The Philippine Football Federation (PFF), in cooperation with the Regional Football Associations (RFA), kicked off the Regional Festival of Football (FOF) 2018 last 24-27 January 2019 at the Our Lady of Lourdes College Foundation Grounds in Daet, Camarines Norte.
The Regional FOFs are annual grassroots events held by the PFF in various RFAs to support the youth national team coaches in scouting and selecting potential and promising footballing talents from the Under-12 and Under-14 for Boys and Under-13 and Under-15 for Girls Teams.
A total of 8 areas will host the Regional FOFs this year namely: Camarines Norte, Bukidnon, North Cotabato, Cordillera, Lanao del Norte, Negros Occidental, Davao del Norte, and Laguna.
PFF Head of Youth Development Reiji Hirata and PFF Grassroots Development Officer David Javellana, along with select Philippine youth national team coaches will visit the various Regional FOFs
“The players (in the FOF) were very motivated, and have a winning mentality. They have potential ahead of them,” said Hirata on his assessment of the first FOF. “The players have to follow their dreams which are like the vitamin of life.”
The first Regional FOF in Camarines Norte last 24-27 January 2019 saw teams from the RFA of Camarines Norte, Legazpi City – Albay Federated FA, Federated FA of Masbate, and Central Bicol RFA compete with each other.
“The Regional FOFs are part of the PFF’s programme to continue grasssroots and youth football promotion with the active participation of the RFAs and the local coaches,” said PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes.
The Regional FOFs is supported by the Japan Football Association (JFA) and the MVP Sports Foundation.
|24-27 January 2019||RFA of Camarines Norte||Our Lady of Lourdes College Foundation Grounds, Daet, Camarines Norte|
|21-24 February 2019||Bukidnon FA||First Fruits Compound, Valencia City, Bukidnon|
|28 February - 3 March 2019||Mount Apo RFA||Midsayap Pilot Elementary School, Midsayap, Cotabato|
|28 February - 3 March 2019||Cordillera RFA||Benguet State University, La Trinidad, Benguet|
|7-10 March 2019||Zamboanga del Norte-Dipolog RFA||TBD|
|7-10 March 2019||Negros Occidental RFA||San Carlos City, Negros Occidental|
|14-17 March 2019||North Davao RFA||Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex, Tagum City, Davao del Norte|
|21-24 March 2019||Laguna-Cavite RFA||TBD|