Football in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Football in the Philippines


Philippines Football League launches 3rd season with 7 teams

May 24, 2019 - 9:10 PM

The 7 participating clubs vow to continue the rise of Philippine football

REGROUP. The Philippines Football League relaunches the national top-tier tourney with its 3rd season. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

2018 MILO-FCB exposes young Filipinos to international football

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:55 PM

MILO-FCB Road to Barcelona Philippine delegation applies learnings in a friendly match against Fundacion Marcet Football Academy

ONCE-IN-A-LIFTIME. Jelena Soon and Tristan Ybanez of the Philippine delegation carry the flag in the pitch. Photo from Milo press release

Hoops-mad Philippines finally catches case of World Cup fever

Jul 10, 2018 - 12:16 PM

New Azkals head coach Terry Butcher eyes World Cup dream after the 2019 Asian Cup

FOOTBALL IS HERE. Football growth in the Philippines is also proven by the country's greater interest in the World Cup. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

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

PH to host international friendly match with Fiji

Feb 21, 2018 - 12:07 PM

This will be the second time the Azkals will play against a team from the Oceania Football Confederation

TUNE-UP. The friendly serves a tune-up game for the Azkals' AFC Asian Cup Qualifier match against Tajikistan. Photo from the PFF

2018 PFL Season set to begin March 3

Jan 31, 2018 - 7:54 PM

Six clubs will be competing in the second season of the Philippines Football League

Azkals to brandish big guns for home games versus Malaysia and Nepal

Mar 18, 2017 - 1:14 PM

Stars Neil Etheridge and Javi Patiño are coming for these two games yet some issues remain

TRAINING. Misagh Bahadoran trains with his teammates and assistant coach Chieffy Caligdong. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

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

Azkals draw Indonesia 2-2: thoughts on a thrilling shared point

Nov 23, 2016 - 11:55 AM

The Philippines hopes of an AFF Suzuki semifinal appearance take a hit with another draw But there is still hope

THRILLING DRAW. Misagh Bahadoran (pictured in blue) and Phil Younghusband find the back of the net for the Philippines as the Azkals earned a second straight draw. Photo by Stringer/AFP

Azkals, Singapore settle for scoreless draw in Suzuki Cup opener

Nov 19, 2016 - 10:12 PM

The Philippine national football team welcomed the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup in Manila with a nil nil draw against Singapore

The UFL era in Philippine football may have come to an end

Oct 25, 2016 - 5:27 PM

It s making way for the Philippines National League but the UFL can be proud of what it s achieved

John Celiz of JP Voltes (in red stripes), battles for possession with Ceres La Salle's Marwin Angeles in what could be the final UFL game. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Azkals, sans Schröck, Reichelt, and Rota, take on Kyrgyzstan

Aug 31, 2016 - 6:35 PM

The men s national football team guns for ranking points in an away friendly versus the world s 105th ranked team

GETTING READY. Phil Younghusband would like to add to his total of 42 international goals on Tuesday. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

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

Football: The 2016 UFL League is heating up

Jul 13, 2016 - 12:51 AM

Despite challenges the Philippines top football league offers plenty of excitement near its season s midpoint

Yu Hoshide (green, center), leads JP Voltes in a shock upset against Loyola last Sunday. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Why we should care about the fate of Nomads Sports Club

Jun 21, 2016 - 8:24 PM

One of the country s oldest sports clubs is on the verge of losing its land in Merville It will be a sad day for Philippine sports

NOMADS. A view of the pitch at the Nomads Sports Club. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

AFC Cup: Ceres, Kaya crash Round-of-16 party in style

May 11, 2016 - 8:57 PM

Postmatch thoughts as Ceres routs Sheikh Jamal and Kaya guts out a goalless draw to attain yet another milestone for Philippine football

VICTORY BUS. Ceres FC ended its group stage run in style. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

UFL Cup Final preview: Fitness a factor in Global-Ceres showdown

Apr 14, 2016 - 11:13 PM

Global and Ceres meet in a showdown of UFL giants with a playoff spot for a berth in the 2017 AFC Cup at stake

GLOBAL DOMINATION. Daisuke Sato's Global team squares off against Martin Steuble's Ceres squad for silverware on Saturday. Image by Bob Guerrero

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

Filipino-Austrian David Alaba picked as world's best football left-back

Dec 31, 2015 - 5:40 PM

The Austrian player has a Filipino mother and Nigerian father

Pilipinas Cup shows limitations and promise of PH youth football

Nov 02, 2015 - 1:34 PM

The future of Pinoy football was on display in Nuvali last week There is reason to hope but much work needs to be done

I, Pagasa, in black and green, play the Indonesia U13 team in red. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Thailand overtakes Singapore in SEA Games overall standings

Jun 14, 2015 - 2:05 AM

Thailand pushed ahead of host nation Singapore on Saturday amassing a total of 78 gold medals to Singapore s 74 ahead of the highly anticipated football final

Thailand's Phumichantuk Rungrat celebrates a goal score during the football semifinal match against Indonesia. Photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

Security tight for PH-Singapore SEA Games football match

Jun 01, 2015 - 10:18 PM

Police closed down some of the roads surrounding the 6 800 capacity facility prior to the Philippines vs Singapore football match

Othman Sheikh Abdul Hadi of Singapore celebrates after scoring the 1-0 goal against the Philippines. Screenshot from YouTube

Football brings hope to kids from conflict areas

Apr 17, 2015 - 7:07 PM

Kids from Basilan Sulu and Zamboanga to play football in Manila for Football for Peace

How football teaches kids from conflict areas to dream

Apr 14, 2015 - 8:44 PM

While football is their main avenue for inculcating good values to the children FootballForPeace founder Lt Col Stephen Cabanlet says making the kids good football players is only a secondary goal

FIRST TIME. Children from Sulu arrive in Villamor Airbase to participate in the Football for Peace tournament. Photo by Adrian Portugal/ Rappler

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

Football for Peace receives Quill Award for communication

Mar 12, 2015 - 4:49 PM

The Philippine Marine Corps facilitates the program in conflict areas to give hope to the youth

Present to receive the award during the 13th Philippine Quill Awards awarding ceremonies held March 9, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria were (R-L) One Meralco Foundation’s Jeffrey Tarayao, President and Grace Noche, Program/Event Coordintor with Football For Peace Movement’s, Lt Col Stephen L. Cabanlet PN, Philippine Marine Corps, and Rookie Nagtalon. Photo from Grace Noche of One Meralco Foundation

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

Facing revolt, Azkals coach Dooley takes aim at Schrock, Etheridge, Cagara

Aug 08, 2014 - 1:51 PM

Azkals coach Thomas Dooley didn t hold back in his criticism of Azkal players Neil Etheridge Stephan Schrock and Dennis Cagara

Coach Thomas Dooley had harsh words for Azkals Stephan Schrock, Neil Etheridge and Dennis Cagara at Thursday's press conference. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Feeding the hungry through sports

May 28, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Can the Philippines use its love for basketball to fund food banks?

SPORTS FOR FOOD. Footy for Food, a non-profit and volunteer-ran organization, supplies and funds food banks through sports. Can the Philippines adopt the same initiative? Screengrab from Footy for Food's video

UFL: Late goal propels Team Socceroo over Pasargad

Jan 30, 2014 - 11:18 PM

Team Socceroo notched its first win of the League thanks to a late goal against Pasargad FC while Army GTI beat Pachanga 2 0 to get their second win

CLUTCH WIN. Socceroo's Jeong Woo Lee in action against Pasargad. Photo by Mark Cristino

Schrock rocks as Azkals keep Peace Cup title

Oct 15, 2013 - 8:58 PM

The Philippines beat Pakistan 3 1 to retain the Peace Cup title

MAN OF THE MATCH. Schrock shone bright anew. File photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda.

Upstart Malditas annihilate Iran

May 22, 2013 - 12:18 AM

The Philippine Malditas annihilated Iran 6 0 in the 2014 AFC Women s Asian Cup qualifying tournament

Azkals battle revenge-seeking Myanmar in friendly

Feb 05, 2013 - 12:24 PM

Hoping to build on the momentum of a successful 2012 the Philippine national men s football team battles Myanmar on Wednesday February 6 to jumpstart their 2013 campaign

Ayala transforms race track into Broadway, football hub

Jan 11, 2013 - 2:52 PM

Ayala Land launches Circuit Makati a P20 billion project that will transform the former Sta Ana race track into a new entertainment district

HIGHLIGHTS: Azkals vs Singapore: Suzuki Cup Semis 2012 Leg 2

Dec 12, 2012 - 7:33 PM

Rappler live blogs the second leg of the Suzuki Cup semi finals between the Philippines and Singapore The winner will advance to the finals

BEST CHANCE. Paul Mulders came very close to scoring the winning goal for the Azkals with this free kick. Photo by Franz Lopez

[LIVE BLOG] Azkals vs Singapore: Suzuki Cup Semis 2012

Dec 08, 2012 - 7:35 PM

Rappler live blogs the historic Suzuki Cup semi finals match between the Philippines and Singapore at the Rizal Memorial Stadium the first game on home soil in the country s history

Azkals defeat Vietnam in teeth-clenching victory

Nov 27, 2012 - 8:25 PM

The Philippine men s football team won their crucial match against Vietnam 1 0 thanks to an 85th minute goal by substitute Chieffy Caligdong

The Azkals phenomenon and the 2012 Suzuki Cup

Nov 22, 2012 - 8:52 PM

Azkals Denis Wolf Demitrius Omphroy Chris Greatwich and Robert Gier talk to Rappler about their expectations for the Suzuki Cup why they re confident and how the fans help them perform

UFL Cup groups drawn

Sep 28, 2012 - 8:34 PM

The stage is set for the group stage of the UFL Cup which is set to kick off Tuesday October 2 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium will be televised on primetime

'Football for Peace' extends to Cotabato, Maguindanao

Aug 31, 2012 - 9:07 PM

The peace via football campaign starts in Cotabato and Maguindanao on Saturday September 1