The Philippine Football Federation held the 14th PFF Ordinary Congress last Saturday 16 December at the L’Fisher hotel in Bacolod City.
PFF president Mariano V. Araneta Jr. opened the Congress highlighting the massive gains the PFF achieved during the year, most notably, the launch of the Philippines Football League, the qualification of the Philippine Women’s National Team to the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 and the progress of the Philippine Men’s National Team in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers which will play their final qualifying match on 27 March 2018 against Tajikistan, the silver medal finish of the Philippine Girls Under-15 National Team, and the four other National Youth Teams that saw competition in the international level.
Among the key events that occurred during the past year are the election of Araneta to the FIFA Council, and the Inauguration of the FIFA-funded Football Turf Field in Carmona, Cavite.
“There were a lot of activities for this past year,” said Araneta. “I thank all Member Associations for their cooperation and hopefully next year will be another busy year for all of us.”
The Congress also approved the proposed PFF budget for 2018 of P167 million. The budget will cover all of the federation’s activities in among others, technical initiatives, grassroots development, national teams, and also the construction of the new PFF House of Football and floodlights for the PFF National Training Centre which will be located in Carmona, Cavite.
Following the PFF Congress, the delegates went to Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium to watch the final match of the Philippines Football League between Ceres Negros FC and Global Cebu FC. Ceres Negros FC won the final, 4-1, to claim the inaugural Philippines Football League title.