Baguio has had a pretty good grassroots development program in place now for some time and similar to Cebu have longstanding school based football powerhouses. In fact, some of their sponsors wanted to join the UFL 2nd division this year and were denied because the UFL didn't think they were ready or had the fanbase to be an attraction to the UFL. Hope the Manila based decision makers in the UFL, rethink this decision next year. Their teams have been competitive in Luzon at all levels.
The Baguio Cinderella football team who made waves in the early-mid 90's was the first footie team I rooted for, exposing me to the beautiful game. The el habbib's were also originally playing for Baguio (SLU). So yes, Baguio can produce good players which makes me not surprised with the result.
San Carlos Ready to Host PFF-Suzuki U23 on April 15-19
San Carlos City is ready to host the 2013 PFF-Suzuki U23 National Cup Regional Visayas Qualifying Rounds at San Julio Realty football field in San Carlos, Negros Occidental on April 15 to 19, 2013.
Three (3) football associations in the Visayas; Iloilo Football Association, Negros Occidental Football Association and Cebu Football Association will send their respective teams for the said tournament. They will play a double round robin with the top two teams to advance to the final qualifying rounds on May 20 to 25 with the top two teams from Luzon ad Mindanao with the winners to advance to the semifinals on May 27 to 28 and the finals on May 30 to 31, 2013 all in Cebu City.
Cyril Dofitas, Philippine Football Federation Competition Department head said that other teams in the Luzon and Mindanao are having their own regional qualifying.
Luzon will hold their regional qualifying on April 8 to 13, 2013 at UP, Los Baños, Laguna, with tree teams and Mindanao on April 15 to 20, 2013 at Davao City.
Competing for Luzon are Masbate Football Association, Laguna Football Association and Baguio-Benguet Football Association.
For Mindanao are North Cotabato Football Association, Iligan-Lanao Del Norte Football Association, Davao Football Association and Zamboanga Dipolog Football Association.
Dofitas added that in the finals, the teams will be bracketed into two groups but no team from the same region will be in the same group. They will play in a double round robin with home-and-away format in the semifinals and finals.
This tournament will serves as selection for the national team in the U23 to represent the country in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games.
San Carlos City through Mayor Hon. Gerardo P. Valmayor Jr., is supporting the hosting of this qualifiers and assured the Philippine Football Federation that the City will assist this tournament.* (CMGarde)
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