In the same press conference as the Dooley announcement, the PFF announced that they also hired Jim Fraser for the U21 team with the aim to compete in the 2017 SEA games. I think he is Australian since Leigh Gunn is an Aussie. Anybody knows anything about him?
RT @soccercentralph: U-21 head coach is Jim Fraser. With him is @azkalroos' @gunn80.
I wonder if this is the same Jim Fraser who was a goalie for the Australian national team. He seems to have trained Enzo Cheng who is a member of the U-19 Philippine national team. Enzo's father is a Filipino Chinese businessman who is now part owner of the A league Western Sydney Wanderers team that will be competing in the Asian Champions league.
My guess is this came about because Jefferson Cheng is managing the U-19 team and Jim Fraser along with Jefferson Cheng is part of the management board of the International Goalkeepers Academy in Australia.
"The other coach.
There was another new coach for the Philippines in the PFF office that day. Australian Jim Fraser is the new U20/U21 national team coach who will lead the side in the Bolkiah Trophy in August, which will be held in Brunei."
PFF appoints another World Cupper as U20/U21 Head Coach
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has recently appointed former Australian World Cup player and Hall of Famer James “Jim” Fraser as the head coach of the U20/U21 Men’s National Team, which is set to compete in the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy that may be held in Brunei Darussalam in August 2014.
Also appointed were Coach Marlon Maro as Technical Adviser, former Azkals player Leigh Gunn as Assistant Coach, Marlon Pinero as Assistant Coach and Noel Marcaida as Goalkeeper Coach.
“We welcome Coach Jim Fraser in the Philippines and we look forward to his contributions to our junior national team. Given the need for our younger teams to be more competitive, we tap the services of experts from developed footballing countries to help us inspect and scout players properly,” said PFF President Mariano Araneta.
The new coaching staff has been conducting inspection and tryouts of players for the national pool. Thus far, sessions for players from Luzon are being held at the University of Makati football field, Emperodor Stadium and Turf BGC for the Month of February. Inspection and tryouts for Visayas and Mindanao players have yet to be scheduled.
The PFF has also instructed all AFC Financial Aid Program (AFAP) Coaches nationwide to make recommendations for promising players that can be inspected.
“We need to find the best players from all over the country and we call on our AFAP coaches to help scout for talents. With Coach Jim’s expertise, we are optimistic that we will be able to field a competitive line-up,” said PFF General Secretary Edwin Gastanes.
Coach Jim Fraser has a UEFA A License in Coaching and is the Director of Coaching at the Sabre United Sports Group and International Goalkeepers of Sydney, Australia. He played for the Australian National Men’s Team in the 1970 and 1974 World Cup. He was recently inducted into Football Australia Sporting Hall of Fame in December 2013.
former national team player Leigh Gunn was also appointed assistant coach. the pff website has some nice pics of the new coach training the team.
If I remember right, the U-19 team they fielded in Australia last year under the same management of Jeffrey Cheng and coach(now assistant coach) Marlon Maro, did well in a tournament over there, winning the Kanga Cup competing as the Carranz football club. They did it with a team predominantly made up of homegrown players(14) and 4 overseas players, which I agree should be prioritized at the younger age groups.
There seems to be a trend for the PFF to appoint national team coaches with excellent teaching credentials as both Dooley and Fraser have their own academies in their respective countries(US and Australia) and have outstanding reputations as teacher of the sport and I think this will benefit the local and younger players.
At the same time, the PFF has announced that this team will skip the '15 Singapore SEA games but will instead prepare for the '17 edition bec. of difficulties with the current officials of the POC and the PSC.
A Chinese Filipino businessman who is reportedly part of a group taking over a professional club in Australia has been appointed manager of the Philippine national Under-21 men’s football team.
Jefferson Cheng, who has also supported the Under-16 and Under-19 national teams in the past, will back the Under-21 Azkals targeting to compete in the Southeast Asian Games in 2017.
In one of his first moves, Cheng brought in Jim Fraser, a former Australian goalkeeper who helped the Socceroos to their first FIFA World Cup appearance in 1974, as the coach of the U-21 Azkals.
“I was asked to come over and (contribute my coaching to the football) development here,” Fraser told InterAksyon.com.
Cheng is part of the management board of the International Goalkeepers Academy, a school for young keepers in Australia run by Fraser.
Fraser, a member of the football Hall of Fame in Australia, said that he will stay in the Philippines this month to identify possible players for the Under-21 Azkals. Eligible members are likely to come from different universities and colleges in the country.
“We need a trial. I’m not sure yet how competitive that would be. I haven’t seen the players but we’ll take a good look at them for the next three weeks, let’s see,” he said.
Fraser believes the news of the possible sale of the Western Sydney Wanderers FC to a group of businessmen that includes Cheng will be a big boost to the development of Philippine football.
“If Jeff is to buy into the club, it is a good path for Filipinos and it’s also a good situation where I’m sure the coaches like myself would be coming to the Philippines from the clubs,” Fraser said. “It is a good thing for Philippine football if that happens.”
The U-21 Azkals will compete in an invitational tournament among Southeast Asian nations called the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy in September.
The side is aiming to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 first via the AFC U-22 Championship qualification rounds in March.
The team is currently training in Osaka, Japan for an intense 15 day training camp at Osaka’s J-Green Sakai training facility. They are scheduled to play Hannan Uni, face Cerezo Osaka’s under 21s and Biwako Seikei Uni before the international squad watches the Socceroos face Japan at Yanmar Stadium, Osaka on November 18.
Enrique is the youngest member of the team at 16 y/o but is apparently already fielding offers from UFL clubs, including Loyola.
“This is like a dream,’’ Monserrat said.
“I want to play club football in Asia, the Philippines, Japan, South Korea.
“I want to keep on working with this team and I want to keep on working as hard as I can because my goal is to play for the Philippines national first team.
“I’m 16 and I’m playing with the under 22s and that’s really special.”
AFC U23 Championship 2016 Qualifiers Draw Philippines in Grp G with DPR Korea, Thailand and Cambodia
Qatar, the hosts of the AFC U-23 Championship 2016 Finals, will not participate in the qualifying competition which is divided into two zones – The West Zone for participating nations from the West and South Central regions, and the East Zone for East Asian and ASEAN nations. There will be three groups of five teams and two groups of four teams in the West Zone (total five groups, 23 teams) while the East Zone will have five groups of four teams (total five groups, 20 teams). Ten group winners and five best-second placed teams from all groups will qualify for the final competition (total 15 qualifying teams). Iran, Bangladesh and Pakistan will be the hosts for the West Zone while the East Zone qualifying competition will take place in China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Chinese Taipei. These hosting nations will be drawn into separate groups.
The top three teams from the 2016 edition will represent Asia at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Pissed: Kahit gustuhin natin makabuo ng team, hindi pa pwede for now dahil sa UAAP season. Surely Gayoso will join the selection, pero ang ibang UAAP players need to be cleared. Hopefully the NCAA based players are ready. Passports is another issue.
Jan 28, 2019 21:27:16 GMT 8
truman: Unpopular opinion: Global FC should just stick with youth football. Build up your club again (and also reputation) dont force yourselves to join the league.
Feb 5, 2019 12:07:17 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: I am amused at the current spat of Ceres and Kaya fans, though I say Kaya fans had it coming. It also an example of a trait lacking in government, that thing called "foresight".
Feb 8, 2019 18:00:51 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: The Iloilo Provincial government need to get their act together. Now the Neg. Occ. government is at full support of football, especially the vice-governor, who was mayor of San Carlos, another football hotbed, who might be governor in July.
Feb 8, 2019 21:45:08 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Sa mga Kaya fans na nagsasabing baka one game lang sa Panaad, basa sa AFC Cup 2019 Regulations, section 16.2.
Feb 9, 2019 12:18:26 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: With the Visayas making a name for itself in football,it really puts a dent on 'Imperial Manila' basketball mentality. Better football facilities, and the Visayan cities can make a name for themselves internationally.
Feb 22, 2019 12:47:40 GMT 8
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