What is going on with pro football in the Philippines.
The PFF issues a statement denying the eligibility of Mendiola Football Club and PAF FC to participate in club competitions and then the following day those 2 same clubs play against each other in the opening of the Philippine Premier League.
Both Stallions FC, and Global Makati FC have withdrawn from the competition putting the entire league in jeopardy of not reaching the minimum number of participants for recognition by the AFC as the first tier club competition which will allow the Philippines to participate in their competitions at the club level.
Why is the PFF not issuing any statements on whether they sanction this league since apparently the league has started its first series of games with teams that were not given the go ahead by the PFF?
Not only is the professional league scene in dire straits but the PFF look rudderless and ineffective at the moment.
The professional football scene was run a lot better a few years ago by non PFF affiliated leagues like the UFL with 20 teams broken down in 2 divisions, than either the PFF owned PFL or the current iteration the PPL, giving many of our players a chance to garner a salary and to improve their game.
I don't think they realize this, but without a legitimate top tier competition with a minimum number of teams participating in a league run acc. to AFC rules, Philippine professional clubs can lose their slots in AFC club competitions.
27 April 2019 Sumayao clarifies PPL's stance with PFF By Xy-Zha Cabanlong
MANILA—Speaking in front of the media ahead of the match between Kaya-Iloilo FC and Green Archers United FC, Philippine Premier League Commissioner Bernie Sumayao clarified the issues that went abuzz social media last night.
Sumayao made it clear that the PPL is owned by the PFF and his role in the league is just to manage and operate.
However, he also stated that there is an agreement between the league and the PFF that PPL has the autonomy to make decisions with regards to how the league will be operated.
"From day one, we have been in the spirit of Philippine football. Always have been and always will be. I never deviated from that. Yun ang main goal - para sa development ng football," said Sumayao. "I want to make this very, very clear; we want to work with the PFF, we have nothing against the PFF. We want to collaborate, we want to work with them."
Sumayao stressed out that they did not claim to take the helm in club licensing and the PPL will never do that, contrary to the accusations that came up on social media prior to the opening of the league.
Club licensing will always be at the call of the PFF and the AFC.
The commissioner also clarified that Stallion Laguna and Global Makati never signed any participation agreement and did not pay any participation fee, which, the five teams; Philippine Air Force FC, Mendiola FC, Kaya-Iloilo FC, Green Archers United FC and Ceres-Negros FC have signed and complied prior to joining the league.
"In theory, they never really joined the league. How can you withdraw on something that you never even joined?" Sumayao further said.
In spite of the atrocity, Sumayao remains reconcillatory and is willing to compromise.
"Tama na yung pag-aaway, tama na yung politics kasi hindi naman tayo pumasok dito para dyan, so tapusin na yan. I want to sit down, I want to be able to sit down with all the stakeholders involved and thresh it out, work together for the success of the league." Sumayao said.,
He also mentioned that PFF president Nonong Araneta has never waived his commitment to help as the governing body of football in the country and also wants the league to happen.
Sumayao belied the rumour that the league did not reach out to Stallion and Global as he mentioned that league director Ritchie Gannaban tried to reach out and asked both teams of what they need in order for them to formally hop in the roster of the teams that would beef up the PPL.
As it stands, the PPL will only have 5 teams playing for the season but the possibility of adding a 6th team is looming around especially if it will put the country's standing at the AFC Cup.
"We are studying the situation very carefully. If it is necessary for us to get a 6th club, we are already making plans to see how we can make that happen." Sumayao said.
To prove that there was indeed support and blessing coming from the PFF, an AFC elite referee was tapped to man the match between Kaya and Green Archers.
"He is the country's first Filipino AFC elite referee, he would not gamble on that. PFF will also not gamble on sending an elite referee to us for the match tonight if they do not support PPL. It says a lot about the PFF supporting the league with having the AFC elite referee calling the game," Gannaban said.
PFF cuts ties with PPL, announces national league reboot
After all the drama and controversy, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), the governing body of the sport in the country, terminated its agreement with national league operator Philippine Premier League (PPL) with immediate effect on Friday.
According to the PFF statement, PPL management and licensed clubs have been informed of the federation's decision.
The PPF also announced the return of the Philippines Football League (PFL), the previous iteration of the national league, to ensure that the 2019 domestic season is played. The season is set to kick off this month.
The national federation added that further information, such as tournament regulations, will be released at a later date.
"PFF is taking steps to ensure the continuation of the 2019 national league season," the statement read. "A meeting with the clubs, including those which have earlier withdrawn their participation from Philippine Premier League (Stallion Laguna FC, Global Cebu FC, and Ceres Negros FC) has already been scheduled."
The PPL was a reboot of the PFL, after its two-year run ended when numerous clubs folded midway through the season. The controversial league was unveiled last January with the backing of the PFF.
The national federation awarded the right to operate the national league to PPL management headed by its commissioner Bernie Sumayao. The PPL hit a snag after it was revealed that several participating teams were denied their club licenses by the national federation, forcing it to move its opening day from March 30 to April 27.
Licensed clubs Global Makati and Stallion Laguna compounded the PPL's woes with a public withdrawal of participation and a scathing critique of the league management.
The PPL played one matchday on April 27 before the PFF decided to pull the plug on their partnership.
04 May 2019 PFF Terminates Agreement With League Operator
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has terminated on 03 May 2019 its agreement with league operator, Triple CH Holdings Co. Ltd. with immediate effect. The decision carries full approval from the PFF Board of Governors led by its president Mariano Araneta, Jr. PFF has notified Triple CH Holdings Co. Ltd., its chairman Bernard Sumayao, and the current five (5) licensed clubs, namely Ceres Negros FC, Kaya FC-Iloilo, Stallion Laguna FC, Global Cebu FC, and Green Archers United FC, about the PFF decision. PFF is taking steps to ensure the continuation of the 2019 national league season. A meeting with the clubs, including those which have earlier withdrawn their participation from Philippine Premier League (Stallion Laguna FC, Global Cebu FC, and Ceres Negros FC) had already been scheduled. The league reverts to its official name, Philippines Football League. Kick-off will be scheduled middle of May 2019.
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.
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@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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