The Philippine Football Federation is conducting a series of briefing beginning in Metro Manila about the start of the Philippines Football League in early 2017. A minimum of six (6) participating clubs from different regions of the country is envisioned.
PFF has issued today the PFF Club Licensing Regulations which will be the reference of clubs who wish to be qualified as a possible participant in the league.
The league will be played in a home-and-away, double round-robin format. An exciting modification is the Finals Series which comes after the round-robin. The top four teams go into a play-off series to determine the champion.
The decision to start the national league in 2017 is supported by the PFF National League Task Force led by PFF president Mariano Araneta and general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes after evaluating the results of the nationwide market research conducted in 2015. Interestingly, the Nielsen research has identified key cities with excellent potential to serve as club homebase. These are Manila, Makati, Quezon City, Marikina, Sta. Maria or Bocaue, Pampanga, Laguna in Luzon; Bacolod, Cebu and Iloilo in Visayas; and Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga City in Mindanao.
PFF briefed the UFL clubs on 06 September 2016 at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas. Subsequently, there will be similar briefings in Cebu City and Davao City at such dates to be soon announced.
PFF Media. 06 September 2016.