Primarily, the lack of broadcasting exposure in 2017 created an apprehension in the corporate community, cascading into a series of afflictions that has ultimately led to our withdrawal from the competition.
Can we partly blame PTV then for apparently not being faithful (I suppose) to their contract with PFL? I assume that they were supposed to cover games as part of their contract with PFL. Fans were angry during the early part of the season when PTV just decide to either suddenly cut the coverage or not cover the games at all without giving any reason. Very disappointed with PTV really.
Just a question, will AFC recognize our league now that it has only 7 teams?
From what I know, Liechtenstein cannot have it's own league because it only has seven teams. For the Philippines, will AFC recognize PFL?
Now that they're down to 6, will AFC continue recognizing the league? Will the winners be included in AFC club competitions?
The Kyrgyzstan Top Liga currently has 7 teams but last year, Alay Osh beat 5 other teams to pick up their third consecutive championship and of course the automatic qualification to the 2018 AFC Cup group stages. Kyrgyzstan Cup winners Dordoi Bishkek entered in the prelim round. I don't know if AFC has the same rule. Though it's a bit sad knowing that among the national football competitions in Asia, PFL has the lowest number of teams. Leagues in countries/administrative region with the smallest population like Brunei, Guam, Bhutan, Timor Leste, Palestine, and Macau has managed to have at least 10 clubs in every edition.
At the Liga Futbol Inc. (LFI) Board of Directors Meeting held on 27 March 2018, the Board made significant decisions, among which was to approve the naming of the inaugural Cup and broadcast of league and cup matches.
Philippine Football Federation (PFF) President and LFI Chairman Mariano V. Araneta announced that we need to move forward and approve these agendas because they are needed to enhance the league. Rightly so, the Board also adopted “Professionalizing Philippines Football” as its corporate tagline. It captures the essence of the vision and mission of the LFI, which is to introduce and increase the level of professionalism of football in all aspects. The tagline highlights the LFI’s mission to help uplift the quality of football in the country through its two current competitions. This also aims to amplify the familiarity of the stakeholders of the LFI’s mission through its tagline.
We are also proud to announce that the inaugural cup competition will be named Copa Paulino Alcantara to honor the Filipino football legend who is one of the all-time top scorers for European giants FC Barcelona. In conjunction with this inception, the LFI will launch the Copa Paulino Alcantara logo contest this May with prize money for the eventual winner of the contest.
The Board’s approval of the budget for broadcast is also timely and and we are working hard to secure the best broadcast partner that will help the League grow further and reach a wider audience. The entry of a potential host broadcast partner will be a great addition to the broadcast efforts of the League, which currently includes the live-stream via www.pfltv.ph. In addition, we have introduced the in-game highlight videos of each match that are posted through our Social Media pages. We made this as part of our effort to give our social media followers a more holistic viewing experience at the palm of their hands. This is also made to complement the full replays of each match that is posted on our pfltv.ph platform.
To increase the number of participating clubs, the Board had also mandated the management to prepare a blueprint for the expansion of the League with identifiable targets for the Board’s review. The objective is to increase the number of clubs, review current rules and club football structures in the country, align football stakeholders and participation of non-franchised clubs in the Cup competition.
We have also finalized our collaboration with the Japan Professional Football League (J-League) and Spanish Football League (La Liga) who will provide expert assistance and support to the League and the PFL Clubs. To ensure effective collaboration without overlapping support, we have compartmentalized our collaboration with both the Leagues.
Our collaboration with the J- League is primarily on marketing efforts with holistic workshops for the Clubs. This, to align our collaboration with the AFC in adopting a long term strategic marketing plan for the League. Apart from marketing efforts with the J-League, we have in principle agreed to conduct exchange programmes for the PFL Clubs (management) to visit J-League to gain knowledge and first hand experience. Finally, in view of promoting club football, a pre-season friendly match between champions of PFL against champions of J-League Division 1 is in discussion.
Our collaboration with the La Liga is on exchanging information for development of competition, share know-hows and seminars concerning professional league and club management; and conduct exchange, observation and training programmes for coaches. We have agreed to adopt a long term strategic plan with La Liga and focus on immediate topics which are essential to our League. With the League at its infant stage, our immediate objective is to promote professionalism to our stakeholders on key footballing aspect through a series of workshop with KPIs set within the next 3 years.
Also, in line with the objective to increase the pool of Match Commissioners, the LFI had introduced the Match Commissioner (MC) Development Programme to develop Trainee Match Commissioners using extensive training and assessment based on a set of criteria in relation to topics assessed during the LFI Match Commissioner Seminar 2018. Only Trainees who have undergone and passed the LFI MC Seminar for the preceding League Season and Cup Competition are drafted as Trainee under this Programme. We currently have 6 Trainees and the objective is to increase this number gradually.
Lastly, we will be welcoming a new league partner next week that will help us widen our audience reach through their non-traditional media platforms. The signing ceremony will be held on Monday, 16 April, at the Manila House in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Information on our partnership will be posted on our website and social media platforms. Interesting development for PH Football League and the whole PH Football.
PFL Champs vs J-League 1 Champs in a friendly? It could happen soon!
A welcome development in Philippine club football is in the discussion phase at the moment as the Philippines Football League’s Liga Futbol Inc., in collaboration with Japan’s top-flight, the J-League 1, are looking into the possibility of having a pre-season friendly match between the champions of both leagues in the future.
The information came in a statement released from the Philippine Football League’s official website stating the details of such cooperation with the Japanese top flight as part of the local league’s overall improvement efforts and plans.
The discussion is part of a much bigger agreement with the J-League for a collaborative effort in alignment with the AFC to adopt a long term strategic marketing plan for the PFL.
Part of the agreement, in principle, is to have an exchange program for PFL clubs’ management to visit the J-League with the aim of transferring knowledge in managing a club from an established top-flight perspective.
Aside from ties with J-League, PFL’s LFI is also establishing a collaborative effort with Spain’s La Liga in terms of league and club management, and coaching aspects of the game.
Opportunities like these in Philippine club football don’t come often, so these are very welcome signs and hopefully could come into fruition.
With regards to that friendly (if ever it pans out), if the J-league 1’s current leaders would eventually come out as 2018 season’s champions, Sanfrecce Hiroshima will be the club to play against the PFL champions.
We’ll keep our fingers crossed, PFL and LFI. Make it happen!
It sounds like the PFL is taking the right steps to help professionalize Philippine football. We still have a lot to learn and tapping the accumulated administrative, marketing, and coaching experience of established leagues like the JFL and La Liga is a good way of gaining the requisite knowledge to help the league succeed.
that j-league friendly is a welcome development if it pushes through. even casual fans will benefit from this once they see the level of fanaticism and organization of followers of the teams in this football association
How a king’s love of football propelled Thailand to draw the biggest crowds in Southeast Asia How did Thailand’s premier league become Southeast Asia’s biggest and best footballling spectacle?
Such developments might be at odds with the bucolic nature of Buriram province as a whole, but it is this kind of geographic spread that is at the heart of the TPL’s success. When the league was founded in 1996, and as is the case in many Southeast Asian nations, all of the league’s 18 clubs were based in the capital, with every match also taking place there. Most clubs were run by government agencies, resulting in names such as Thailand Tobacco Monopoly FC.
It was a decade before TPL teams finally took to the provinces, expanding the league’s fan base with the pivotal 2006 ‘roadshow’ initiative, in which the capital’s clubs played a handful of league matches at provincial stadiums throughout the country. A year later, the TPL merged with the provincial leagues, bringing into the fold clubs from across the Kingdom with their own grounds and burgeoning fanbases. When the league went private in 2009, becoming TPL Ltd, massive Asian companies such as Chang and Toyota came on board as sponsorship partners, opening up new financial opportunities for clubs, owners and players.
“For me as an individual, my team is certainly my hometown team. It’s the team that I was brought up with and my father and grandfather took me to as a youngster. I think there is something to building a culture like that,” said Simon Chadwick, professor of sports enterprise at Salford University in the UK. “There has to be a point of engagement, and for most people and teams the point of engagement is what the team says about their origins and their locality… Not everyone in Thailand, obviously, is from Bangkok, so if you’re moving teams into the provinces they then become emblematic of who [the fans] are and where they’re from. They develop an affinity… This can create a powerful culture.”
Today, Thai football is split into four tiers, with teams promoted and relegated each season. “We took the example from Europe, Korea and Japan… I think this was just the first important step to make sure that… fans are always at the centre,” said Benjamin Tan, deputy CEO of the TPL. “We are convincing stakeholders that [we] can bring Thai football forward.”
Current backers of the TPL include the government, banks and media companies, though the majority of the money flowing into Thai football comes from True TV, which has purchased exclusive broadcasting rights for the league since 2011, with the price rising exponentially. The most recent TV deal runs from this year to 2020 and is worth $126m, more than double the previous contract.
“The Thai league actually broadcasts all of the matches in the top divisions, so you are looking at about 18 matches in one weekend. We stagger the timings to make sure the matches are broadcast, which is very important,” said Tan, adding that such an arrangement is actually reversed in most of Southeast Asia, where less popular leagues have to pay broadcasters to show matches in an attempt to drum up enthusiasm.
The most important thing, though, is not just bringing in big TV revenue, but how it’s controlled, according to Tan. In Thailand, the TPL distributes the funds equally among its 18 clubs. “The competition structure actually benefits all of the league, not just the big clubs,” Tan said.
When it comes to capitalising on this lucrative airtime, another success for the TPL has been establishing ways to keep fans talking about the league well after the matches end. While other regional leagues struggle just to get their games aired, TV screens in Thailand are constantly abuzz with chatter about the latest goings-on in the TPL.
“We have football channels and talk shows about the drama [of the league]; that’s content to actually get the fans excited, to create the talking points for the league,” said Tan, adding that such products help create a “football culture” and that the TPL is tapping into the fact that being a football fan means more than just watching a match – it’s about the pride, excitement and fanaticism of immersing oneself into following a club.
Such fan engagement remains a cornerstone of the TPL, where every club has its own strategy to shape their fan culture, according to Surachai Jaturapattarapong, a former Thai footballing superstar who played briefly in Singapore and is now head coach of the TPL team Bangkok Glass.
Liga 1 (Indonesia), Philippines Football League (Philippines), Singapore Premier League (Singapore) and V.League 1 (Vietnam) make the four out of 10 entries which made the shortlist for the best developing league in the continent ahead of the 2018 Asia’s Sports Industry Awards & Conference (SPIA Asia Awards).
The shortlist has been confirmed in a separate press release by SPIA Asia and the Asian Football Confederation AFC.
Nominees in this category have been initially screened and assessed through 11 categories such as (to name some) management & administration, financial performance, competition, marketing & promotion and media & communications. Determining who made the the shortlist lies more on the administrative and management side of running the league rather than the technical performance.
7. Philippines Football League
Number of seasons: 2 Defending/Current Champions: Ceres-Negros FC Most titles: Ceres-Negros FC, 2 titles Interesting Facts: The Philippines Football League came to the fore in Philippine football in 2016 as the first fully professional league setup in the country.
As for domination, Ceres-Negros FC may have shown their mastery of the league by completing a back-to-back, being the tournament’s sole champion for the duration of its young existence. However, a new league cup champion awaits as Ceres were not able to maintain their contention in this inaugural cup, relinquishing their chance to win the first “double”.
31 October 2018 Philippine FF receives League Development Award The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has been awarded the League Development Award for the creation of its new league - the Philippines Football League (PFL) - and its extensive work on league governance. Successor to the former top-tier football league in the Philippines, the PFL celebrated its inaugural season in 2017, with Ceres Negros clinching the title.
PFF President Mariano V. Araneta Jr. was presented with the award by AFC Development Committee Chairman Zhang Jian after the 28th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“This is an award that will inspire us to improve our league, and our clubs to do better. We hope that the PFL continues for many years to come,” said the PFF President.
He added: “During the last two years, the attendances have improved, and in the next season, two more clubs will be joining the PFL, which means we are back to maximum strength.
“We also have a new marketing group that will be assisting us, and they will also take care of the commercial aspects of the league, so we are expecting a better performance next season.
“With the support from AFC, we are delighted that the league has improved the quality of our players. As the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 draws closer, our players will play better because of the league.’
PFF is the second Member Association to be presented with the League Development Award, with the United Arab Emirates Football Association receiving the award in February for its unique project on media training designed for professional players.
The Philippines Football League is officially dead. It will be replaced by the Philippine Premier League which will probably be based mostly in Manila to lower expenses just like the UFL.
" As to what happened to the PFL in just two years of running, Mr. Araneta said it was a combination of things, including expenses becoming a tough issue to overcome. “Expenses for the clubs became an issue because we wanted to make it nationwide. But this time I think most of the games will be held here in Metro Manila unless we get sponsorship to help the clubs stage matches outside of it. The clubs already know that,” the PFF president said."
Hopefully they will continue playing games in cities with bigger fanbases like in Bacolod despite the downsizing.
I always thought the PFF was too premature in setting up a nationwide league as I stated when the PFL was first being announced. The UFL was doing a good job of promoting and developing the sport back then with 2 divisions that had promotion and relegation giving playing time for development to a lot more players.
I, too, thought that it was rather ambitious for the PFF to form a nationwide league, but I figured that the owners were in it for the long haul -- years of losing money just like early owners of MLS (US Major League Soccer) teams. Two years in, and looks like owners reaching into their deep pockets felt too large a hole. The owners probably didn't realize how much of a commitment something like this would take. I could easily imagine more than eight years (or more) of losing money before a fiscally sustainable league would take place. Maybe the owners couldn't take it any more, or maybe PFF oversold financial projections. Not being an insider, would like to know what really happened (... calling Cedelf, calling Cedelf, there must be a good investigative story here).
A Premier League based in Manila would be a good place to retreat. Five teams -- great. The Metro Manila region is the right place to restart. Just beyond the Metro Manila area, and within reasonable travel distance, there's the Bulacan/Pampanga or Subic/Olongapo/Clark with large populations. If football interest is developed there, that would be a much less expensive alternative (to Visayas and Mindanao) for early expansion.
To keep strong interest in the league at football regions in Cebu and Davao, the new Premier League should play one or two league games there. That would send the message that the fans there aren't being ignored. It would be a great goodwill gesture. The US NFL (American football, National Football League) play a few games in England each year, and they've also played in Mexico in the past. They do this to promote the sport worldwide. That could be a model worth investigating.
BoyBacolod: NCR had for so long relied on Palaro players from provinces to boost their lineups. It is high time that VISAYAS should own football. In Negros I think it will a step closer since the vice-governor running for the top post is a football supporter.
Feb 22, 2019 12:58:13 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: what lol 😋
Feb 23, 2019 12:57:25 GMT 8
truman: keep ting on basketball, mate. accept it, we can't cope up with its popularity. Dont hate on the sport. Blame PFF for not marketing the sport well enough.Now that the Philippines is in the FIBA World Cup, it would be a loooot harder for ustogainsupport
Feb 25, 2019 0:44:10 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: If some UAAP or NCAA schools will join the new league in one form or another, it may remove the gap between U22s and seniors. The schools can devise a system akin to sports academies, education is important after all.
Feb 28, 2019 18:16:35 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Will the PFL be like the San Marino league system, where there are no so-called "home" stadiums.
Mar 2, 2019 12:39:19 GMT 8
leoisiah: Gibraltar also has a single stadium for their league.
Mar 12, 2019 8:27:57 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Rules are rules are rules. The two clubs should have known better. They are given loads of time to act on it. And to those who say PFF sucks, sometimes they do but one thing they are consistent is sticking to the rules.
Mar 25, 2019 10:42:16 GMT 8
truman: Agree @boybacolod
Mar 25, 2019 14:49:21 GMT 8
truman: lowkey cringe sa conyoness ng PPL FB page.
Apr 8, 2019 10:11:23 GMT 8
truman: sad day for philippine football
Apr 27, 2019 13:22:38 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Why I like UAAP football, no more extra games for seeding.Makes me think about European efficiency. Wish gayahin din sa basketball (very sketchy tiebreakers), like Euroleague.
May 8, 2019 14:02:35 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Negros Occidental footy fans, expect more football this 2019, now that a San Carlos native is governor.
May 14, 2019 2:05:22 GMT 8
Jun 9, 2019 18:39:47 GMT 8
@BoyBacolod: Hamak na mungkahi lang. Mabuti siguro kung maipromote ulit ang larong sipa. Daming maling sa sipa na mga bata, mabuting transistion for futsal, kung hindi regular football. Parang sa Thailand, sepak takraw, o chinlone sa Myanmar.
Jul 24, 2019 19:12:53 GMT 8
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Sept 16, 2019 19:18:16 GMT 8
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Sept 16, 2019 23:48:32 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: As long as Ricky Yanson is professional to Ceres FC and extends support to the Azkals in general (Ceres Azkals in particular) during home games, he can be PFF president in my book. Much better will be reconciling with Leo, though that idea is Farfetch'd.
Sept 21, 2019 23:07:36 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Kaya fans wishing that Ricky Yanson wins the PFF presidency is akin to GMA fans wishing that Congress and President Duterte will not renew ABS-CBN's franchise.
Oct 24, 2019 21:10:39 GMT 8
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