The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) and the entire football family in the country mourn the passing away of former PFF President Rene Z. Adad today, 24 April 2015. The 86-year old lawyer and passionate football leader died of lingering sickness at a hospital in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
Incumbent PFF President Mariano V. Araneta, Jr. expressed sorrow on the demise of Mr. Adad, who Araneta said “contributed a lot in the promotion of football in the Philippines”. PFF expresses its condolences to the bereaved family and requests the football community to pray for the repose of his soul.
Philippine Football Federation (PFF) President Mariano “Nonong” Araneta was elected to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee during the 26th AFC Congress held on April 30, 2015 in Manama, Bahrain.
Araneta is the 2nd PFF President elected in AFC’s Executive Committee, after former PFF President Rene Z. Adad who passed away last April 24, 2015.
“I am deeply honoured to have been elected to serve in the AFC Executive Committee . I am humbled by the vote of confidence from the other Member Associations in Asia. I look forward to a fruitful involvement in the AFC for the next 4 years, and will aspire that the viewpoint from the Philippines, an emerging football nation, is heard as the AFC works to further improve and develop football in Asia,” said Araneta.
THE Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has set the end of this year as the deadline for all the provincial football associations to adopt and ratify their new by-laws in accordance with the format of the new PFF statutes.
“The current 33 regular member associations have until the 31st of December this year to provide the PFF with the mandatory requirements of membership including having the valid statutes, that follows the format of the PFF,’’ PFF secretary general Ed Gastanes announced after he conducted the workshop here at Cagayan de Oro city for some Mindanao football association officials
Gastanes and PFF president Mariano ‘Nonong’ Araneta Jr., have been conducting workshops to help and hasten the implementation of the revised statutes of the provincial football associations.
Gastanes conducted the workshop in Cagayan de Oro city for invited PFF members from Bukidnon FA, Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental FA, Iligan-Lanao del Norte FA, Misamis-Ozamis FA, Zamboanga FA, Zamboanga del Norte-Dipolog FA, and Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian FA.
Officials who showed up were Ramon Manlunas and Marie Joy Gamboa, president and
general secretary of Bukidnon FA, Roel Ursabia also of Bukidnon FA, Percy Guarin and
Jeralp Ronquillo, president and general secretary of Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental FA,
Lemuel Mapula, president Iligan-Lanao del Norte FA, Bayani Jose Abad and Diole
Dinglasa, president and general secretary of Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian FA. Also in
attendance was Renato Cosmod, president of Davao del Norte FA and current vice
president of the PFF.
The next workshop for Mindanao-based member associations will be on 15th August 2015.
Invited are the presidents and general secretaries of Agusan del Sur FA, Butuan-Agusan
del Norte FA, Compostela Valley FA, Davao FA, Davao del Norte FA, Maguindanao
Cotabato FA, North Cotabato FA, Sultan Kudarat FA, and Surigao del Norte FA.
A workshop for 11 member associations in Luzon will be scheduled later.
Initially, Bacolod city hosted the first workshop in the 27th of June for the five PFF member
associations in the Visayas. It was attended by the general secretaries/representatives of the
“Aside from emphasizing that member associations need to revise their statutes/by-laws to
conform to the format
of the current PFF Statutes, focus is also directed towards realization of FIFA directive to
involve all football stakeholders in the structure of the member association,’’ Gastanes also
He also added that the existing 33 PFF member associations have until the end of this year
to regroup themselves into Regional Football Associations following the guidelines to be
adopted by the Board of Governors such that no more than 33 regional football associations
exist after reorganization.
The resulting RFAs are expected to include the 33 existing regular member associations,
seven probationary member associations,
several applicant territorial associations and territorial associations that may apply in the
future. “The objective is for the entire country to be covered by 33 Regional Football
Associations representing amateur football,’’ he said.
The PFF board of governors and the PFF Congress approved the new PFF statutes in
November of 2013. The new statutes according to Gastanes were prepared under the
direction and guidance of Fifa. The world governing body of the beautiful game has
required all its members to adopt and ratify the changes in accordance with the
requirements of its’ standard statutes for Fifa member associations.
Officials from Fifa’s legal and membership departments under its performance management
program of the PFF conducted the workshop here in Manila prior to the approval of the
new statutes by the PFF Congress in the November of 2013. All PFF member FA’s were
then given copies of the revised statutes.
PFF VP and Davao del Norte FA president Rene Cosmod said that the workshop was a good exercise ably handed by Gastanes. “The exhausive work however will be undertaken by the provincial FA’s to ensure that all stakeholders will be represented in the new Regional FAs. As PFF VP and Vice chair for the membership committee, I will see to it that all FAs will be assisted and guided in the revision of their statutes in compliance with the Fifa directive,’’ he said.
Davao del Norte FA consists of Tagum city, Panabo city, Garden city of Samal Island plus eight other municipalities of Davao del Norte.
The changes to the statutes according to Gastanes is very important as Fifa support will be dependent on the PFF implementation of the recommendations.
The PFF membership committee will hold another meeting on Sept. 7, 2 p.m. at the PFF House of Football in Makati, and then the board of governors on Sept. 8 at 10 a.m.
Nice to see that the PFF is applying some of the recommendations of the FIFA advisory committee that visited the Philippines way back in 2012. They still haven't implemented other recommendations though including allowing official representation for professional leagues like the UFL within the PFF as well, a formal club regulation system and a national registration of players. The German technical consultant sent by FIFA by the way was Thomas Roy, who ended up spending 2 years there as grassroots technical expert.
A review of the 2012 FIFA visit:
Recognizing the need to build institutional capacity to handle the growing needs of the Philippine football community, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) wrote FIFA last year and requested an organizational review to assist PFF in identifying its weaknesses and areas for improvement. FIFA responded by sending a 4-man organizational review team under the auspices of PERFORMANCE, the Football Management Programme of FIFA. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) also sent an observer.
The team included 2 members of the FIFA Development Office Kuala Lumpur and 2 FIFA Consultants including a former General Secretary of the Football Association of Ireland and a technical consultant from DFB – the German football association. The head of the AFC’s Vision Asia Project also came as an observer.
The week-long review was comprehensive in both the depth and breadth of the areas covered. Various stakeholders of Philippine football were invited to share their thoughts and suggestions. This list included representatives of the POC, PSC, media practitioners, Provincial Football Association (PFA) officials, major corporate supporters of PFF, UAAP, NCAA, UFL and officials of the PFF itself.
Early on, the FIFA Review Team made it clear that they wanted a no-holds barred and candid exchange with the invited participants. To facilitate such, separate meetings were held with the various stakeholders to identify their specific concerns and issues. The preliminary results of the organizational review reflected the environment that the FIFA team encouraged. The initial recommendations are far-reaching – calling for no less than a fundamental and drastic overhaul of existing PFF statutes. These recommendations reflect FIFA’s principle of Football being for ALL.
Some of the key FIFA recommendations include the following:
Membership. One of the more contentious and possibly controversial recommendations is to open up the PFF membership roster. Currently, only Provincial Football Associations are eligible for regular membership to the PFF. FIFA recommended that membership should be based on the wider football needs of the Philippines. Some of those organizations identified for regular membership included the NCAA & UAAP, the UFL, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, RIFA and a coaches association. Organizational structure. FIFA pointed out the potential for confusion with the lack of clarity as to the roles of the internal bodies of the PFF. It was recommended that there be a clear line separating the members of the PFF Board of Governors and their strategic purpose with the heads of the line departments of the PFF who carry out the day to day operational activities of the organization. Reduce Board-Level Committees. Given the logistical challenges of the archipelagic nature of the Philippines, FIFA recommended that the number of Board-Level Committees be reduced to five. This will eliminate non-functioning committees and allow board members to focus on key areas. It also recommended that membership to these committees should be expanded to include external experts such as finance and banking professionals for the Finance Committee, FIFA Referees for the Referees Committee and so on. Strengthening of PFF Secretariat. To build additional capacity for he organization in view of the rapid growth of football in the Philippines, FIFA recommended additional full-time and senior-level staff for Finance, Marketing and Communications. Corollary to this, FIFA will soon equip the PFF with the FIFA Football Management System (FMS), an end to end IT enterprise system specifically for football which will be customized for the needs of PFF. It will have the ability to house the PFF database of players, coaches, referees and others. FMS will also have an accounting and finance module for use by PFF Finance. Other functionalities including competition scheduling and referee assignment are being eyed for inclusion in the system. Limited capacity of PFAs. The limited capacity of some PFAs to fulfill their responsibilities of organizing competitions and implementing development programmes was cited by FIFA as a negative. To address this, the PFF will be requesting that FIFA conduct its FIFA Administration Course in the Philippines. Having said this, it was also stressed that PFAs should take it upon themselves to build up their capacities. It was noted that in certain cases, FIFA cited instances where the withdrawal of support for member associations was warranted given the lack of progress in their areas. Cooperation with the UFL. FIFA sees the development of an elite league and clubs as a major development focus. In line with this, it cited the need for closer cooperation between the PFF and the UFL pointing out that there are many areas of overlap and mutual interest. A formal club regulation system is also a requirement that needs to be put in place. Others. Other areas identified as needing improvement and where solutions are being identified include refereeing, beach football and futsal, women’s football and government relationships.
Former national team captain Mariano “Nonong” Araneta received a fresh mandate to lead Philippine football for the next four years, winning a second term unopposed during the 12th Philippine Football Federation Congress Friday at Century Park Hotel in Manila.
The athlete-turned-businessman, who is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Asian Football Confederation, has been at the helm in the PFF since November 2010 when he was unanimously voted by the PFF Congress to replace the late Jose Mari Martinez.
M’lang North Cotabato mayor Joselito Piñol was elected PFF vice president in the polls that also saw Lalaine Sarmiento of Quezon Province FA becoming the first female member of the PFF Board of Governors as representative of the women’s sector.
Speaking at a press conference after the Congress, Araneta said his priority will be the formation of a community-based national league which is expected to kick off in two years.
“The introduction of the new league in 2017 is a big task for us,” said Araneta. “That is the most important project that we have in mind for this term.”
Piñol who heads the North Cotabato FA said grassroots development remains a priority for the PFF as it tries to discover fresh talent who can be tapped to represent the country in the international level.
Dan Palami, the Leyte FA president who was also elected to the BOG, said the federation is faced with several challenges apart from the improvement of the national men’s team fondly called the Azkals.
“The big challenge is nurturing the interest in football and I think the institution of the national league certainly will spark interest on a regional based perspective,” said Palami, who also heads the national teams’ committee. “On a short term, we have to develop a strong marketing arm to market games to market sport and to attract more sponsors.”
Araneta said the hosting of the AFF Suzuki Cup next year should also spark interest for the sport.
“We should start preparations early and it should be a good occasion to focus showcase not just our football but our country,” said Araneta, referring to the most prestigious tournament in the region.
The Philippine Football Federation today held its 12th Ordinary Congress at the Century Park Hotel in Manila. The gathering was attended by representatives from 32 member associations nationwide.
PFF President Mariano “Nonong” Araneta reported PFF’s achievements since 2011, highlighting governance reforms that helped regain the trust of local and international football stakeholders. Included in his report are the following inroads that PFF was able to attain in the past 4 years:
Increased participation in international competitions from the senior to youth teams: 93 matches for the National Men’s Team 18 matches for the National Women’s Team 114 matches for the Boy’s U14 to U23 Teams 30 matches for the Girls U14 to U19 Teams Increased international visibility by hosting matches and competitions: 40 home matches held for the National Men’s Team Hosted 9 international tournaments including the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, 2012 AFC U19 & U16 Women’s Championships, 2014 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers – Group E, 2013 AFC President’s Cup – Group B, 2015 AFC Cup – Group G and the 2012, 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup Semi-Finals Mounted own international competition such as the Philippine Peace Cups held in 2012, 2013 and 2014 Conducted national competitions such as the PFF Smart U-22 Championship 2015, PFF Smart Club Championships in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 the PFF U23 Suzuki National Cup and the PFF Women’s Cup in 2014 and 2015 Increased professional development of coaches and football officials with 428 licensed coaches Conducted 201 Sessions of the Grassroots Development Program for 69,663 students and 11,263 teachers Conducted Festivals of Football for 3,460 boys and 1,216 girls and the PFF-PFA Youth League for 672 teams Donated classroom buildings to typhoon-stricken communities in partnership with international benefactors Set-up the foundation for the Philippine football league
The Congress also elected PFF’s New Board with Mr. Araneta re-elected as President unopposed. Mayor Joselito Pinol was elected Vice President while Ms. Ma.Lalaine Sarmiento was elected as Female Member as provided for in the new statutes.
The Board Members for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are the following: LUZON Adriatico, Jay Aquino, Frael Baluyot, Domingo Lina, Jose Jr. VISAYAS Dakay, Pericles Jr. (Dr.) Emperado, Palami, Dan Stephen Yanson, Ricardo Jr. MINDANAO Abad, Bayani Jose Armada, Arnold (Atty.) Guarin, Percy Protacio, Erwin
PFF welcomes Infantino’s ascent as FIFA head March 3, 2016 7:47 pm
Philippine Football Federation (PFF) President Mariano Araneta said that the PFF welcomes the election of Gianni Infantino as Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) president.
“Of course, we would have been happier if Sheik Salman won because we were supporting him. But we are happy also with Gianni,” Araneta said in an interview with The Manila Times.
Salman is the incumbent head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
“We were supporting Sheikh Salman, our AFC president, but nevertheless, they were the two best candidates. So when Gianni won, it was okay for us,” he added.
Infantino, who served as Union of Europian Football Assocations (UEFA) general secretary for seven years, enjoyed a slim 88-85 lead in the first round of voting before winning 115 to 88 against Salman in the second round.
The 45-year-old Swiss-Italian will lead FIFA until 2019, succeeding controversial long-time FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Blatter’s tenure, which started in 1998, was marred by controversy and corruption allegations that tainted the name of one of the biggest sporting organizations in the world.
“It was not really the dark ages. Most of these corruptions were done not in the FIFA itself. Of course, there were questions about Blatter and Platini regarding the payment of the salaries,” Araneta said.
Araneta said that he is optimistic that Infantino could initiate a fresh start for FIFA.
“Gianni’s young and full of energy. I think and I can see that he is not involved with anything,” he said.
“I hope everybody will support him as what Sheik Salman has done. He has written a letter to all of us in the AFC to support the new president. What’s important now are the reforms that we have approved should be implemented,”
Araneta added that he appreciated the gesture of Infantino to boost the funding for the FIFA member associations especially for developing football nations such as the Philippines.
“As what you have probably learned now, he promised a lot of funding for the associations. He promised the associations five million dollars in four years. That’s an additional 1.25 million in funding for us per year.”
He said that with the additional subsidy that the PFF is about to receive, the country’s national football governing body could improve their programs for the development of the sport.
“He said that money should be given for development. He is supporting us in terms of funding to develop football in our country. $1.25 million will go a long way especially in grassroots and youth development,” he concluded.
The 45-year-old Infantino is described by Araneta as very approachable and humble. Infantino was part of the committee that instituted far-reaching reforms in the organization, such as the increase in size of the executive council to 36 members, with a minimum number of women in the posts. Infantino was recently lauded for organizing a friendly pick-up game with FIFA staff and other dignitaries on his first day at work. He also recently flew on a budget airline for a trip to the UK to signal a change in philosophy from FIFA's scandal-ridden past.
Nonetheless, Araneta admits that he did not vote for Infantino but instead cast his vote for Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, the Bahraini AFC president. Infantino won in the second round of voting, 115 over 88 for Salman. Araneta says that Salman had already instituted in the AFC many of the reforms that are now beginning in FIFA.
But Araneta is still excited about the Infantino regime, especially since it promises a windfall for member associations like the Philippines. Currently the PFF receives US $250,000 a year in assistance from FIFA. Infantino says he will up that to US$5 million over four years, or US$1.25 million a year, meaning Philippine football will have a total of US $1.5 million a year, 6 times its current stipend.
Araneta says that Infantino is confident that new sponsor money will flow into FIFA now that he has come to replace Sepp Blatter.
The PFF president says that the federation will look into increasing the number of football competitions at youth level and also for the women's game.
“We can look at the gaps that we need to fill at the youth levels,” says Araneta. Off the top of his head he identified the U15 age group as one that needs more competitions. Araneta also indicated that he could be working with the DepEd to improve the football competition in the Palarong Pambansa, either at the national or regional level.
A U21 national men's competition is being eyed this year, perhaps in conjunction with PFF's partner in youth tournaments, Smart. This year Negros Occidental won the Smart-PFF U22 championship. They would likely be knocking back the age limit a year younger because the AFF has also decided that starting next year, the SEA Games mens football competition will be an under-22 event instead of under-23. Presumably that would mean the cut-off birth year for players will be 1995 instead of 1994.
BEIJING — China has announced a plan to develop the nation’s football talent that envisions 50 million players joining in the game by the end of the decade. The Chinese Football Association’s plan calls for the country to have 70,000 football pitches, including those newly built and refurbished. It targets long-neglected youth programs, with more than 30 million primary and secondary schools to play regularly, the training of 10,000 coaches, and to more than double the number of specialized academies to 20,000.
The plan will be rolled out in three stages, with the short term goals set for 2020, midterm for 2030 and long-term for 2050. Despite its sporting prowess, China has found little success in international football. President Xi Jinping has recently made changing that a national priority.
Recent small triumphs in football have enabled the Philippines to rise in the global ranking of FIFA from 135 to 116, an impressive jump by 16 points. I personally saw live on TV the dramatic 3 – 2 upset of North Korea by our national team, the AZKALs. That victory helped the Philippines also to curry favour with the Chinese because our beating North Korea helped the national Chinese team advance in the final qualifying round for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. One way we can capitalise on this favour is to identify some Chinese business enterprises that can sponsor in the future some of our football clubs that are beginning to shine in the Southeast Asian region.
Take Ceres-La Salle and Kaya. Both Philippine clubs that have shone in the United Football League (UFL) recorded historic wins against their respective ASEAN opponents, Tampines Rovers and Balestier Khalsa, both of Singapore, a country with decades of football traditions Ceres-La Salle won 2 to 1 while Kaya had a more impressive victory 3 to 0. These small gains mean a lot for a country that did not even have a representative in the AFC Cup until 2015. Football as a national sport is very much at its incipient stage in the Philippines, especially compared to basketball in which we have more than half of a century of outstanding performance in the world stage. I am glad, though, that we have the right leadership being shown by the Philippine Football Federation and very proactive business and civil society sectors that are promoting the sport at all social levels, from the street children of slum areas to the public school system and finally to the posh subdivisions and exclusive private schools .
We should take full advantage of the Filipino diaspora of more than 10 million expat Filipinos, many of whom are intermarrying with citizens of their host countries. We should not apologise that the majority of the players now for our national team are not “full-blooded” Filipinos but are “mestizos”, e.g. Filiipino-British, Fil-Spaniards, Fil-Australians Fil-Americans, Fil-Iranians, etc. These players from mixed parentage can take full advantage of the long-standing practices of football in the countries of their non-Fiipino parents. This will make up for the lack of football tradition in the Philippines. A football-playing culture is very important for conditioning the young in excelling in the sport, which requires habits developed from early childhood. I encourage our football clubs to spare no effort in looking for these mestizo talents, especially in the world’s leading football nations like Spain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal—nations where there are numerous OFWs. We may also source from some of these European nations top football players, not necessarily for our national team, but for our football clubs, in the same way that some of the best football clubs in the world like FC Barcelona depend on foreign players like Messi (Argentinian), Neymar (Brazilian), and Suarez (Uruguan) to win championships. I have noticed a good number of young Spanish football players looking for work in the Philippines since close to 50 % of yuppies in Spain are unemployed. This would be an opportunity for our football clubs to attract some very good players so we can continue to excel in the Asian cups. It does not matter if many these imported players cannot play for the national team. By giving international prestige to our private football clubs, we attract more of our youth to be passionate about football
We can also learn from the long-term planning that is now going on in the football industry in China. As a recent article in the International New York Times (April 13, 2016) reported, China is not sparing any effort to reach the top of the soccer world in the next thirty or more years. Like their South Korean and Japanese rivals, the Chinese also plan to be world champions by 2050. As Gao Hongbo, the national team coach said in an interview, “The Chinese government, including the sports and education ministries, support football more and are paying attention to youth development. If we continue like this, China will become very strong.” The Chinese are putting their money where their mouth is. After five years of increasing spending, the Chinese Super League as a whole paid round $300 million in the winter of 2015 on foreign stars, including Alex Teixeira of Brazil and Jackson Martinez of Colombia. The most famous Chinese club, Guanzhou Evergrande, has already won two of the past three Asian Champions League title. China will have a chance to test itself against South Korea on September 1 in the first match of the final round on the road to the World Cup in Russia.
We may not be able to match the spending of China in their ambitious goals of reaching the top of the soccer world. We can, however, emulate their plan to introduce football to 20,000 schools, with 30 million children playing the game regularly by the end of the present decade. Already, through a private foundation, former Senator Ed Angara is working with the Department of Education to introduce the playing of football in the sports program of all our public schools. Local coaches will be trained with the help of the Real Madrid Foundation that will conduct training camps for coaches. Local governments, NGOs, and business enterprises can replicate this effort with Real Madrid with other famous football clubs in Europe, such as FC Barcelona, Liverpool, Bayern, Paris San Germaine (PSG), Inter Milan, Manchester City, Sevilla, Atletico de Madrid, and many others. Local football supporters can approach the various European embassies as well as Latin American embassies, to help identify the world’s leading clubs that take it upon themselves to help the Philippines compete with China and other Asian countries in excelling in the world’s leading sport. I already know for a fact that FC Espanyol, the other top club in Barcelona, has very concrete proposals to help the local government of Iloilo City, together with educational and business institutions, to put up a Football Academy in what can be called again the “Queen City of the South.” Since we do not have the money to compete with China and with the strong nations of Asia, we must use “football diplomacy” with our European and Latin American partners. I am sure that even the Argentinians, Brazlians, Chileans, Mexicans and other strong football nations in Latin American will be more than willing to help the Philippines to hold its own in the football arena of Asia.
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It looks like the Filipino Spaniards and the other Spaniards in the UFL, have been spreading the news that their former colony the Philippines is a great place to play football. I hope the UFL takes advantage of this opportunity to hire some of these young Spanish players whose culture is so similar to ours. It has been awhile since Cutillas and company came to our shores to help spread the message of football to the Filipinos with mixed success, but this current wave I think would find a more receptive public in this era, to help convince Filipinos to embrace their passion for the sport.
It is nice to hear that FC Espanyol is helping to establish a Football Academy in Iloilo. Considering how popular football is in that region, it would be fertile ground for them to create young talent. I hope the other La Liga clubs follow suit considering the Spanish style of football suits our physique and personality much more than the Northern European model.
Goalkeeper Coaches and Goalkeepers with PFF General Secretary Edwin Gastanes, PFF Techincal Director Aris Caslib, PFF Coaching Education Department Head Marlon Maro, and FIFA Instructor Jose Carpio at the Opening Ceremony.
FIFA is conducting a Goalkeeping Course on 25-29 April 2016 in Metro Manila. Practical sessions are being held at the University of Makati while theory sessions are held at the PFF House of Football. Coach Jose Marcelino Carpio, a former Philippine National Team goalkeeper and is now a ranking official with the AFC Technical Department, is the assigned FIFA Instructor. He is assisted by Coach Noel Marcaida.
The FIFA Goalkeeping course is on its third consecutive year. It is a continuing effort of FIFA and PFF to transfer specialized goalkeeping knowledge and skills to improve the level of goalkeeping in teams from clubs, universities, and PFF Member Associations.
There are 24 participants from all over the Philippines comprising goalkeeper coaches and goalkeepers. The Participants are:
Aberilla, Allan (Iligan – Lanao Del Norte FA) Alazas, Frederick Jr. (Cebu FA) Albao, Anthony (National Team GK Coach) Aroy, Ulysses (Davao del Norte FA) Badelic, Florencio Jr. (former National Team Player) Brondo, Russel (Naga City – Camarines Sur FA) Bulalaque, Gideon (Bukidnon FA) Dela Cerna, Remart (Compostela Valley FA) Elarco, Vizmark (Quezon FA) Estrada, Binky (Cebu FA) Fernando, Isabella Francesca (National Team GK Coach) Golpo, Canuto (Camarines Norte FA) Hodreal, Jan Cedric Hung, Jean Kuo (National Capital Region FA) Lababit, Andrei (FA of Tarlac) Lelis, Bernard (Butuan – Agusan del Norte FA) Moreno, John (Negros Occidental FA) Nudalo, King Basil (Leyte FA) Pacubas, Luzviminda (former National Team Player) Padilla, Ricardo Jr. (former National Team Player) Pongos, Genesis (Leyte FA) Salumbides, Eric (Davao FA) Turrecha, Lorenzo Joaquin (CMOFA) Yagong, Carlo Andrew (NOCOFA)
Opening ceremonies on 25 April 2016 were attended by PFF General Secretary Edwin Gastanes, PFF Technical Director Aris Caslib, and PFF Coaching Education Department Head Marlon Maro.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF), which has been under the administration of Mariano “Nonong” Araneta for the past 5 years, will undergo an assessment by FIFA representatives who have gathered in Cebu this weekend along with a representative from the Asian Football Confederation for the FIFA Organizational Review/Leadership Retreat this Saturday, June 18.
This will be followed by the 3rd PFF Board of Governors (BOG) Meeting for 2016 tomorrow, Sunday.
Both events will be held at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City. The Cebu Football Association headed by Pericles “Ricky” Dakay will be hosting the two events.
Araneta said that FIFA had a big role in crafting the new PFF administration when he was first unanimously voted by the PFF Congress as the PFF president in 2010, replacing the late Jose Mari Martinez. Last year Araneta was once again voted unanimously to continue leading the National Sports Association for football, extending his leadership role for another 4 years.
FIFA, which had helped craft the new administration of the PFF, is now back to review the their progress as well as help plan its direction for the next 4 years based on the assessment.
According to Araneta, over the past 5 years, the PFF has achieved a lot in terms of coaching structure as they now have more A, B and C licensed coaches.
“When we started 4 to 5 years ago, we only had 2 A licensed coaches, now we have 24, C was a hundred plus, now we have almost 400, so these are really essential football development, and I think Cebu (CFA) is one of the associations that have tried their best to develop coaches and referees,” Araneta said to the local sports reporters after a welcome dinner last night, Friday, June 17, which was hosted by Dakay.
However, for Araneta, the biggest achievement of his administration's last term is taking steps to make the PFF’s governance transparent, which has earned the trust of sponsors.
“I think we have brought football to the perception of being transparent, as far as good governance is concerned. Making the football governance more transparent is very important so that the sponsors will see that we are really doing our best,” said Araneta.
MEETING UP. Representatives from FIFA and AFC gather. Photo from Mars Alison/Rappler
MEETING UP. Representatives from FIFA and AFC gather. Photo from Mars Alison/Rappler
According to Araneta, when he first took over, the PFF only had a small amount of money in the bank but now they have gathered more sponsors as well as more support from the FIFA, AFC and the Asean Football Federation (AFF).
“Because of the transparency, people are contributing more, FIFA comes here, teams have improved internationally and locally,” added Araneta.
Also, from an annual $250,000 funding from FIFA, this will now be increased to $1.250 million, which Araneta said a part will be used as a seed funding for the youth development, which he admits lacks development unlike the national team, which has flourished in recent years under Coach Thomas Dooley.
The increased FIFA funding will go to boosting development of the sport. The previous amount saw 15 percent go to women's football, international and local competitions each, plus technical training such as coaching and refereeing courses.
The PFF president said that in today’s review, he will suggest to the FIFA representatives that the PFF would now like to focus in youth development, “We have the grassroots but our youth development is dependent on DepEd, so I’d like to discuss with them about harnessing grassroots material to develop into the youth.”
Araneta said that aside from the FIFA funding, they also hoped to encourage sponsors to invest in the youth development.
Aside from the focus on youth development, Araneta said that they would also be discussing with the FIFA representatives the formation of a National League which will be community-based and which they hope to introduce by next year.
The FIFA representatives in the Philippines to conduct the review are Kenneth Macleod, Kevan Pipe, Domeka Garamendi, Mike Pfister and Jochen Figge while the lone AFC representative is Sonam Jigmi.
Include provinces too Sunday, June 19, 2016 By Richiel S. Chavez
DECADES. Fifa’s Mike Pfister said the Philippines should take advantage of the momentum that the popularity of football has gained in the country. He added that it’s time to put more focus on the countryside instead of just putting emphasis on just development of the sport in Manila. <strong>(Sun.Star Foto/Ruel Rosello)</strong>
DECADES. Fifa’s Mike Pfister said the Philippines should take advantage of the momentum that the popularity of football has gained in the country. He added that it’s time to put more focus on the countryside instead of just putting emphasis on just development of the sport in Manila. (Sun.Star Foto/Ruel Rosello)
YOUTH development is one of the main focuses of the Philippine football in the coming years and to spread the popularity of football to the different regions and not just in Manila, a Fifa representative said.
“You need more football clubs that have youth players playing regularly in a league. This is how you produce players. This will make sure that a new generation of players are ready,” said Mike Pfister, Fifa’s Senior Development Manager of the Member Associations & Development Division, after the Fifa Organizational Review/Leadership Retreat last Saturday at the Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.
Pfister said that the aim is to spread the popularity of football to different regions, and not just center it all in Manila.
“We just spent the past week discussing elements of football in the Philippines. It’s not just what happens in the pitch, what happens outside of it is also a factor,” he said “We are assisting Philippine Football Federation (PFF) on its strategic plans in terms of technical assistance, looking for ways to improve facilities and infrastructures,” said Pfister.
Pfister said that part of the plan is to work better in the regional associations, because football is developed in the provinces and in the regions of the country.
Pfister said that compared to 2012, there is an improvement in Philippine football and the focus now is to continue its improvement and growth nationwide.
“The foundation has been laid, the governance framework is in place, the organization is stable and the national team has improved,” he said. “Compared to five years ago, the Philippines has come very far. I think two big challenges is to keep the momentum of the popularity of the sport going.”
In 2010, the Philippines was ranked 149th in the world. Now, the country is currently rated 120th and went up as high as 115th.
Pfister said that it doesn’t matter if football is not the most popular or the second most popular sport in the country. What is more important is to raise a sporting culture of football in the country.
He said that to improve the sport, there must be a regular league to be played regularly, and the country is not there yet.
“The one thing about football, the room is not built overnight, there is no shortcut to developing sport. It takes a lot of hard work with the youth, grassroots, to get schools to cooperate. There will be a lot of sweat and tears. It must be a continued effort and it will take decades,” said Pfister.
Pfister said that the country has competent people but what is lacking is the number.
“You have the competent people, but you need a lot more of numbers of instructors. If you compare a football instructor from the Philippines from some of the bigger football nations in Asia, there is a big gap. And again, that is a snapshot of today, but if you look years back, the numbers is a little bit lower in the country,” he said.
UNLIKE in previous years, when the tryouts or even composition of the youth teams were limited to the Manila-based players, the Philippine Football Federation has opened opportunities for players outside Manila or even the Philippines. There are training camps in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, with the best making the national pool.
But, despite the improvements, there is so much room for improvement for our national youth system set-up and it’s quite refreshing, that unlike his predecessors who love to tout empty achievements, current president Nonong Araneta acknowledges the need to improve youth football in the country.
“We have grassroots but for the tournaments, we’re just relying on the Department of Education for the youth,” Araneta said. That statement acknowledges that without the step-ladder U16 and U19 tournaments of the path, it is the Palarong Pambansa that helps identify the best of the best as it is also a step-ladder tournament.
However, the problem in the Palaro has always been its conduct of the football event, where teams are sometimes forced to play two games a day; and given that setting, it’s no longer about skills. Then of course, there’s the officiating problem.
Surprisingly, Nonong has a simple solution for that, one so obvious that it makes you wonder, why has no one thought of that before? They sent the proposal to the Department of Education, which, as of now, is sitting on it.
Nonong’s solution? After the regional meets and before the Palarong Pambansa--a two-month to three-month window--the PFF wants to hold a tournament for the 18 regional champions, to cull them to a more manageable number that can ideally be suited for the one-week event that is the Palaro. The 18 could be divided into four groups that would play a single round robin, with the top two advancing to the quarterfinals, which would then be held during the Palarong Pambansa.
Eight teams in one week is a whole lot manageable compared to 18 teams, right?
“Why don’t the PFF step in and strengthen the Palarong Pambansa?” Nonong said.
Nonong’s proposal is actually a sound one and the only stumblign block I see is if short-sighted DepEd officials won’t go along with it because they can easily hide their hangers-on in a massive multi-event meet like the Palaro than in a one-event meet for 18 regional champions.
I hope DepEd, under a new admin, sees the relevance of the PFF’s proposal.
On that proposal to tweak the Palarong Pambansa football, it makes sense. The games have to grow up and it can no longer be seen as having participation as the goal. Increasing the level of skill at the national level, and the identification of potential elite players must be considered as goals as well. And if the PFF gets involved with the pre-tournament, all the better.
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