger with the signing of Australian goalkeeper Matthew Acton, Ghanaian goalkeeper Isaac Annan, and Senegalese striker Robert Lopez Mendy.
Matthew Acton, from Thuringowa Central, Australia, played for Olympic FC before joining Kaya. He previously played for Yangon United in the Myanmar National League and became the first Australian goalkeeper to join the league. Upon his arrival, he started in all 14 of his league matches, keeping five clean sheets, and eventually helped Yangon finish second in the league. Prior to playing overseas, he spent seven years with A-League team Brisbane Roar, where he returned for a brief spell before joining Olympic FC in 2015. He also represented Australia at the U20 level.
Isaac Annan, from Accra, Ghana, established and developed his football career in Ghana, where he played for Unistar Soccer Academy, Pure Joy FC, and Charity FC, respectively. He also got called up to Ghana’s U20 team in 2010. He’s a fearless and formidable shot stopper, and we hope he can establish himself at Kaya as well.
Robert Lopez Mendy, from Dakar, Senegal, previously played for Green Archers United FC. Having scored for the Archers on numerous occasions, he helped the team reach its goals through his goal-scoring exploits and fantastic performances in the United Football League (UFL).
We would like to give a warm welcome to our new signings, who are a testament to our intentions to strengthen our squad, continue where we left off from last season, and start the year with hope and promise.

Antonio Ugarte returns, is joined by new Filipino players

Kaya Futbol Club is delighted to announce the return of former Kaya player Antonio Ugarte and the addition of five new Filipino players—Shirmar Felongco, Julian Matthews, Sean Kane, Vito Tanton, and Charlie Beaton.
Antonio Ugarte joined Kaya in August 2012, and after donning the club’s colors for two UFL Cups and one league season, he left the club in December 2013 with our sincerest gratitude and respect. After two successful years in Thailand, during which he played for Nara United and Pattani, respectively, the midfielder returns to Kaya FC. “It was an incredible experience. I feel like I’ve matured a lot since I moved there … I think it made me an all-around better player,” narrated Ugarte. He has always had the qualities of a Kaya player, and we are delighted to have him back on the team. “It’s amazing being back. Kaya has always felt like family to me, so I’m so comfortable with this group. It’s made the transition really easy, and after only a month, I know I made the right decision coming back,” he admitted.
Shirmar Felongco, born in Calinog, Iloilo, is not new to the Philippine football scene, having played for UST and two United Football League (UFL) teams, Pachanga and Stallion, prior to joining Kaya. In addition, he was recently called up to play for the Philippines’s U23 side this year when he participated in the 2016 AFC U23 Championship qualifiers in Thailand and in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore, where he scored his first international goal against Myanmar. Eager to prove his skills, the Ilonggo player is thrilled to be part of the Kaya family. “Nag-sign ako dito kasi gusto ko pa ma-enjoy ang football life ko, at saka gusto ko pa na marami pa akong matutunan sa paglalaro. Masaya ako na naging part ako ng team kasi isa rin sila sa malakas na team sa UFL. … Maglalaro ako bilang isang utility player sa team. Para kahit anong position ang ibigay ng coach, kaya kong patunayan na kaya kong maglaro,” said Felongco.
Julian Matthews, born in Manila, moved to Australia in 2007. The youngster has played for different teams such as Real Valladolid, Gold Coast Reps, and Queensland. He won the league with his most recent team, Palm Beach SC, in Australia, and he is now set to make his debut with Kaya. “Kaya is a great team. I felt comfortable when I was training. It feels great to be part of the Kaya family. Everyone is really friendly and nice. That’s why I decided to sign for Kaya—because I felt part of the family and I’d fit in with the guys,” shared Matthews.
Sean Kane was born in Pasay, Philippines, and moved to the Netherlands when he was six years old. At just seven years old, he played for a small club in Veldhoven, Netherlands (RKVVO). Two years later, he moved to Sweden and started playing for Lerums IS, where he received multiple awards such as Player of the Year and Coaches’ Award. At 16, he rose through the youth ranks to become part of the first team, which paved the way for his development and steadfast commitment. “I got the opportunity to move up to train and play together with some experienced players that gave me so much knowledge of the game and formed me into the player I am today,” said Kane. He later moved to the States to study and play for Menlo College and is now a Kaya player. “I had a great feeling about Kaya from the moment I had my first tryout. I felt welcomed from the first moment, and despite me not being in the team yet, it felt like I had been there for so long already …”
Vito Tanton, born in Freeport, Illinois, brings to the club his football experience from Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) in the States and Unió Atlètica d’Horta (UA Horta) in Barcelona, which shaped him to become a committed player. “I think I can add some maturity, creativity, composure, and physicality to Kaya’s midfield and also just add to the depth of quality of the squad,” said Tanton. He also had a brief spell at Loyola Meralco Sparks but was unfortunately sidelined due to an injury. He is now back in the game as a Kaya player and will play alongside his brother Miguel Tanton. “Kaya has a style of play created by the players they have and have had that made it a very easy decision to join. There is a commitment to humility and hard work at the club, which was also very important to me in not just a sporting aspect. It feels great to be here,” he explained.
Charlie Beaton was born in Cavite, Philippines, and moved to London when he was two years old. While growing up in England, he played for amateur clubs and even got the chance to play for Watford for two years despite not making it into the first team. He eventually moved back to the Philippines to play for Loyola Meralco Sparks and represented the Philippines at the U23 level in the 2016 AFC U23 Championship qualifiers in Thailand. “I have admired Kaya as a club since I first got here. I think the club is run really well with great coaches and a bunch of talented players. I’m happy to add to that. They have been very welcoming,” said Beaton. “I look forward to playing with the players and working alongside Chris to bring the best out of the squad and myself.”
We hope everyone will extend a warm welcome to the new members of the Kaya family, who will stand in good stead for the challenges ahead. There may be new faces, challenges, and experiences, but we will uphold the same values and qualities that we are known for as we move forward in this journey together. We are pleased to be bolstering our squad with our new signings, and we look forward to seeing them in action in the UFL, 2016 AFC Cup, and beyond. Welcome to Kaya!


21 December 2015

20th Alaska Football Cup draws record field

MANILA, Philippines - The Alaska Football Cup has come a long way since it was launched a couple of decades ago, luring more than 6,000 players and over 400 teams when it staged its 20th edition at the Alabang Country Club recently.
Alaska Milk president and CEO Wilfred Uytengsu said it was a privilege to hold the biggest and most successful grassroots-development program on the local football scene even as he recalled the tournament’s modest start.
“In 1996, we had 350 players and 25 teams. In our 20th anniversary, we held a three-day event in 26 football fields with 6,150 players in 410 teams. In those 20 years we’ve had 12,159 teams of over 58,000 players play 13,800 games with over 40,000 goals scored. We’ve come a long way,” said Uytengsu.
The Alaska chief also cited the dedication of tournament organizer Tomas Lozano and his role not only in helping promote the tournament but also in discovering some of the best football players in the country who eventually went on to play in the Azkals national team.
“Over these 20 years we’ve also had the opportunity to have some really fantastic players participate in the event. We are proud to say that many in the ranks of the Azkals have come through the Alaska Cup, including Ali Borromeo, Roel Gener, Chieffy Caligdong and Amani Aguinaldo,” said Uytengsu.
Alaska Milk encourages sports engagement as it instills positive values during the early stages of a child’s life.
“Alaska Football Cup is more than just discovering elite players. It’s about promoting teamwork, commitment and dedication. We hope that as players you will keep those characteristics in mind. It’s a privilege to be here to open the 20th Alaska Cup,” said Uytengsu.    
The AFC is the highly anticipated annual football tournament for today’s young athletes with school teams and football clubs from all over the Philippines, including Masbate, Baguio, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Legaspi, Laguna, Batangas, Bukidnon, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Ilocos, Bicol, Romblon, Davao Sur, Compostela Valley, Quezon, Cavite, Albay, Pangasinan, Bacolod, Iloilo, Mindoro and Metro Manila participating.
For details on the AFC, visit www.alaskapowercamp.com/football; or like us on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/PlayPH or www.alaskamilk.com.

20 December 2015

PFF Smart U22 Qualifiers in Dipolog and Sultan Kudarat - update

PFF Smart U22 Qualifiers this weekend on Mindanao

Group G : MAGCOCIFA, NOCOFA, Sultan Kudarat FA and FASCO 
Kalawag Central Sport Complex, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat

North Cotabato qualified as winner of group G !

Group H : MOOFA, Zamboanga FA, ZANDIFA and ZSPFA

Andres Bonifacio College Football Field, Dipolog City

FIFA World Ranking Women

FIFA World Ranking Women December

Latest ranking was released Friday

Philippines up 3 to number 80


11 December 2015

PFF Smart U22 Qualifiers in Tagum City - complete results

PFF Smart U22 Qualifiers in Tagum City , Davao del Norte

Day 1 Friday :

1.30 pm : Agusan del Sur 1-7 Compostela Valley

3.30 pm : Davao del Norte 2-2  Davao

Day 2 Saturday ;

Davao 12-0 Agusan del Sur
Davao del Norte 9-1 Compostela Valley

Day 3 . Sunday

Davao 16-1 Compostela Valley
Davao del Norte 8-1 Agusan del Sur


Pics : Renato Cosmod


Dear Football Coaches,


We are pleased to announce that the Celestial Football Club, in cooperation with Bukidnon Football Association (BUFA), will host and organized the PUMA – Celestial Invitational Football Cup 2015 on December 28, 2015 (Monday) at Camp Phillips Football Grounds.  We would like to invite you to participate on this great event.  By playing this sport, kids will enjoy the benefits of physical exercise without missing the fun while learning the life lessons about winning and losing and standing right back to try again.  The young athletes will also learn the value of discipline, develop friendships, and gain the qualities of leadership, responsibility, perseverance, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Our staff of experienced tournament organizers has dedicated themselves to ensuring and enjoyable experience for you, your kids and your team. Our goal is to host the most competitive tournament in Bukidnon. No team has the luxury to have a bad game, the competition is just tough! Let us be one world and one game play with different teams to guarantee your teams participation of the tournament, completely fill out the attached entry and registration forms on or before December 20, 2015. Walk in participants will not be entertained. We look forward to your favorable reply as you are aware of your support and cooperation is very important. There’s no better time to be part of this game than right now.

If you have question regarding the tournament please contact BUFA Board of Governor, Coach Marlon R. Gonzales, with contact no. 0936-6648989; email add:
gonzalesmr1976@gmail.com; Referee In-charged, Michael A. Barola contact no. 0906-1589384; CFC President contact no. 0935-5867169.


For the love of the game,


Joy C. Morales


Celestial Football Club

In Kuala Lumpur: Ceres FC draws Group E

By Jerome Galunan Jr.

Bacolod City-based and reigning 2015 United Football League (UFL) Division 1 champion Ceres-La Salle FC joined Group E after yesterday’s official draw for the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC), held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ceres FC joined Singapore’s Tampines Rovers, Malaysia’s Selangor, and Bangladesh’s Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi.

 The Tampines side has impressive records winning major trophies in Singapore football, including the Singapore Cup and the S. League.

 The Singaporean squad has also won the national league championship seven times; thrice in the Singapore Cup; 5 times in the S. League; and once in the ASEAN Club Championship.
The Malaysian Selangor FA is also considered the most successful club in Malaysia. It has won a record 32 Malaysia Cups, 7 Malaysia Super League titles, 2 Malaysia Premier League titles, 7 Malaysia FAM League titles, 5 FA Cups, 8 Charity Cups, 4 Malaysia President Cups, 2 Malaysia Youth League titles, and an Agong’s Cup crown.
Meanwhile, the Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi has scored 3 titles in the Bangladesh Premier League, 3 in Bangladesh Federation Cup, and one each in the Nepal Budha Subba Gold Cup, Nepal Pokhara Cup, and Bhutan Kings Cup.
For Ceres FC mentor and director Ali Rojas Go, however, he thinks it’s a good draw for the club. “We have a big chance against the Singapore, Malaysia and Bangladesh sides. If we are 100% ready, we can beat these teams. Preparation will be the key to progress to the next stage,” he said.
On the other hand, fellow Philippine side Kaya joined Hongkong’s Kitchee, Singapore’s Balestier Khalsa, and Maldives’ New Radiant in Group F./



10 December 2015

Little Azkals bow to Yokohama

The Little Azkals under-13 team failed to enter the quarterfinals of the 2015 SuperMokh Cup after bowing to Japan’s Yokohama FC, 1-4, at the MSN Field in Bukita Jalil, Malaysia on Thursday.
The Philippine team, who was unable to register a win after four games, was overwhelmed by the Japanese squad during their meeting in the crossover playoff match.
The Little Azkals, composed of standouts from all over the country, bowed out of contention after losing to foes in Group D, among them Spain’s Rayo Vallecano FC, Suwon Samsung Bluewings FC of South Korea and Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor.
In their first match, the Little Azkals took a beating from Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor FC, 0-6, before suffering another loss to Spain’s Rayo Vallecano, 0-8.
The Philippines, in the group stage of the tournament, was again defeated in the last elimination stage match by the Bluewings of South Korea, 0-4.
Besides the Little Azkals, United Football League club Global FC’s U12 team is also representing the Philippines in the under-12 category of the tilt. The squad has been playing in Group D together with Sepahan FC of Iran, PSW Futera of Thailand, South Korea’s Haeundae FC and Bintang Biru of Malaysia.
In contrast to their older compatriots playing in the international youth tourney, Global FC is currently on top of their group with five points after a win and two draws.

 Jaelle Nevin Reyes


PFF Smart U22 Championship qualifiers in Tagum City

2016 AFC Cup draw

First matches on Feb 23 and Feb 24.

Three home matches .

Kaya will probably play at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila,
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09 December 2015

Agila Fc - Tryouts on Dec 12 and and Dec 13

For the upcoming UFL 2016 season, AgilaMSA will be holding tryouts on Saturday (Dec 12) 7:00 am and Sunday (Dec 13) 9:00 am the Circuit Blue Pitch. We are likewise seeking outstanding local players to bolster our team for the UFL 1st division level.

Agila FC's Profile Photo


07 December 2015

UFL : Navy Fleet Marine

Join the OPEN TRY OUTS for the MEN'S and YOUTH division on Dec. 12 & 19 at the Navy field, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. Grab the chance to be selected and play in the UFL. Open to foreign players. Text or call if you have any question. See you!

04 December 2015

2016 AFC Cup : Ceres Fc and Kaya in group stage

Kuala Lumpur: The stage is set for the 2016 AFC Cup Group Stage official draw which will take place in Malaysia on December 10.
The draw will be held at the Hilton Petaling Jaya at 3pm (GMT +8) on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.
The Group Stage, which will kick off on February 23, will be preceded by the West Zone’s Play-off Stage which will see the matches of Al Hidd (BHR) v K-Electric (PAK), Tripoli Club (LIB) v FC Alay (KGZ), Al Wahda (SYR) v Turkmenistan’s second club (TBC) and Ahli Al Khalil (PLE) v FC Khujand (TJK). The four play-off winners will advance to the Group Stage - West Zone.
The clubs that await in the Group Stage are:

Iraq: Nafit Al Wasat, Air Force Club
Jordan: Al Wehdat or Al Jazeera, Al Faisaly
Oman: Al Orouba, Fanja
Bahrain: Al Muharraq
Lebanon: Al Ahed FC
Syria: Al Jaish
Palestine: Al Dharia
Tajikistan: FC Istiklol
Turkmenistan: Altyn Asyr

Hong Kong: Kitchee, South China
Myanmar: Yangon United or Yadanarbon, Ayeyawady United
Malaysia: Johor Darul Ta’zim, a second club (TBC)
India: Mohun Bagan AC, JSW Bengaluru FC
Singapore: Tampines Rovers or Warriors FC, Balestier Khalsa SC
Maldives: New Radiant SC, Maziya Sports & Recreation
Philippines: Ceres La Salle FC, Kaya FC
Laos: Lao Toyota FC
Bangladesh: Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd
The clubs will be drawn into eight groups -- Groups A, B, C and D (West Zone) and Groups E, F, G and H (East Zone).

Play-offs (West Zone): February 9
Group Stage: February 23 & 24 (MD1), March 8 & 9 (MD2), March 15 & 16 (MD3), April 12 & 13 (MD4), April 26 & 27 (MD5), May 10 & 11 (MD6)
Round of 16: May 24 & 25
Quarter-finals: September 13 & 14 (1st Leg), September 20 & 21 (2nd Leg)
Semi-finals: September 27 & 28 (1st Leg), October 18 & 19 (2nd Leg)
Final: November 5


03 December 2015

FIFA World Ranking December - Philippines number 139

FIFA World Ranking for December

Philippines down 2 to number 139

Thailand highest ranked country in ASEAN now at number 133


02 December 2015

Azkal Kevin Ingreso signs for Ceres Fc

Azkal Kevin Ingreso has signed for Ceres Fc .

His previous club was SV Drochtersen/Assel in Germany.

28 November 2015

Makati City : Prama Football Festival



All Women's Futsal Tournament

Hey girls! We are inviting you to join an all women's futsal tournament this coming December!  PM me or Judi Saavedra for inquiries/reservations. 😊 only 8-10 slots available!!


27 November 2015

PFF Smart U22 Qualifiers in Surigao City

PFF Smart U22 Qualifiers in Surigao City

Day 3 - Friday

Surigao 2-1 Butuan

Bukidnon 7-2 Iligan

Bukidnon win group and advance to quarterfinals


Ceres FC hopes for favorable result in AFC Cup draw

By Jerome Galunan Jr.

Following their heartbreaking experience in Maldives during the last Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup, the Bacolod City-based Ceres La Salle FC is hoping to get a favorable result this time when the official draw commences on December 10-12 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“Hopefully we will get a good draw for AFC Cup. I think the Ceres team now can surprise a lot of teams in AFC,” said club director and mentor Ali Rojas Go. “There are strong teams in AFC Cup while there are some teams we can really beat,” he added.
“So the draw will be a big factor here. Our target is to make it to the next round of the group stage; this stage is a knockout round. And with the help of our home games in Negros, we can have a good chance,” he added.
The reigning United Football League (UFL) champions have resumed training at the North Football pitch in Talisay City recently. The team is also preparing well for the UFL’s 2015-2016 Season.
Go reiterated that the club will undergo rigid preparations for these two major tournaments next year, where Ceres FC will play 3 home matches in the AFC Cup elimination.
Further, the Ceres FC management is still in the process of signing up new players to strengthen the club’s competitiveness for the upcoming tournaments. “Right now, we are finalizing the details in taking in these players. We will reveal it as soon as everything is complete,” Go said.
Meanwhile, Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) President Ricky Yanson said they have to ensure that the hosting, including the football facility, meets the requirement of the AFC./WDJ


Singapore Cup : Third Place match : Global Fc 1-3 DPMM Fc

Wasps Keen To Beat Global To Cap Off Good Season

Written by: Shawn Lim
RHB Singapore Cup Third/Fourth placing: Brunei DPMM vs Global FC
(Friday, 27 November, 5:00pm, Jalan Besar Stadium)
Brunei DPMM will be looking to finish their season on a winning note when they play Global FC in their RHB Singapore Cup Third/Fourth placing clash on Friday evening at Jalan Besar Stadium.
The Wasps, who are fresh off winning the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League 2015 title, saw their hopes of doing the double vanished after losing 4-3 on aggregate to Home United in their semi-final second-leg match.
DPMM coach Steve Kean expressed his disappointment at not being able to lift another trophy, but feels that the loss will motivate his players to beat Global and cap off a good season.
“We rather be playing in the finals, than in the third/fourth placing match and we are disappointed in that because we had a good season,” said the Scot.
“We are disappointed in our performance against Home United the other night.. we are disappointed with the result because I thought we played well enough to at least take it to extra time.
“We got a controversial goal disallowed in the last minute that would take it to extra time, so we don't really need to motivate the players because we have set very, very high standards.
“They know now that no matter what game it is..what time this season, they have to try to perform to at least that standard, maybe even more. So the motivation for us is to finish strong and play the way we did for most of the season.”
However, Kean feels that Global will be tough to play against even though they lack match fitness, as they will have much fresher legs than the Wasps.
The Philippines team had not played a single competitive game after the first-leg defeat to Albirex Niigata (S) and their rustiness showed in the second leg when they lost 3-1 on aggregate to the Japanese side.
“We have actually the opposite challenge to (Global coach) Leigh Manson's, because we have played so many competitive games and we are looking for rest days,” said Kean.
“We played in the S.League then a few days later, we played in the (Singapore Cup) semi-final, so we actually don't need to train, but to rest and recover.
“Leigh is correct to say that their game against Albirex helped them increase their sharpness, but all we had to do was just recover and do swimming pool sessions and try to help them keep their fitness for the last time.
“Global pass the ball well, the players are going to press us, they try to dominate possession with good technical players, so I think this will be a really good game between both clubs.”
Meanwhile, Global coach Leigh Manson is eager to play against the Wasps as he feels that the new S.League champions will provide a good challenge for his players.
“We are looking for a strong finish to the season and we have the added incentive that Steve Kean's side are top of the Singapore League, so it is a good benchmark for us,” said the Scot.
“We prefer to play in the finals, but it is a good challenge for the players, something that we always strive for because we always want to raise our levels.
“We are excited to be playing the league's new champions tomorrow night.”
Manson is also looking forward to be the first Philippines side to finish as second-runner up in the Singapore Cup after making history in the AFC Cup this season.
“Global and Brunei have a little bit of history and we have not solved the problem of beating them yet,” he said.
“We can win this game and do what no other Philippines team have done and we did that in the AFC this year.
“We did a lot things that have never been done before - winning the first points in the 0-0 draw with Pahang where we showed the level that these players can play at.
“We take pride in being the first to do things, so we would like to be first team to finish beyond fourth place.”
The match will be streamed LIVE on Voxsports from 4:30pm. Click here to watch:

26 November 2015

PFF U22 Qualifiers in Surigao City

PFF U22 Qualifiers in Surigao City today :

Day 2

Surigao 2-2 Bukidnon

Iligan 2-0 Butuan

25 November 2015

PFF U22 Qualifiers in Surigao City

PFF U22 Qualifiers in Surigao City :

Day 1 - Wednesday

Butuan 0-1 Bukidnon

Surigao 1-2 Iligan

Nice blog about the qualifiers :

PFF coaches on scouting mission in US

By Cedelf P. Tupas

THE PHILIPPINE Football Federation has sent coaches to the United States to scout for fresh talents who can beef up the national women’s team in future tournaments.
PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes said technical director and former men’s team coach Aris Caslib and current women’s team mentor Buda Bautista are spearheading the “scouting mission” along with ex-women’s team coach Ernie Nierras.
The United States has been a rich source of talent with players having Filipino lineage beefing up the squad in past tournaments, including Joanna Houplin who plays for Seattle Sounders women in the US second division.
“Our goal is to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup,” said Nierras.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/199826/pff-coaches-on-scouting-mission-in-us#ixzz3sXskYaMJ 

Panaad eyed to host 2016 Suzuki Cup

By Jerome S. Galunan Jr.

Following the successful staging of the recently-concluded Philippine Football Federation (PFF)-Smart U22 Amateur Championship 2015, the Panaad Park and Stadium is reportedly eyed to co-host the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2016.
This was confirmed by Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) President Ricky Yanson Jr., adding they in PFF are talking about it but no definite decision out yet.
“That’s why I’m appealing to the people of Bacolod City and Negros Occidental to help promote football. PFF is also looking at our province and not only Metro Manila. Maybe this PFF-Smart tournament is a test on how capable we are in running such huge event. And I’m confident that we’re more than capable enough to handle the Suzuki Cup,” he added.
Yanson also pointed out that Iloilo will most likely serve as the tournament’s second turf as per requirement of the Suzuki Cup organizers. It was recalled that the historical Paglaum Stadium is no longer playable after business infrastructures were erected around it.
“We are looking at Iloilo to serve as co-host in this tournament. Anyway, it’s just an hour travel from here to the other island,” the NOFA prexy stressed.
When asked on the Philippine Stadium’s status, Yanson said he doesn’t have any idea what happened, though he is aware that the Bulacan-based field was the first to be inspected by the AFF to host the Suzuki Cup.
Regarding security measures, Yanson said they will have close coordination with the provincial government, police authorities, and other agencies involved to ensure the safety of everyone in the stadium during the event.
“This is one of the major concerns the football association should address after the recent Paris incident,” Yanson added.
Teams seeing action in next year’s Suzuki Cup will come from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines./WDJ


24 November 2015

UFL : Manila Jeepney withdrew from league

Beep beep, Announcement! Due to financial constraint of running MJFC, we are unable to continue to play in the United Football League Philippines. We thank our fans, sponsors, and supporters for all your encouragements and dedication you have shown us and the trust given. It was a great pleasure being part of this league. Maraming Salamat po!


Singapore Cup Semifinal : Global Fc 1-2 Albirex Niigata

Singapore Cup Semifinal , second leg at Jurong East Stadium

Global Fc vs Albirex Niigata , 19.30

Official livestream link :


23 November 2015

Scoreless draw against Cebu enough for NOFA to advance

Host Negros Occidental Football Association did not score a single goal against Cebu FA in their final match, but their lopsided victories against Negros Oriental FA (6-1) and Leyte FA (9-0), earlier, allowed them to take the No. 1 ranking in the regional qualifier and advance into the national finals of the PFF-Smart National U22 Amateur Championship next year.
The wins against NORFA and Leyte and the draw against Cebu gave NOFA a total of 7 points to finish the regional qualifier on top against the three other teams from the Visayas area.
Advancing into the national finals, slated January 16-21 next year at the Panaad, NOFA head coach John Carmona said their task is to ensure that the team is ready.
“I am happy with the outcome of the tournament but we need to address certain issues and make the necessary adjustments,” Carmona told reporters after the match against Cebu.
He said the unforced errors against Cebu FA can be attributed to the players' eagerness to score early in the match.
“We were too excited to score early in the game as Cebu played defensively and did some counters. Our players l need to learn to be patient and accurate,” Carmona said.
NOFA ‘s triumph in the regional qualifier was witnessed by the association president Ricky Yanson, who earlier encouraged the Negrenses to continue supporting the host team.
Yanson is the forefront of initiating programs that will develop more football talents in the province.
The members of the winning team are: Nessi Ramos, Joshua Dutosme, Aoki Harunori, Usman Ilimona, Charles Barberan, John Mark Jamelo, Regie Cisneros, Kent Guevarra and Jo Warren Bedia from University of St. La Salle;
Paolo Sanchez, Marivic Gancita and Randey Temana from UNO-Recoletors; and Gerald Paparone, Jasper Layagon, Jordan Junco, Diomar Carusaay, Joevanie Santos, Francis Jada Polvodrido, Angelo Frayle Ledesma, Kyle Bayabos, Von Loyd Baguioro and Ashley Pamiliar from Central Philippine State University-San Carlos.
Assisting Carmona in the coaching department are Dennis Penalosa, Jorwell Gines, Gus Rivas, and Carlo Andrew Demegillo.*NAB


21 November 2015

Ceres FC resumes training for AFC, UFL tourneys

By Jerome Galunan Jr.

The Bacolod-based and reigning United Football League (UFL) Champion Ceres-La Salle FC has resumed their training at the North Football pitch in Talisay City ahead of the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup and UFL’s 2015-2016 Season.
This was disclosed Thursday by club director and head coach Ali Bernard Go, who attended the opening of the PFF-Smart National U22 Amateur Championship at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
Go said the club will undergo rigid preparation for these two major tournaments next year where Ceres FC will play 3 home matches in the AFC Cup elimination.
The multi-titled mentor added that it’s an opportunity for the Bacolod side to bounce back from their heartbreaking loss to Maziya in the AFC Cup playoff match early this year.
Moreover, the Ceres FC management is still in the process of signing up new players to strengthen the club’s competitiveness for the upcoming tournaments. “Right now, we are finalizing the details in taking-in these players. We will reveal it as soon as everything is complete,” he added.
However, Go has not yet disclosed the identities of these players including their nationalities and playing positions on the team. “Right now, we are still negotiating with the concerned parties,” Go said.
Meanwhile, Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) President Ricky Yanson disclosed that they will meet with the concerned agencies as well as the Ceres-La Salle FC to prepare the hosting of next year’s AFC Group Stage.
He added that they have to make sure that the football facility meets the requirement of the AFC. “We all know that AFC has set the requirements for us to meet,” the NOFA prexy stressed.
The Ceres-La Salle FC, for its part, is in full support of the NOFA team in the ongoing PFF-Smart National U22 Amateur Championship./WDJ


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PFF - Smart U22 Championship qualifiers in Bacolod

PFF-Smart U22:Paparon hat-trick for NOFA’s back-to-back win

By Jerome S. Galunan Jr.

Gerald Paparon fired 3 goals yesterday and led Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) to a lopsided 9-nil triumph over Leyte FA in Day 2 of the ongoing Philippine Football Federation (PFF)-Smart U22 Amateur Championship Regional Qualifying 2015 at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
The San Carlos-hailed Paparon opened NOFA’s scoring spree in the 3rd minute as Aoki Harunori nailed the host’s second goal in the 6th minute followed by opening day top scorer Ilimona Usman in the 8th minute.
Having stunned by an early 3-goal advantage from the host-squad, the Leyte side tried to make some adjustments on their defenses to limit the Negrenses’ attacks.
However, NOFA seemed to be too much for the visiting team when Paolo Sanchez found his mark in the 12th minute to extend their lead while Paparon delivered his second in the 14th minute for an early 5-0 blast.
Leyte FA further tightened their defense to keep NOFA scorers from scoring a goal. But Paparon wasn’t done yet as he found the back of the net in the 45th minute to end the first half, 6-0.
In the second half, Usman had his second goal in the game after scoring in the 48th minute followed by Jordan Junco in the 52nd minute.
But before the referee blew his final whistle, Harunori managed to have his second goal and seal the game in the 90+4 minutes.
For NOFA head coach John Carmona, the first half was very convincing, while the second half could have been better. “I have reminded my players not to relax on defense as it may open some chances for the opponent to score,” he said.
Playing against Cebu later today, Carmona stressed that NOFA has the advantage, but advised his players to follow the game plan and minimize errors.


20 November 2015

PFF Smart U22 Qualifiers in Bacolod

PFF Smart U22 Qualifiers in Bacolod

Day 2

NOFA (Bacolod) 9-0 Leyte

NORFA (Dumaguete) 1-0 Cebu

PFF-Smart U22: Usman fires 5 goals to lead NOFA’s first win

By Jerome S. Galunan Jr.

Host-Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) was too much for the visiting Negros Oriental Football Association (NORFA) after it recorded a 6-1 blast in yesterday’s opener of the PFF-Smart National U22 Amateur Championship at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.
Diomar Caruscay opened the host’s scoring spree with an 8th minute goal before former University of St. La Salle standout and NORFA star, Charle Ralph Allan Dabao III, equalized the scoreboard in the 11th minute.
However, NOFA reinforcement Ilemona Usman came red hot with 5 goals – 4 in the first half. The Nigerian national beat his NORFA defenders to give NOFA a goal lead in the 31st minute.
Eight minutes later, Usman got his second goal from out of the box before hitting two more goals in the 42nd and 44th minutes to end the half at 5-1.
In the second half, both sides played slow due to the scorching heat at the Panaad stadium.
But before the referee blew his final whistle, Usman nailed an exclamation goal in the 90+4 to seal NOFA’s first win.
Cebu and Leyte FA were still playing at press time in the other scheduled game.
For NOFA mentor John Carmona, the win was a great start for the team. “We made some major adjustments in the early minutes after we had several misjudgments in our defense.
“Fortunately, the players well responded to the instructions. But the temperature in the second half caused our players to slow down,” he said.
Carmona further said that in their play against Leyte today, they would also make some adjustments to avoid making mistakes.
Meanwhile, NOFA president Ricky Yanson Jr. said that PFF’s decision to award the hosting rights to the provincial association was based on their capability to run the tournament and its strong fan base./WDJ


19 November 2015

Negros teams clash

Host Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) will face Negros Oriental FA at 1:30 p.m. today as the PFF-Smart National U22 Amateur Championship 2015 kicks off at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
The battle between the two Negros teams will follow after the 1 p.m. opening ceremony. The second match at 3:30 p.m. will feature Leyte and Cebu.
After facing NORFA today, the host team will tackle Leyte tomorrow in the first match and against Cebu on Saturday.
Winner in the three-day competition will advance into the national finals of the tournament on January 16-21, 2016 also in Panaad.
Earlier, NOFA president Ricky Yanson Jr. called on the Negrense crowd to show their support to the home team.
“I encourage everyone to come and support our team in this tournament. Let's show everyone how much we love this sport,” he said.
The NOFA U22 squad is composed of La Salle footballers Nessi Ramos, Joshua Dutosme, Aoki Harunori, Usman Ilimona, Charles Barberan, John Mark Jamelo, Regie Cisneros, Kent Guevarra and Jo Warren Bedia;
UNO-Rians Paolo Sanchez, Marivic Gancita and Randey Temana; and Gerald Paparone, Jasper Layagon, Jordan Junco, Diomar Carusaay, Joevanie Santos, Francis Jada Polvodrido, Angelo Frayle Ledesma, Kyle Bayabos, Von Loyd Baguioro and Ashley Pamiliar from Central Philippine State University-San Carlos.
Head coach is John Carmona with Dennis Penalosa, Jorwell Gines, Gus Rivas, and Carlo Andrew Demegillo, as members of the coaching staff.*NAB


16 November 2015

2 matches key to Azkals’ Asian Cup bid

By Cedelf P. Tupas

The Philippine Azkals got a bye in World Cup qualifying action Tuesday, but they’ll be keeping an eye on a couple of games that will impact their own campaign.
Group H leader North Korea hosts Bahrain in Pyongyang, while Uzbekistan clashes with Yemen in Doha, Qatar, with both matches equally crucial in deciding which teams will make the next round of World Cup qualifying.
The Azkals are in third, stuck at seven points from five matches so far, following their shocking 0-1 loss to underdog Yemen last Thursday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.

But while their fate is no longer in their hands as far as qualifying for the third round of WCQ is concerned, the Filipinos can still gain an outright berth in the third round of Asian Cup qualifying if they finish third in the group.
Victories by North Korea and Uzbekistan on Tuesday will shut the door on the Azkals in the next round of World Cup Qualifying.
It will also enhance the Azkals’ chances of keeping third spot with Bahrain breathing down the Azkals’ necks at fourth with six points and Yemen in fifth with just three points.
“We have to go back to our earlier expectation which is to make the Asian Cup in 2019,” said Azkals manager Dan Palami after the loss to Yemen.
The Asian Cup, which will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates, has been expanded from 16 to 24 teams.
The Azkals posted wins against Bahrain (2-1) and Yemen (2-0), held North Korea to a nil-nil standoff and lost to Uzbekistan (4-1) in the first-round matches.


14 November 2015

NOFA ready for PFF-Smart regionals

By Jerome S. Galunan Jr.

It’s all about pride.
This is the Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) squad’s battle cry as they face their Visayan counterparts in next week’s Philippine Football Federation (PFF)-Smart U22 Amateur Championship Regional Qualifying 2015 at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
NOFA will be hosting teams from Negros Oriental FA, Leyte FA, and Cebu FA for the November 19-21 games, with the top team advancing in next year’s national finals – still at Panaad.
The eventual national champion may represent the country in international tournaments such as the Bolkiah Cup.
On Wednesday, NOFA led by association president Ricky Yanson Jr. presented their 22-man roster for the regional qualifying in a simple gathering at the Planta Bacolod Hotel and Residences.
The John Carmona-mentored side is led by skipper Nessi Ramos of University of St. La Salle alongside Joshua Dutosme, Aoki Harunori, Usman Ilimona, Charles Barberan, John Mark Jamelo, Regie Cisneros, Kent Guevarra and Jo Warren Bedia. Joining the team are University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos’ Paolo Sanchez, Marivic Gancita and Randey Temana; and provincial champion Central Philippine State University’s Gerald Paparon, Jasper Layagon, Jordan Junco, Diomar Carusaay, Joevanie Santos, Francis Jada Polvodrido, Angelo Frayle Ledesma, Kyle Bayabos, Von Loyd Baguioro and Ashley Pamiliar.
Helping out in the coaching task are Dennis Penalosa, Jorwell Gines, Gus Rivas, and Carlo Andrew Demegillo.
Yanson shared this tournament is an opportunity for the Bacolodnons and Negrenses to show their support for the home team. “I encourage everyone to come and support our team in this tournament. Let’s show everyone how much we love this sport,” he said.
The NOFA head also stressed that the regional qualifying game’s admission is free.
Meanwhile, Carmona said he’s confident his squad is at par with other teams.
Winner of the Visayas qualifying will join the top 3 teams from Mindanao and 4 others from Luzon to complete the 8 teams for the national finals on January 16-21, 2016 at the Panaad pitch.
Subsidies for food and accommodation of players are provided by PFF, revealed NOFA Gen-Sec Ronald Allan Treyes./


Araneta gets fresh mandate to lead PFF


Former national team captain Mariano “Nonong” Araneta received a fresh mandate to lead Philippine football for the next four years, winning a second term unopposed during the 12th Philippine Football Federation Congress Friday at Century Park Hotel in Manila.
The athlete-turned-businessman, who is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Asian Football Confederation, has been at the helm in the PFF since November 2010 when he was unanimously voted by the PFF Congress to replace the late Jose Mari Martinez.
M’lang North Cotabato mayor Joselito Piñol was elected PFF vice president in the polls that also saw Lalaine Sarmiento of Quezon Province FA becoming the first female member of the PFF Board of Governors as representative of the women’s sector.

Speaking at a press conference after the Congress, Araneta said his priority will be the formation of a community-based national league which is expected to kick off in two years.
“The introduction of the new league in 2017 is a big task for us,” said Araneta. “That is the most important project that we have in mind for this term.”
Piñol who heads the North Cotabato FA said grassroots development remains a priority for the PFF as it tries to discover fresh talent who can be tapped to represent the country in the international level.
Dan Palami, the Leyte FA president who was also elected to the BOG, said the federation is faced with several challenges apart from the improvement of the national men’s team fondly called the Azkals.
“The big challenge is nurturing the interest in football and I think the institution of the national league certainly will spark interest on a regional based perspective,” said Palami, who also heads the national teams’ committee. “On a short term, we have to develop a strong marketing arm to market games to market sport and to attract more sponsors.”
Araneta said the hosting of the AFF Suzuki Cup next year should also spark interest for the sport.
“We should start preparations early and it should be a good occasion to focus showcase not just our football but our country,” said Araneta, referring to the most prestigious tournament in the region.

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13 November 2015

Azkals eye ‘ideal’ WCQ buildup

By Cedelf P. Tupas

With performances dropping in their past few games, the Philippine Azkals are aiming for a better buildup as they brace for a final push for a place in the next round of World Cup and Asian Cup qualifying.
Unable to sustain their strong start, the Azkals fell to third spot with seven points behind North Korea (13) and Uzbekistan (nine) in Group H, their hopes of reaching the next round hanging by a thread.
The top team in the group will move on to the third round while four best second placers from the eight groups will also advance while getting an outright spot in the 2019 Asian Cup. The third-placed team in the group will be assured of a third round spot in Asian Cup qualifying.

Preparations have been far from ideal for the Azkals in the last few matches with players linking up just a few days before matches. Several players travel from Europe where their clubs are based while local based standouts are currently in their off season in the league, hurting their fitness levels.
The Azkals also had to endure long travels to North Korea and Bahrain last month where they picked up only a single point from their two matches. The team was playing Yemen at press time.
“It’s been a learning experience for us, not just for the players but for management and the federation as well,” said team manager Dan Palami before the Azkals played Yemen last night. “We learned that even the smallest of detail like flight schedules could greatly impact our games. We have to handle this home and away format better.”
Palami said he plans to hold a camp overseas before the matches against Uzbekistan in Tashkent on March 24 and North Korea in Manila on March 29.
“We have to put ourselves in a position where there’s less stress for our players,” said Palami.
Azkals coach Thomas Dooley said details like league schedules and just having players together for at least a week should already boost the team’s chances of playing better.
“We still have a chance so it’s important that we prepare well in the last two matches,” said Dooley.
Captain Phil Younghusband, who missed the game against Yemen last night due to suspension, is confident the Azkals can pull off the improbable.
“Nothing’s impossible in football and we’ve shocked a few people before,” said Younghusband. “I wouldn’t put it against us with two games left and we want to do the best that we can, although knowing that it will be difficult with Uzbekistan and North Korea.”