The Azkals Development Team Football Club or simply known as ADT F.C. is a Philippine professional football club which will make its debut at the Philippines Football League in the 2020 season.
Following the participation of the Philippine U22 team in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games which was hosted in the Philippines, it was reported that there were plans to had the national youth team participate in the 2020 season of the Philippines Football League as a guest team. However such plans were dropped and a full-pledged club under the name ADT F.C. will enter the league instead. The formation of the club is an initiative of the National Teams Committee of the Philippine Football Federation. By January 2020, the club has began signing in players.
Philippines GK Quincy Kammeraad Philippines GK Anthony Pinthus Philippines DF Dean Ebarle Philippines DF Kristófer Reyes Philippines DF Simen Lyngbö Philippines DF Fritz Brigoli Philippines DF Elias Mordal Philippines DF Carlo Dorin Philippines MF Christian Rontini Philippines MF Curt Dizon
No. Position Player Philippines MF Kainoa Bailey Philippines MF Lance Ocampo Philippines MF Jerome Marzan Philippines MF Marvin Angeles Philippines MF Troy Limbo Philippines FW Oliver Corbitt Philippines FW Jarvey Gayoso Philippines FW Chima Uzoka Philippines FW Kennedy Uzoka
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.
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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.
With the rumours of a new club coming in for the 2020 season of the Philippines Football League, we’ve received reports that a prominent name in the Philippine football scene is building up a club named ADT FC that will focus on building their roster using the top young players of the country.
The Philippine Football Federation is launching an initiative, bannered by the National Teams Committee, to build an Azkals Development Team or ADT FC.
Here are some of the reports that we have gathered.
16 February 2020 Gayoso, SEA Games standouts join Azkals cadet squad By: Cedelf P. Tupas
The Azkals Development Team (ADT) that will see action in the 2020 Philippines Football League season as a guest team is slowly taking shape following the commitment of several standouts from the Southeast Asian Games. Among the notable recruits of the squad to be handled by Serbian coach Goran Milojevic is former UAAP MVP Jarvey Gayoso, who skipped his final year of eligibility at Ateneo.
Azkals team manager Dan Palami said majority of the players from the SEA Games squad have also started training with the ADT. Palami has also opened the door for former national team players, including Curt Dizon and Marvin Angeles, who are trying to get back into top form as they wait for offers from other clubs. In recent weeks, Palami said several promising young players have joined training, including Lance Ocampo from the GOM Academy of former national player Darren Hartmann, and Sandro Reyes, who was once part of the FC Barcelona Escola, the flagship school of one of world’s biggest clubs. “This is one of the answers to the clamor to improve our players before they get into the senior team,” Palami said. Also committing to the ADT are SEA Games standouts like goalkeeper Anthony Pinthus, Edison Suerti and Mar Diano.
I think Griffin McDaniel signed with Stallion Laguna FC. I wonder why he didn't play for the ADT FC team.
"Unlike most professional club setups, the ADT program encourages their players to move on to bigger teams. Ideally, Cooper wants to groom the players for a career playing for professional clubs not just in the Philippines, but around the continent."
07 March 2020 Future of Philippine football is bright with Azkals Development Team by Paolo Del Rosario
TAGUIG -- The final whistle blew on a friendly between the Philippine Army FC and a group of teenagers and early twenty-something-year-olds. The grizzled men of the Philippine Army were glad to know the game was over after being comprehensively beaten down by a bunch of kids, 6-0, in an event that was in celebration of their own founding anniversary. The victorious upstarts are the youth that Philippine Azkals team management are betting could be stars of the future. The Azkals Development Team (ADT), as national team manager Dan Palami calls them, is a collection of prospects in the footballing scene they hope could usher in a brighter future for the sport in the country. Despite the heavy-handed victory, the members of the ADT aren't stars yet. Simply put, it was a game the team should have won, but they still have a long way to go. The idea of the ADT came about during the 2019 SEA Games, where the men's football tournament is an under-23 competition. National team management saw the need to develop young players after they failed to progress past the Group Stage, despite senior team captain Stephan Schrock and senior team veteran Amani Aguinaldo supplementing the lineup as the designated overaged players. The Philippines' locally based footballers were mostly involved in the country's collegiate leagues, whereas their opponents boasted of players who had ample experience playing in their own domestic professional league. The gulf in development between the young locally-based Filipinos and their SEA Games rivals was evident, and there was a need to bridge that gap. "We were looking at the other teams and we can see that most of their players are actually involved in the professional leagues, but at that age most of our players are still in college," Palami said. "That's why we wanted to explore the possibility of having a younger group of players, already being exposed to the professional club environment." The coaching staff working with the ADT is the same group that handles the men's senior national team. Coach Scott Cooper, who has been part of the national team setup since 2018, heads the program and is happy with the program's concept. Cooper added that while there are some good youth academies in the Philippines, there aren't enough of them. "I think this is the best idea we've had since I've been here, because there aren't any really professional club academies here," Cooper said. "There are not that many academies and so we needed to find a way that we could identify players and try to develop them." Growth over trophies The ADT is set to compete in the upcoming season of the PFL, but management admitted they aren't out to hoist the trophy. Instead they are happy to develop and showcase the talent they collected regardless of the result. That doesn't mean the ADT will be okay with any losses they will have, but they know the real victory comes with the success of every individual on their team. "We're joining the PFL, but we are not there to really win trophies," Palami said. "We want to develop the players. Hopefully when they're exposed to a more professional environment other than their schools they can move on to professional clubs." Unlike most professional club setups, the ADT program encourages their players to move on to bigger teams. Ideally, Cooper wants to groom the players for a career playing for professional clubs not just in the Philippines, but around the continent. "(These are) players we feel that have got great potential, that can develop themselves, maybe push on to other teams here, like a Ceres or Kaya, or into the Thai League or J. (Japan) League, and develop themselves in terms of a career," Cooper said. According to Palami the average age of the ADT players will be around 19 to 20 years old, with the youngest prospect having just turned 17 and the oldest being 25. There will be a few overaged players in the group, former Azkals who are recovering from injury, or who management feels "could still be there but would need better training" at this point of their respective careers. The ADT's PFL roster will be formed from the core of the 2019 SEA Games squad and other additions after tryouts. Notable local-based names from the initial squad list include former college standouts Ateneo striker Jarvey Gayoso, UE midfielder Mar Diano, and La Salle's Matt Custodio. Here is the initial ADT squad list provided to ESPN5. Anthony Pinthus Quincy Kammeraad Jose Yared Mari Angeles Kainoa Bailey Fritz Brigoli Matt Custodio Mar Diano Dean Ebarle Jarvey Gayoso Troy Limbo Simen Lyngbo Jerome Marzan Marcel Ouano Christian Rontini Edison Suerti Chima Uzoka Kennedy Uzoka Lance Ocampo The endgame for the program is not to have players jump directly from their own program straight to the national team, but to have more Filipinos playing in competitive professional leagues around the region. While there is a possibility that some players will figure in the senior national team setup in the near future, management wants to see them flourish in domestic leagues as well. "Once we feel that they're developed, that they're ready to take the next step, that's it," Cooper said. "That's the difference between us and a league team, a league team is going to try to keep their best players, we're going to encourage them to move on to something bigger and better." tv5.espn.com/story/_/id/28855632/future-philippine-football-bright-azkals-development-team
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