Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Philippine national league in 2007

The Philippine Football Federation has announced it will establish a national league in the next two years. The move is also in line with the Asian Football Confederation’s thrust to help the Philippines and other struggling football nations.

Cebu Football Association president, Jonathan Maximo, attended the PFF board of governor’s meeting last Saturday in Manila, where the PFF announced the plan to establish the elite, national league in 2007.

The PFF plan starts with the provincial football associations which will play as leagues rather than knock-out cups. The champions of the provincial competitions will then face each other in the national league.

“The AFC wants to support the clubs here. They want to give them as many matches as possible, so the FA leagues might be double- or triple-round robin,” Maximo said.

Transfer negotiations will now be done club to club instead of player to coach and negotiations will be limited in the off-season in a semi-professional football environment. “At the start of the competition, each club will only have 25 players and they can not change the line-up until the season ends,” Maximo said. The line-ups will also be forwarded to the AFC.

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