One more year to wait and we will finally see the likes of Loyola, Kaya and Global compete in a international super league, how exciting is that? I know its still premature to talk about the upcoming asean super league but the anticipation of seeing our own local club battle tough opponents in international level is quite something to talk about.
Ive read this proposal way back 2012 and frankly I was a bit pessimistic about it. But with the growth off football here in the Philippines I think its safe to say that we have what it takes to conquer asean football crown. Can our own football club stand stood with mighty Buriram, Muangthong, Adelaide or Brisbane what do you think?
Im also excited of the exposure and opportunities it will give to our domestic league. Star sports and Fox sports will surely be part of the TV rights and thats a tremendous boost.
After delays and despite lingering doubts about the participating teams, the Asean Super League (ASL) has been given a start date for its much-awaited kick-off.
In a phone interview with The Sunday Times, Azzuddin Ahmad, general secretary of the Asean Football Federation (AFF), said it is aiming to get the regional league off the ground next August.
He added that football's world governing body Fifa had given the go-ahead for the ASL.
Said Azzuddin: "Yes, the ASL is on track and will take place next year. We got the green light from Fifa. At the moment, we are scheduling it for August 2016.
"It will run for around eight months and we are now planning for the next five to six years."
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We got the green light from Fifa... It will run for around eight months and we are now planning for the next five to six years.
AZZUDDIN AHMAD, AFF general secretary, on the tournament going ahead
Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Zainudin Nordin is heading the AFF committee working on the mechanics of the ASL.
Azzuddin added that the AFF is now working out the details such as the composition of the league, fixtures and a possible promotion and relegation system.
Malcolm Thorpe, vice-president of sports development and events at World Sports Group, which is working with the AFF on the ASL, said: "We are working hard and closely with (all the member associations). Things are moving forward fairly positively."
"Fifa is in the process of creating a regulatory framework for the league," he added.
Thorpe said the league will begin at the earliest possible time that makes sense for all stakeholders.
However, he noted that the start date set for August next year represented a "tight timeline".
The ASL is expected to feature at least one team from each of the AFF's 12 member nations.
However, it is unclear if they will be existing clubs, a national age-group side or franchise teams like Singapore's LionsXII.
There is also uncertainty over Indonesia's participation.
Its football association (PSSI) is currently suspended from international football competition by Fifa.
The country's sports and youth ministry had cancelled the domestic football season because of a row over which teams were eligible to compete in the Indonesian Super League.
PSSI secretary-general Joko Driyono reiterated Indonesia's support for the ASL but said: "We are expecting further discussions with the ASL committee.
"There are still many things to discuss, such as the competition regulation and technical and commercial aspects."
"Indonesia is also in a very difficult situation," he added.
"If the Fifa suspension is not lifted by the end of the year, it is almost impossible for Indonesia to play a part in the ASL in 2016."
Joko added that the PSSI had earlier been given two spots in the ASL.
However, it is unsure which club it should send, or if it should create a new team.
Meanwhile, the new competition has been well received by other regional football associations.
Football Federation of Cambodia vice-president, Major-General Khiev Sameth, said: "On our part, we want to participate.
"We are now looking for resources to put the team together."
The Philippines men's national football team manager Dan Palami said he had not heard about the ASL's start date.
However, he is supportive, saying: "It's an interesting tournament, a lot of our clubs are looking at it, and the Philippine Football Federation are keen.
"The more competitions there are, the better it is for our development. A lot of clubs are looking at it, we are sure they will be interested, and we are exploring if we should send a club or maybe the Under-23s."
It is believed that Singapore's representatives could be the LionsXII who now play in the Malaysian Super League.
S-League powerhouses Tampines Rovers are also keen to play in the ASL.
Phillippines reiterates opposition to ASL after launch of new pro league
South-east Asia will welcome a new professional league later this month, with the Philippines Football League (PFL) poised for its official launch on April 21.
With the eight-team PFL, which kicks off eight days later, taking the sport to football-mad regions in the Central Visayas and Southern Philippines, there is understandable excitement in the Philippines Football Federation (PFF).
And their stance on the proposed Asean Super League (ASL) is clear: No, thank you.
PFF general secretary Edwin Gastanes told The New Paper yesterday: "We have been forthright in our stand, and we must be honest - we must focus, prioritise and give emphasis to our pro league.
"We lack sufficient numbers of local players - clubs are fighting it out for them, and there have even been shouting matches (between the clubs) already.
LIMITED RESOURCES "I believe people will understand. Our investors are limited, we have limited resources, but have high hopes for the league," added the lawyer, who asserts that the federation will not stand in the way of any organisation that wants to join the ASL.
Apr 13, 2017 First conceived over a decade ago, the ASL project has gone through several setbacks, and it remains to be seen if it will get off the ground.
Long periods of silence from its organisers have not helped to clear up the situation, although a 10-team league has been tentatively pencilled in for kick-off next year.
In a nation crazy about basketball and boxing, support for football has been growing.
The men's national team are now the top South-east Asian team in the Fifa rankings - they are in 127th place, two spots ahead of Thailand.
Their clubs have also been turning in decent performances in second-tier regional tournament, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.
The Philippines' women's team recently qualified for the AFC Women's Asian Cup next year.
Red Card Global, a sports marketing agency led by former Singapore international R Sasikumar, holds the exclusive commercial rights to the PFL.
Said Sasi: "There is a 100 million population in a country that is showing growth in football, and this on a platform of 300,000 children playing at the grassroots level.
"With the national teams doing well, it is really about creating a product that fans can enjoy. We don't have massive money like Major League Soccer did when it first started, but it is about putting money in the right places and growing the sport."
BROADCAST DEAL A deal signed yesterday between the Philippine national broadcaster PTV and the PFL will see two "live" matches screened over the weekend, with delayed telecasts and a highlights show also thrown in.
Said Gastanes, who hopes to attract more sponsors: "There is tremendous regionalistic rivalry in the Philippines, and this league will take football into the communities of those regions that are hotbeds of Philippine football.
"We have plans to implement promotion and relegation after three years, and there has already been some interest from people who want to own franchises, but my only wish is that we get the full complement of sponsors by April 29."
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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
bluedevil2k8: guys please support the across the line podcast
Sept 16, 2019 19:18:16 GMT 8
papajamba: listening now to simone rota - across the line podcast
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
BoyBacolod: We will wait for the basketball and volleyball ASEAN teams and then we compare their reception to that given to the football delegations, where ALL ASEAN nations participate. Now there will be foreign scrutiny in every move of PHISGOC.
Nov 24, 2019 23:20:26 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: DDS trolls underestimated the SEA football community. Having no prior exposure to football culture, they dismiss any and all so-called sabotages as destabilization plots, to the point that they do not support the teams, especially the women.
Nov 27, 2019 15:25:36 GMT 8