The Philippines Football League (PFL) will finally kick off on May 25 with seven clubs in the fold, following the Philippine Football Federation’s (PFF) decision to grant Mendiola FC and Philippine Air Force club licenses that will allow both squads to vie in the competition. PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes said Mendiola and Air Force were granted provisional licenses by the federation just like Green Archers United, which joins pioneer clubs Ceres Negros, Kaya-Iloilo, Global and Stallion Laguna this season.
The PFF had to salvage the competition after the PPL defied the federation’s directive by allowing Mendiola and Air Force to play despite the absence of a club license. The PPL only had five clubs, which was later reduced to four when Ceres decided to also withdraw from the competition. Gastanes said the PFF will use the PFL to determine which clubs to nominate for AFC competitions next year.
PFF Club Licensing Issues Decisions on Mendiola FC and Philippine Air Force FC Applications
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Club Licensing First Instance Body (FIB) has passed upon the club license application of Mendiola Football Club and the new application of Philippine Air Force FC to participate in PFF club competitions for Season 2019.
Mendiola FC’s application was initially denied by the FIB but, on appeal, was remanded by the Appeals Body to the FIB for further evaluation.
After a review of documents earlier submitted and those additionally given by the club, the First Instance Body granted a PFF License (provisional) to Mendiola FC for the 2019 season.
Philippine Air Force FC’s application was initially denied both by the FIB and the Appeals Body due to, among others, it being an unincorporated legal entity. The club submitted a new application after securing incorporation certificate from the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). Upon evaluation of the club’s application and the additional documents submitted, including proof of it being a legal entity, the FIB granted the club a PFF License (provisional) for PFF club competitions in 2019.
The two applicants have been notified of the decision.
The PFF licensed clubs that may now join the Philippines Football League are: Ceres Negros FC, Kaya FC Iloilo, Stallion Laguna FC, Global Cebu FC, Green Archers United FC, Mendiola FC, and Philippine Air Force FC.
The PFL has set a meeting with the clubs this Friday, 17 May 2019, preparatory for the kick off of the league on 25 May 2019.
Jan 30 Fil-Norwegians Elias Edison Mordal and Simon Santos Lyngby signing for ADT FC Manila !
Norwegian Elias and Simen become football pros - in the Philippines!
Norwegian football has received two new foreign pros.
22-year-olds Elias Edison Mordal and Simen Santos Lyngbø become full-time professionals in the Philippines.
The Norwegian duo is in the process of signing two-year contracts with the Philippine club ADT FC Manila. It is a newly formed club that will play at the country's top level.
- This is a great chance to show up on the big Asian football map. This is an exciting and unique project, says football agent Sverre Mauseth.
According to him, the duo become full-time professionals - where wages, housing and food belong - so that the conditions for further development are absolutely present. Was taken out to national football
It is not entirely coincidental that these are just going to try out in the Philippines. Both have parents of Filipino origin.
Last year, Elias Mordal, who then played for the South Butterfly club Brattvåg in the Norwegian Division 2, was selected to play the South Asian U23 championship. He was also in the squad playing the World Cup qualifier for the A team.
- This will be a new and exciting step for me. I was down there for two months last year and it gave me a taste. It's a different culture and it's a different career path, but I'm hungry for more, says Mordal, who has long been a part of the Molde system.
Simen Santos Lyngbø also played in the 2nd division last year. In total there were 12 games for Bærum 2nd Division.
- I have been presented with an exciting project with a good plan for my development. It seems like a helpless arrangement with good follow-up from the national team management. I felt this was something I wanted to be part of and be a part of, ”says Simen Santos Lyngbø.
The national team commemorates the election
Philippines national team manager Scott Cooper is very pleased that the country's top division receives two grants from Norwegian football.
- First and foremost are the chances of Elias and Simen at our U23 national team. But the fact that they come here, and will play in our top division, makes us see if they have what it takes to play a step up. This will give them a good opportunity to show that they are good enough for A-team football, Cooper tells TV 2.
He has no doubt that the potential is there.
- Both are players with great potential. Then time will show how far it goes, he says.
PFF and PFL Statement – Postponement of Philippines Football League Season 2020
In view of the continuing spread of COVID-19, which prompted the Government’s Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to issue Resolution No. 11 yesterday, 12 March 2020, which raised the Alert Level to Code Red Sub-Level 2 and, among others, placed the entire National Capital Region under community quarantine for 30 days and prohibited mass gatherings, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) and Philippines Football League (PFL) have decided to postpone the Philippines Football League kick-off originally scheduled on 21 March 2020 to 18 April 2020 tentatively.
Utmost priority must be accorded to the safety, health, and welfare of the players, coaching staff, match officials, sponsors, and others who are involved in the organization of the matches.
PFF and PFL encourage all football stakeholders and the general public to be mindful always of the risks posed by COVID-19, observe the recommendations on how to avoid the virus, be safe and healthy during these times, and to help the nation combat the spread of COVID-19.
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
Passerby: That's awkwardly worded.
Mar 6, 2020 21:09:41 GMT 8