21 February 2018

Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley to fans: ‘No Stephan Schrock call-up’

Philippine Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley was quick to refute any chance for Stephan Schrock to return to the national team ahead of the final Asian Cup qualifier game against Tajikistan on March 27, 2018 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Giving his statements through Facebook comments on John Duerden’s opinion article posted this noon suggesting on Schrock and Dooley ironing out their differences and reuniting in the squad to boost the team’s qualification campaign, the coach finally puts the matter to rest.


International Friendly Match Between The Philippines And Fiji Set On 22 March

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) will host an International Friendly “A” Match between the Philippine Men’s National Team and Fiji Men’s National Team on 22 March 2018 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. Authorizations from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and FIFA are currently being secured.
This will be the second time the Philippines football squad play against a team from the Oceania Football Confederation. In October 2014, the Philippines hosted the Papua New Guinea men’s team.
The friendly will serve as the final tune-up game of the Philippines men’s team before its AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers match against Tajikistan on 27 March 2018.
Kick-off time for the friendly match is at 7:30 PM. Ticket details will be announced later this week.


20 February 2018

Fiji football confirms first friendly with the Philippines

Update: 6:24PM MEMBERS of the Fiji football team will play their first international friendly match of the year next month against the Philippines.
This was confirmed by the Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel.
"We are planning more international matches for 2018 and the first one for the year would be against Philippine in the Philippines," Patel said today. 
"Philippine is a very good team in Asia and we look forward to the match."
The match will be played on March 22.


19 February 2018

Fiji football to play Philippines

The Vodafone Fiji Football team will play 123rd ranked Philippines in a friendly match on the 21st of next month.
Fiji FA Rajesh Patel says the national team will tour Philippines to play a match as some other friendly game are being lined up for the same month.
“We will be travelling to Philippines to play Philippines national team and that is what we have confirmed. We are just working on few other things before the game".
The Fiji football team comes into camp early next month and will leave for Philippines on the 13th of March.


Indonesian national soccer team to meet Singapore, Philippines in tryout-matches

JAKARTA, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- National football team of Indonesia will play with opponents from Singapore and the Philippines in preparation for the Asian Games.
The Indonesian team is scheduled to meet Singapore on March 21 and March 25 for the Philippines, according to acting chairman of the country's football association Joko Daryono.
"The main purpose of this matches is to boost preparation for the Asian Games," he said.
Besides, the two matches could also be used to improve Indonesia's position in FIFA rankings, said Daryono.
Indonesia is ranked 160th in the FIFA list, the Philippines at 123rd, and Singapore at 173rd.


Friendly March 25 Philippines vs Indonesia

PSSI (Indonesia FA) reporting that they will play a  friendly away against Philippines on March 25.

13 February 2018

Matchday One - Group F: Ceres Negros 9-0 Boeung Ket

Bacolod City: Ceres Negros of the Philippines got their 2018 AFC Cup campaign off to a stunning start by posting a comprehensive 9-0 victory over Cambodia’s Boeung Ket in Group F at a saturated Pana’ad Park and Stadium on Tuesday

The margin of victory equalled the AFC Cup record, first registered by Uzbekistan's Nasaf Qarshi who beat India's Dempo in a group stage tie in 2011.

Ceres made their early dominance count by taking the lead on the quarter-hour mark when Mike Ott’s cut-back eventually found its way to Takumi Uesato to finish from close range, before Spaniard Bienvenido Maranon made it two soon after with a header from just a yard out.

With the rain coming down heavily, the floodgates had now well and truly opened as Uesato added his second by tapping in Jeffrey Christiaens’ cross and Maranon then dinked home a penalty after the lively Mike Ott was brought down by Touch Pancharong.

OJ Porteria bent in a fifth with the outside of his right foot just after the half hour and, after a period of relative calm, Sub Sovanrithy headed Patrick Reichelt’s cross from the right into his own net as the hour approached.

Captain Carli de Murga headed in a seventh from Manuel Ott’s cross, before the provider turned scorer when his shot from distance found the bottom corner. Porteria then rounded off the scoring with his second to bring a miserable evening for Boeungket to an end.


AFC Cup : Ceres-Negros fc vs Boeung Ket (Cambodia)

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Live on Fox Sport 2 in Philippines.


11 February 2018


Ceres-Negros FC opens their AFC Cup campaign when they host Boeug Ket Angkor on Feburary 13 at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
The Busmen will be out to defend the ASEAN Zone title which they earned after defeating Singapore’s Home United in the two-legged final last year.
The core of the squad has returned which includes the likes of Stephan Schrock, Manny Ott, and Super Herrera whose aim is to surpass the quarterfinal finish of last year.
Matchday one will also see the possible tournament debut of new signings in Tony Doblas, Mike Ott, Sean Kane, and Takumi Uesato.
Ceres-Negros was drawn in Group F which features the C-League champions in Boeung Ket, ASEAN Zone finalists Home United, and Myanmar champions Shan United.
It will be the first time for both clubs to meet in the continental competition with the Cambodian squad being the less familiar opponents for the hosts.
Boeung Ket FC qualified to the AFC Cup Play-offs after winning their domestic league and by beating Lao Toyota over two legs in the play-off.
The Laotian squad had the advantage going in to the second leg after securing a 3-3 draw away in Phnom Penh. Angkor overcame the away goal deficit with a winning goal from striker Khuon Laboravy to finish 4-3 in aggregate.
The Cambodian squad boasts of a young core of locals which are supported by tough imports in Nigerian’s Julius Oiboh and Gbenga Ajayi, Japanese Hikaru Mizuno, and Brazilian Maycon Silva Calijuri.
It will be the fourth time for the Bacolod-based club to join the competition. After a stinging play-off defeat in 2014, the Busmen reached the quarterfinals last year where they fell to eventual finalists FC Istiklol.
The road to AFC Cup glory starts on Tuesday with the kickoff set at 730pm at the epicenter of Philippine club football. The match will be shown live over cable channel Fox Sports 2.

Indonesia to play Azkals in March friendly ?

Indonesia FA is planning to play Philippines or Singapore away on FIFA match days in March.

The decision who they will play will be taken within few days.

09 February 2018

Global Cebu FC Begin AFC Cup Run Vs FLC Thanh Hoa

Philippines Football League side Global Cebu FC begin their AFC Cup 2018 campaign with a match against Vietnamese side FLC Thanh Hoa on Saturday 10 February 2018 at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Global Cebu look forward to their third appearance in the continental front having participated in 2015 and 2017. Last year, Global qualified to the ASEAN Zone semifinals where they lost to Home United, 5-4 on aggregate.
Last year’s PFL runners-up are in Group G and will be up against FLC Thanh Hoa, Indonesian side Bali United, and Myanmar side Yangon United.
Newly appointed Global head coach Marjo Allado is wary of FLC Than Hoa’s experience despite only making their maiden appearance in the AFC Cup this year.
“An away game is always tough to start a tournament but we will give our best to have a good result tomorrow,” said Allado.
Team captain Patrick Deyto shared his coach thoughts on playing away in their first AFC Cup group match.
“Playing away from home is always hard but we will do everything to get the full three points,” said Deyto.
Global Cebu are one of two PFL clubs participating in the AFC Cup. 2017 PFL champions Ceres Negros FC will begin their AFC Cup campaign at home to Cambodian side Boeung Ket Angkor on Tuesday 13 February 2018 at the Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium in Bacolod, Negros Occidental.
Photo from Global Cebu FC Media Bureau

Friendly Game Result: Davao Aguilas FC vs JPV Marikina FC

JP Voltes Marikina FC duked it out against Davao Aguilas FC resulting at a 3-3 stalemate at Rizal Memorial Stadium on the 7th of February, 2018.
Despite an uneventful first half, JPV surged all out on the second half as Jim Ashley Flores drew first blood on 46’ but was set back by an own goal shortly afterwards. Patrik Franksson picked up the slack by netting a goal on the 73’ mark.
Davao Aguilas responded promptly on the 75’ and 77’ as Harrison Sawyer brought their team on the lead, only to be equalized by Voltes’ Aaron Altiche a couple of minutes after, resulting to a 3-3 standstill.
Next stop will be on February 14, 9:00 AM, against Stallions Laguna FC at their home turf in Biñan Stadium.

Japanese coach newly appointed in Philippines

For the development of football in Asia, the Japan Football Association has been dispatching technical experts to many countries in Asia. Today we introduce Mr. MIZUSHIMA Musashi and Mr. HIRATA Reiji, who has just started their new assignment in Cambodia and Philippines respectively.

HIRATA Reiji, Head of Youth Development in Philippines
I have landed this beautiful country to work as the Head of Youth Development of the Philippines Football Federation (PFF). This country has a population of 100 million with an average age of 23. People here takes great care of their family, loves festivals, and football has been very popular recently. The national team consists with not only domestic players, but players with different roots, including players with German, English and Japanese backgrounds. The team is called “Azkals” meaning mixed-bred wild dog in the native Tagalog language and the team is gaining more and more recognition in Asia. This diversity is a strength that we can expand on. Working together with the PFF President Mr. Araneta and everyone involved, I will do my best to develop the youth and help football in the Philippines move forward.


02 February 2018


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Ceres-Negros FC will face Boeung Ket FC on February 13 in their opening match of the 2018 AFC Cup at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.
The Cambodia representatives qualified to the tournament after winning by 4-3 in aggregate over Lao Toyota in a two-legged playoff.
They will be joined by familiar foes in Myanmar’s Shan United and ASEAN Zone finalist Home United in Group F of the continental tournament.
Teams will play six home and away games each with the top team earning qualification to the Zonal Semifinals. The best second place record from the three ASEAN groups will also qualify for the knockout stage.
Ceres will also host Shan United on March 6 and Home United on April 25 for their final group match.
Photo from Myanmar National League

Kaya FC makes Iloilo home field

February 2, 2018
KAYA Futbol Club is officially partnering with Iloilo province for the 2018 Philippines Football League as it makes the Iloilo Sports Complex in La Paz, Iloilo City as its home field.
Capitol football director Edwin Caro Laru-an told Panay News the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) has approved the partnership. A memorandum of agreement (MOA) will be signed on Tuesday.
Na-approve na ng SP ang authority na mag-enter si Gov. (Arthur Defensor Sr.) into a MOA with Kaya FC,” Laru-an said. “The MOA signing will be on Tuesday.”
“The partnership is a welcome development for Iloilo, especially sa grassroots at sa mga football fans,” he added. “As we all know, Iloilo is considered one of the country’s football hotbeds.”
The partnership is seen to revive the football rivalry between Iloilo and Negros Occidental, now represented by defending PFL champion Ceres Negros FC.
Kaya is one of the oldest active football clubs in the Philippines. Established in 1996, it became one of the founding members of the United Football League in 2010.
The Santi Araneta-supported squad has one UFL championship under its belt and one international tournament appearance, during the 2016 AFC Cup.
Last year Kaya made University of Makati as its home court in the PFL. The club finished on third place in the elimination round but was booted out by Ceres Negros in the semifinals./PN


Friendly Game Results - JPV Marikina

JPV gets the ball rolling with two back-to-back friendlies with fellow PFL clubs, Global Cebu FC and Stallion Laguna FC, on the first and second of the month in Mckinley Stadium and Gatorade-Chelsea Bluepitch respectively.
Voltes vaults in the first of the month with a 1-0 win against Global Cebu FC thanks to Jaime Poderoso Jr.
Following up with a 3-2 win against Stallion Laguna FC with two goals by Ryuki Kozawa and one goal by Tsubasa Suzuki.
JPV will be having its next friendly game against Davao Aguilas FC on February 7, 3pm at Rizal Memorial Stadium.

JPV Marikina FC - 2018 Player Roster

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01 February 2018



The kick off for the Philippines Football League Season 2018 was finalized following the conclusion of the PFL Board Meeting held last Tuesday 30 January 2018 at the PFF House of Football in Pasig City.

The LFI Board of Directors, chaired by Philippine Football Federation president Mariano Araneta, approved the league calendar, competition format, and fixtures for the 2018 season.

The League will kick start on 3rd March. The format of the League will be two rounds of home and away matches with a final round hosting via drawing of lots. There will be a total of 75 league matches to be played this season.

The six PFL teams have confirmed their participation for the 2018 season. The fixtures will be formally announced by the end of the week pending the official communication to the six clubs.

The champions of the League will be eligible to compete in the AFC Champions League next year subject to fulfillment of criteria set by the AFC and the PFF.

Also to be introduced this season is the PFL Cup. The PFL Cup will be held from September until October 2018 with the winner earning a berth to the AFC Cup subject to fulfillment of criteria set by the AFC and the PFF.