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Basketball, football get green light for training resumption

Jul 03, 2020 - 2:07 PM

The IATF approves appeals from the PBA and the PFF to allow their teams and clubs to practice again

HARDCOURT RETURN. The PBA took a big step towards a potential season resumption after getting the approval from the government allowing its players to return to practice. Photo from PBA Images

PFF asks GAB endorsement for potential football return

Jun 01, 2020 - 3:23 PM

The Philippine Football Federation says it will work closely with the government for the gradual return of football, starting with the resumption of the Philippine Football League

Photo from Shutterstock

Philippine Premier League folds after opening weekend

May 04, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The country’s top-tier football league reverts to its old name, the Philippines Football League, and plans to resume mid-May

ILL-FATED. Air Force and Mendiola battle into a draw in the short-lived Philippine Premier League.

PH football looks to follow Germany, Japan success path with My PFF

May 23, 2018 - 3:54 PM

Have you signed up in MyPFF yet? By June 2018, only registered players can see action in events sanctioned by the Philippine Football Federation

What's so unique about PH football? Just ask Soca Loca

May 19, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Malaysian startup aims to spur the growth of Philippine football with a new mobile app

DEVELOP THROUGH TECH. Sayf Ismail (center) advocates the use of technology to grow the predominantly traditional sport of football. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

PFF holds first Football Coaches Conference in Manila

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:13 PM

The conference aims to bring together Filipino football educators and enthusiasts, where the topics will focus on developing football in the Philippines, especially the grassroots program

INAUGURAL. Speakers at the Philippines' first Football Coaches Conference include coaches from here and abroad.

What Philippine club football can learn from Indonesia

Apr 27, 2017 - 3:28 PM

Indonesia is both north star and cautionary tale for the Philippines Football League

PASSIONATE FANS. As the Philippines takes another pass at a major professional football league, much can be learned from the success and failures of Indonesia's league. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Football: So, how's that national league coming along?

Jan 12, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The upcoming Philippines Football League is getting closer to becoming a reality

NEW LEAGUE. The Loyola Meralco Sparks hold tryouts on Wednesday at McKinley Hill Stadium in preparation for the upcoming Philippines National League. The league is "90 percent" certain to push through this season, says Nonong Araneta, signaling a transformation for Philippine club football. Image by Bob Guerrero

PFF Women's League leads the charge for Pinay football

Dec 15, 2016 - 4:48 PM

An 11 team league and promising youth players augur well for the female game

Ideas for marketing the Philippines Football League

Sep 21, 2016 - 12:00 AM

To succeed the new national league unfolding next year will need to be marketed well Here are some suggestions

The new league must promote Filipino stars like Global's Amani Aguinaldo, Misagh Bahadoran and Jerry Barbaso. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

PFF one step closer to launching nationwide pro football league

Sep 06, 2016 - 11:00 PM

The Philippine Football Federation lays the groundwork for a new premier football league that will begin in March 2017

PFF to implement online registration for football players

Jun 24, 2016 - 1:39 PM

Players coaches official and even fans will be able to register for a national database this year

FIFA review of Philippine football underway in Cebu

Jun 18, 2016 - 5:05 PM

Mariano Araneta says that FIFA had a big role in crafting the new PFF administration

Philippines keeps Suzuki Cup hosting rights: official

Mar 12, 2016 - 5:47 PM

The Philippine Sports Stadium will be the primary venue for the Suzuki Cup Group Stage on November 19 to 26 but some matches will be played in the smaller venue

PFF president Araneta on Suzuki Cup hosting, new FIFA president

Mar 07, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Mariano Araneta says the Philippines could still have home field advantage in November s ASEAN championships plus gives his thoughts on the new FIFA president

STOP THE PRESSES. The Philippines could still end up hosting one round-robin group stage of the Suzuki Cup. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Biñan, Laguna becomes home to new artificial-grass football pitch

Aug 06, 2015 - 2:16 PM

This regulation sized football field is believed to be the first from a local government unit in the Philippines and could provide a big boost for the game in the region

A light tower rises over the pitch. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Outgoing German football consultant has encouraging, sobering words for Pinoy football

Jun 30, 2015 - 3:38 PM

Thomas Roy who has been in the Philippines to help nurture grassroots football says it will be a big challenge to grow the sport domestically

“The coaches are doing their best, but as long as you have few youth players, it's going to be very hard," Thomas Roy says of the grassroots program in the Philippines. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Adad, who kept football alive, dies at 86

Apr 24, 2015 - 10:07 PM

PFF president Mariano Araneta Jr says Rene Adad contributed a lot to Philippine football

Philippines ranked 17th in Asia before FIFA World Cup elims draw

Apr 09, 2015 - 8:05 PM

The Philippines is ranked 17th in Asia 5 days before the formal draw for the 2018 World Cup Asian eliminations

The Azkals have three months to prepare for the FIFA World Cup eliminations. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

The kids are alright: Meet the U22 'Olympic' Azkals

Mar 21, 2015 - 2:50 AM

The Philippine U22 team embarks for Bangkok with eyes on qualifying for the 2016 AFC U23 championship and the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

Former UE Red Warrior Fitch Arboleda (#40) and current Stallion player Arnel Amita (#50) are among the young players who will boost the Philippine team. Photo by Bob Guerrero

PFF releases 24-man roster for AFC U23 qualifiers

Mar 20, 2015 - 9:40 PM

The team will start their journey to qualify for the Asian youth football championship in Qatar in 2016

The U23 National Football team. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Loyola Meralco Sparks bag PFF-Smart national title

Feb 01, 2015 - 1:36 AM

Loyola Meralco Sparks FC capped off an impressive run by snatching the 2014 2015 Philippine Football Federation Smart National Club Championship trophy away from Global FC by the score of 2 0

The Loyola Meralco Sparks celebrate their PFF championship win. Photo from Loyola's Facebook <span class="attribution"></span>

Global, Loyola set for PFF-Smart finals showdown

Jan 30, 2015 - 2:54 PM

Global FC and Loyola Meralco Sparks FC overcame their foes in the semi final round to arrange a showdown on Saturday for the PFF National title

Mark Hartmann of Global FC attacks against Ceres. Photo from PFF

Global FC blazes through Erco to advance to semis

Jan 27, 2015 - 11:57 PM

UFL champs Global FC demolished provincial side Eroc Bro FC to earn a semi finals berth for the Philippine Football Federation Smart National Club Championship

ON TO THE NEXT. Global FC had an easy time advancing to the PFF National semis. Photo from Global FC's Facebook

Loyola, Ceres advance to PFF semis

Jan 27, 2015 - 12:32 PM

Loyola Meralco Sparks FC and Ceres La Salle FC have qualified to advance to the semis of the Philippine Football Federation Smart National Club Championship after finishing as the two two teams of Group A

NEXT ROUND. Ceres FC has advanced to the semis after making the top two of Group A. Photo from Ceres Facebook

Stallion holds Global to a 1-1 draw

Jan 26, 2015 - 12:21 AM

Global still holds on to the top spot of their group due to a higher goal difference Stallion is at second place

Loyola takes top spot in Group B with Ceres win

Jan 25, 2015 - 1:49 PM

Phil Younghusband scores the only goal of the match

Loyola FC's Phil Younghusband dribbles the ball. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler Mark Cristino/Rappler

Ceres FC escapes Kaya's late game rally

Jan 23, 2015 - 5:52 AM

Defending national champs Ceres La Salle FC escaped the late game wrath of Kaya FC to kick off the final group stage of the Philippine Football Federation Smart National Club Championship

Ceres FC began their Smart Nationals campaign with a win over Kaya. Photo from Ceres FC's Facebook

National football tilt resumes

Jan 21, 2015 - 1:52 PM

The Smart National Club Championship round of eight resumes on Thursday January 22

Leaders of the football clubs participating in the PFF Smart National Club Championship during the tournament's press conference. Photo by Jaelle Nevin Reyes/Rappler

Azkals to end 42-year losing streak to Thailand, says PFF

Dec 03, 2014 - 4:02 PM

The Philippines hasn t beaten Thailand since 1972 a fact PFF president Mariano Araneta expects to change when they meet in the AFF Suzuki Cup semis

The Azkals are hoping for more scenes like this when they meet Thailand in a 2-match semifinal series. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Philippine Football Federation wins Grassroots Award in AFC Gala

Dec 01, 2014 - 3:56 PM

The Philippine Football Federation bagged the President Recognition Award for Grassroots Football during the awards night gala of the 60th anniversary celebration of the Asian Football Confederation in Manila

AFC President Shaikh Salamn bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (L) poses with PFF President Mariano "Nonong" Araneta at the AFC gala. Photo by Josh Albelda

World Vision and AFC kick off 'One Goal'

Nov 28, 2014 - 5:15 PM

One Goal: Nutrition for Every Child campaign is a global initiative which focuses on promoting good nutrition among children through sports development

UFL postpones games amid schedule conflict

Sep 27, 2014 - 3:25 AM

The UFL has revised its schedule to give way to the games of Ceres La Salle FC and Stallion FC in the group stage of the PFF Smart Club National Championship

PFF revises Peace Cup game dates

Aug 31, 2014 - 7:23 PM

To comply with new regulations set by international football governing body the PFF announced that the matches for the squads that will participate in the 2014 Peace Cup will be reduced to 2

Patrick Reichelt sinks a goal during an Azkals vs Global FC friendly match. Photo by Mark Cristino

National Football Club Championship kicks off August 22

Aug 19, 2014 - 8:48 PM

The Philippine Football Federation announced the launch of the 2014 National Football Club Championship which kicks off August 22

From left to right: PFF tournaments department head Cyril Dupitas, General Secretary Edwin Castanes and Smart Sports Senior Marketing Manager Christopher John Quimpo answer questions from the media. Photo by Jaelle Nevin Reyes

WATCH: Azkals coach Dooley fires back at Schrock, Etheridge, Cagara

Aug 07, 2014 - 9:39 PM

After being rocked by the criticism and withdrawals of Stephan Schrock and Dennis Cagara Azkals coach Thomas Dooley addressed the media to offer his side

"The PFF are not a pick-up club or a pick-up organization or a chicken farm as Stephan was releasing in the social media," said Dooley. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

On Azkals controversy: Locals need playing time, too

Aug 06, 2014 - 7:32 PM

The Philippine Football Federation says the team s star players may not be released by their home clubs in Europe for tournaments like the ASEAN Football Federation AFF Suzuki Cup because it s not an official FIFA event

“Bottom line, our National Coach Thomas Dooley [needs] to have a team ready which consists more or less [of] our local players to compete [in] events like the Suzuki Cup," said a statement on the Azkals Facebook page. Photo by Mark Cristino

Why the Azkals are upset with team management

Aug 05, 2014 - 5:05 PM

A lack of communication about roster changes and disorganization within the PFF are the reasons why some players aren t pleased with management says a source after Stephan Schrock and Dennis Cagara quit the team

HIGHLIGHTS: Azkals vs Malaysia

Mar 01, 2014 - 5:53 PM

Newly installed coach Thomas Dooley makes his debut in this Azkals friednly in preparation for the AFC Challenge Cup

DEBUT. Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley watching UFL games from earlier this month. Photo by Mark Cristino

PFF names Azkals lineup for Malaysia, Azerbaijan friendlies

Feb 26, 2014 - 6:30 AM

The Philippine Football Federation has bared the list of players who made it onto the squads which will go up against Malaysia and Azerbaijan

LINEUP ANNOUNCED. Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley watching UFL games from earlier this month. Photo by Mark Cristino

Azkals Bahadoran, Angeles talk new coach, trauma therapy

Feb 08, 2014 - 11:26 PM

As Global FC took in a new experimental exercise two of their National Team players expressed optimism about their new coach

BAHALA NA. Global FC/Philippine National team midfielders Marwin Angeles (left) and Misagh Bahadoran (right) are optimistic about the new Azkals coach. Photo by Ryan Songalia

Former US captain Thomas Dooley announced as new Azkals coach

Feb 07, 2014 - 3:51 PM

The Philippine Football Federation announced that Thomas Dooley will be the new head coach of the Philippine National Team at a press conference Friday morning at the PFF House of Football headquarters in Pasig City

AZKALS NEW TOP DOG. Newly appointed Philippine National Football Team coach Thomas Dooley gestures while answering questions from the media during a press conference on Friday afternoon. The German-American coach replaces German Hans Michael Weiss. Photo by Mark Cristino

Azkals to face Azerbaijan in friendly match in Dubai

Feb 03, 2014 - 7:12 PM

For the first time since 1997 the Philippine National Football Team will face a European squad in Azerbaijan on March 5 in Dubai United Arab Emirates

DUBAI DUEL. The Azkals will travel to Dubai for a friendly match against Azerbaijan in March. Photo by Josh Abelda

Elmo Magalona, Azkals members at peace month kick-off

Sep 01, 2013 - 9:53 PM

1 Goal for Peace celebrates football and National Peace Consciousness Month in September

PITCH FOR PEACE. Elmo Magalona and Secretary Deles. Photos by Joser Dumbrique

Challenge Cup Qualifiers a must win - Weiss

Mar 08, 2013 - 10:08 AM

The Philippine Azkals hopes to win Group E of the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers in Rizal Memorial Stadium on March 22 to 26 to gain an outright berth in the competition s final stages in Maldives in 2014

A MUST WIN. The Philippine Azkals will be aiming to top Group E of the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers in Manila. Photo by Lean Santos

Balls for Peace: 994 more balls to go

Aug 10, 2012 - 8:34 PM

With 2 weeks to go the Balls for Peace campaign needs over 900 soccer balls more to hit its 2000 target

Philippine Football Federation lodges complaint against Arnold Clavio

Mar 15, 2012 - 6:39 PM

The reporter finds himself the subject of a complaint after anti Azkals remarks he made on air