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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

A fighter: PH team recalls Bea Luna's tough character before passing

May 28, 2020 - 5:53 PM

Bea Luna thought she would get cut from the team, but she wound up with a spot in the starting XI because of her hard work

AN ANGEL. National girls football team head coach Rachelle delos Reyes (left) remembers how passionate Bea Luna was about the sport before she died. Photo from Rachelle delos Reyes' Facebook

16-year-old PH youth football player dies

May 27, 2020 - 7:22 PM

Bea Luna, 16, records one international goal in her national team debut in 2019

TOO SOON. Bea Luna passes away at 16 years old with a maiden national team appearance in 2019. Photo from Philippine Football Federation

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

Azkals survive late scare in friendly win over Fiji

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:28 PM

This friendly will prepare the Azkals for Tuesday's match AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers

FRIENDLY. The Azkals warm up for their AFC Asian Cup Qualifier with a friendly against Fiji. Photo by the Philippine Football Federation

Philippines Football League inks new livestreaming deal

Feb 23, 2018 - 11:25 AM

The country's pro football league will now have a new streaming partner in Sportradar

Rizal Memorial Football Stadium to host PH's final Asian Cup Qualifier match

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The final Group F home match between the Philippines and Tajikistan will be held on March 27, 2018

VENUE CHANGE. Rizal Memorial will host the match between the Philippines and Tajikistan again. Photo by Josh Albelda/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.

PFF inaugurates new artificial football pitch in Carmona

Sep 11, 2017 - 1:54 PM

The field within the San Lazaro Leisure Park will be part of a national training center

FOOTBALL MECCA POTENTIAL. The new pitch is only part of the plans to make the training center in Carmona a footballing hot spot. Photo by Bob Guerrero/ Rappler

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

The Suzuki Cup draw, plus other good and bad PH football news

Aug 09, 2016 - 6:53 PM

It s been a mixed bag lately for Filipino football fans But still plenty to look forward to as the Suzuki Cup looms

GROUP OF DEATH. The Azkals, seen in action against Yemen, will have a tough go of it in the Suzuki Cup. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

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

Girl Power: Philippines to face Thailand in AFC U-14 title match

Jun 04, 2016 - 10:19 PM

The Philippines makes it to the Asian Football Confederation Under 14 Girls Regional Championship match after drubbing Myanmar 5 1

TITLE SHOWDOWN. The Philippines, seen during their preliminary 2-2 draw against Thailand, will meet Thailan once again in the final. Photo from AFC website

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

Why are we so bad at making football stadiums?

Mar 03, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Well designed stadia are crucial to the development of the game in the Philippines Sadly we struggle to produce them

A postcard from Philippine football's future

Jul 23, 2015 - 4:48 AM

How might the Beautiful Game in the Philippines change a half century from today? Here is a light hearted look into the crystal ball

Will football arenas in the Philippines have retractable tops and "real" artificial turf in the future? Only time will tell. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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

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

Global FC hands M’lang a 10-0 beating

Jan 24, 2015 - 2:14 AM

United Football League division 1 champs Global FC gave North Cotabato’s M’lang FC a 10 0 thrashing to tally their first win of the PFF Smart National Club Championship

GLOBAL DOMINATION. The goals started coming and they didn't stop until the final whistle for Global FC. Photo from Global 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

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

Azkals drop 6 spots but remain SEA’s top squad

Sep 19, 2014 - 8:03 PM

The Philippine national football team dropped six spots in the FIFA rankings but maintain the top spot in South East Asia

Phil Younghusband celebrates the 2-1 goal during the Azkals' loss to Myanmar. File photo by Josh Albelda

Dooley reveals Peace Cup Azkals roster

Aug 29, 2014 - 11:23 PM

The Younghusband and Greatwich brothers all made the cut as the Philippines prepares to defend its Peace Cup title

RELEASED. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley addresses the media as he issues the final roster for the Peace Cup. Photo by Jaelle Nevin Reyes

Philippine Flow Fest: Celebrating fire and movement arts

Mar 21, 2014 - 2:52 PM

PFF 2014 is a three day festival that will bring together motion and music art professionals and enthusiasts from across the country

LIVE BLOG: Philippine Azkals vs Indonesia

Aug 14, 2013 - 9:04 PM

The Philippine Azkals take on Indonesia in a friendly match

Azkals roster for AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers released

Mar 18, 2013 - 2:45 PM

The PFF has released the 23 man squad for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers

SQUAD LIST. The PFF has released the 23-man squad for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers. File photo

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

Ceres clinches PFF-Smart Championships trophy

Feb 03, 2013 - 4:22 PM

The only non UFL side in the final four of the tournament won its first major title in national competitions

CINDERELLA-RUN. Ceres FC victorious after beating PSG FC and winning the crown at the PFF-Smart National Club Championships. Photo by Josh Albelda.

Ceres FC, Pasargad FC to meet in the finals

Jan 27, 2013 - 4:11 PM

The cast for the PFF Smart National Club Championship final has been decided after both Bacolod s Ceres FC and the United Football League s Pasargad FC won their matches booking their ticket to the finals

PFF-Smart Championships semis all set for action

Jan 24, 2013 - 11:12 PM

Expect nothing but fireworks when the semifinals of the PFF Smart National Club Championships kicks off this Saturday January 26 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium

FINAL FOUR. Representatives of the remaining four teams at the PFF-Smart Club Championships Press Conference. Photo by Lean Santos.

Fil-Spanish striker Javier Patiño closer to becoming an Azkal

Jan 24, 2013 - 10:59 PM

Filipino Spanish striker Javier Patiño of Spanish second division club Cordoba CF is expected to suit up for the Azkals for the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers

ADDED FIREPOWER. Javier Patiño of Cordoba CF is set to become an Azkal. Photo from Cordoba CF's official Facebook page.

PFF-Smart Championships round 16 wrap up

Jan 16, 2013 - 4:18 PM

The PFF Smart National Club Championships kicked off last Saturday January 12 and provided several lopsided games and a number of intense matches over the weekend

New football tournament gathers the PH's best

Jan 12, 2013 - 2:22 PM

Ten teams represent the National Capital Region two clubs represent Luzon two clubs represent Visayas and two clubs represent Mindanao

PFF releases initial Azkals squad for Suzuki Cup

Oct 25, 2012 - 6:17 PM

Thirty five players have been called up by the Philippine Football Federation for the initial squad of the Philippines for the upcoming 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup a list that includes the Younghusband brothers and goalkeeper Neil Etheridge

Azkals support Balls for Peace

Jul 21, 2012 - 8:51 AM

The Azkals support Balls for Peace a youth program led by the Philippine Marine Corps to promote football among kids in Sulu

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