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James Younghusband joins Ceres in PFL return

Aug 17, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Months after his Davao-based squad folded, James Younghusband heads back to action to reinforce Ceres' bid for a third straight PFL title

VETERAN PRESENCE. James Younghusband aims to impress for two-time PFL champion Ceres-Negros FC. Photo from Ceres Media

Lope Pascual, who led football in tough times, dies at 84

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:15 AM

The genial Air Force colonel helmed Philippine football in the 1970s

Green Archers spoil Mendiola debut in PFL for second straight win

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:42 PM

The Green Archers break a first-half deadlock with 4 goals in the second half

Photo from Shutterstock


PFL: Ceres bounces back; Kaya, Archers scrape late wins

May 30, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Ceres banks on stellar performances from Bienvenido Marañon and Curt Dizon to spoil Air Force's debut

DOMINANT. Curt Dizon fires a brace in Ceres’ shutout win over Philippine Air Force. Photo from PFL Facebook

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

Philippine Premier League folds after opening weekend

May 04, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The country’s top-tier football league reverts to its old name, the Philippines Football League, and plans to resume mid-May

ILL-FATED. Air Force and Mendiola battle into a draw in the short-lived Philippine Premier League.

Broken promises: Why Global Cebu players are unhappy

Dec 28, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Global Cebu players reveal a sad reality in local club football – athletes getting evicted from their homes and living on cup noodles as they remain unpaid for 8 months

SAD REALITY. Milan Nikolic and the rest of the Global Cebu FC players go unpaid during the holidays. Photo from Milan Nikolic's Instagram

Rebranded PFL steps in ‘difficult time’ as Davao Aguilas FC folds

Dec 16, 2018 - 10:15 PM

'It was either witness the decline of Philippine pro football as a distant observer, or start working and do something about it. I chose to do something about it,' says new league commissioner Bernie Sumayao

CRUCIAL. Davao Aguilas FC leaves the Philippines Football League with only 5 teams. Photo from Davao Aguilas

Bernie Sumayao looks to transform Philippine club football

Dec 08, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The Thailand-based Pinoy will take over the top flight of football with plenty of fresh ideas

Barotac’s best: Jovin Bedic proves he’s next in line

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:52 PM

It's no surprise that rising star Jovin Bedic has been tipped to join the ranks of Barotac football heroes Chieffy Caligdong and Ian Araneta

HERO. Jovin Bedic salvages the Azkals' 2018 Suzuki Cup campaign with an equalizer against Thailand. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

PFL Cup final preview: Kaya and Davao are a study in contrasts

Oct 26, 2018 - 8:44 AM

An established power takes on a wealthy upstart in a mouthwatering Copa Paulino Alcantara final

Kim Sung Min and Phil Younghusband are a formidable goalscoring tandem for Davao. Photo by Bob Guerrero.

Ceres-Negros FC ices dominant run with 2nd PFL title

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:07 PM

The Busmen reign anew to earn the right to represent Philippines in the preliminary rounds of the 2019 AFC Champions League

TITLE DEFENSE. Ceres Negros FC is the PFL champion for the second straight time.  Photo by Mark Cristino

Ceres-Negros aims for 2nd PFL title vs Global Cebu

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:18 PM

The Busmen are one point away from the championship

ON THE BRINK. Ceres-Negros' Bienvenido Marañon moves past Global Cebu's Jinggoy Valmayor. Photo by Ceres media

Kaya FC Iloilo: Football comes home

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:14 PM

The PFL club is poised to reenergize the football scene in one of the Philippines' traditional hotbeds

HOMETOWN HERO. Born in Calinog, Iloilo, Kaya FC standout Shirmar Felongco is an inspiration to local kids. Photo by Don Laczi

'No hard feelings' for Thomas Dooley after Azkals sacking

Jun 16, 2018 - 9:01 PM

The former USA team captain, who steered the Philippine football team to a historic Asian Cup berth, ends his coaching stint after 4 years

BRIGHT FUTURE. Thomas Dooley believes the Philippines can be an Asian powerhouse in football. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Thomas Dooley: A retrospective

Jun 15, 2018 - 8:34 PM

The outspoken nature of the former Philippine football coach may have cost him his post, but the American deserves praise for the Azkals' play under his watch

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

What's so unique about PH football? Just ask Soca Loca

May 19, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Malaysian startup aims to spur the growth of Philippine football with a new mobile app

DEVELOP THROUGH TECH. Sayf Ismail (center) advocates the use of technology to grow the predominantly traditional sport of football. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Azkals join defending champ Thailand in tough AFF Suzuki Cup group

May 02, 2018 - 4:28 PM

The Philippine men's football team braces for another grueling campaign in the regional tournament

REDEMPTION. The Azkals look to bring the back the glory of the Philippine Football in the 2018 Suzuki Cup. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Davao Aguilas FC finds solution for grueling home-and-away PFL games

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:13 PM

The pro football club hopes to ease travel issues with Cebu Pacific partnership

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP. Cebu Pacific Air vice president of marketing and distribution Candice Iyog (left) shakes hands with Davao Aguilas FC general manager Michael Shaw. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Massive artificial-grass football pitch to open in Lipa

Apr 12, 2018 - 9:21 PM

Aboitiz has created a unique synthetic-grass football facility in the Outlets in Lipa that can accommodate two games at the same time

Can Marikina become a football mecca?

Mar 07, 2018 - 11:45 AM

JPV's home just might have what it takes to be a magnet for the Beautiful Game.

SPREAD THE WORD. Marikina football evangelist Tetel Siasoco. Photos by Bob Guerrero

Davao Aguilas, Kaya Iloilo frustrate in opening game draw

Mar 04, 2018 - 11:50 PM

James Younghusband falls short of a hat-trick that could've clinched the win for the Davao Aguilas

FRUSTRATION. Davao Aguilas and Kaya Iloilo end game in a 2-2draw. Photo from press release

Stallion, Ceres agree to reschedule opening match

Feb 28, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Both clubs were initially scheduled to play in the PFL opening weekend

Philippines Football League inks new livestreaming deal

Feb 23, 2018 - 11:25 AM

The country's pro football league will now have a new streaming partner in Sportradar

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

Football great Zico impressed by Pinoy's passion for the Beautiful game

Jan 29, 2018 - 4:17 PM

Zico enjoys his action-packed weekend in Manila with up-and-coming football players of the Philippines

LEGEND. Zico came to Manila to spend the weekend with aspiring Filipino footballers. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Ilocos United FC becomes second PFL team to withdraw from league

Jan 18, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Ilocos United is 'cautiously optimistic' it can return to the league in 2019

WITHDRAWING FROM LEAGUE. Ilocos United FC says operations had been 'financially prohibitive' as a result of being unable to attract a new naming sponsor.

Rizal Memorial Football Stadium to host PH's final Asian Cup Qualifier match

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The final Group F home match between the Philippines and Tajikistan will be held on March 27, 2018

VENUE CHANGE. Rizal Memorial will host the match between the Philippines and Tajikistan again. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH football club Meralco Manila ceases operations

Jan 08, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Team leaders including Azkal Curt Dizon, former azkals Simon Greatwich and Daniel Gadia will be seeking new teams as FC Meralco closes down

CEASING OPERATIONS. FC Meralco Manila has folded up after several years as one of the top pro clubs in the Philippines. Photo by Pam Puri/PFL

The 2017 Passionate Fan Pinoy Football Awards

Dec 27, 2017 - 4:05 PM

The past year brought a bumper crop of special football moments

GIRL POWER. La Salle's Sara Castañeda scored perhaps the most important goal in Philippine women's football history, earning her recognition as the PH Player of the Year. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Ceres' PFL title heralds a brave new world for Pinoy club football

Dec 17, 2017 - 7:55 PM

Reflections on the Busmen's title and what lies ahead for the PFL

INAUGURAL. Ceres celebrates their PFL crown. Photo by Stephen Tan and Ceres Negros FC

Ceres overpowers Global 4-1 to win inaugural PFL title

Dec 16, 2017 - 9:57 PM

Iain Ramsay scores a hat trick for Ceres Negros FC to lift them to the league championship

INAUGURAL CHAMPIONS. Ceres Negros FC delivered big time for their hometown fans, cruising to a 4-1 victory to win the league title. Photo from PFL's Facebook page

A closer look as Ceres and Global clash for the PFL title

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:01 PM

This is about more than just the silverware and intra-Visayan bragging rights

SUMMIT SHOWDOWN. Stephan Schrock is back with Ceres as a full-time player while Global looks to avoid losing a second final in the past few weeks. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

PFL holds inaugural finals series in Pana-ad Stadium

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:28 PM

The PFL finalizes the venue of the Global Cebu vs Ceres-Negros finals match

FINALS. Bienvenido Marañon in his second leg match against Kaya. File photo by Ceres Media

Global Cebu FC wants to host PFL finals in Cebu City Sports Complex

Dec 11, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Global makes up for not hosting their home semis match in Cebu by appealing to bring the finals to their home pitch

HOME PITCH. Global Cebu FC will be facing Ceres Negros at home. Photo from Global Cebu FC Facebook

Why Azkals fans shouldn't panic about the losses in Taiwan

Dec 07, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The national team is beaten by Chinese Taipei and Timor Leste – a deep breath is needed

SECOND PLACE. The Azkals absorbed losses but still finished second in the Chinese Taipei Football Association International Tournament . From Azkals Facebook

Finals berth, AFC Cup slot at stake as Sparks and Global clash

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:25 PM

The match on December 9, 7 pm in Rizal Memorial is the second leg of a semi-final encounter between Meralco and Global

CLASH. Spark Connor Tacagni duels for possession with Cebu's Wesley Dos Santos.

Late goals from Global Cebu stun FC Meralco Manila in PFL semis opener

Dec 02, 2017 - 9:21 PM

Top seeded FC Meralco Manila almost took home the win with an away goal until Global Cebu FC scored two home goals late in the match

COME FROM BEHIND. Rufo Sanchez and his team struggled in the first half but team mates Dos Santos and Minegeishi earned the victory for Global Cebu. Photo by Pam Puri/PFL

Mouthwatering PFL Final Four kicks off this weekend

Nov 30, 2017 - 4:27 PM

It's still anyone's title as Ceres, Kaya, Meralco and Global collide in two sizzling matchups

Ashley Flores of Meralco fires a shot past Global's Wesley Dos Santos. Image by Bob Guerrero

A closer look at S+A's plunge into European club football

Nov 23, 2017 - 9:08 PM

ABS-CBN will show Europe's best club football on free TV. Here's why it can help boost Pinoy football.

MEN ON A MISSION. (Left to Right) Azkals manager Dan Palami, PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes, Demeter Corporation's managing director Sorrakit Lathitham, Bernard Sumayao Chairman of Triple CH Holdings, Lazarus Xavier, CEO of the PFL, and Dino Laurena, Head of Integrated Sports in ABS-CBN. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

PFF holds first Football Coaches Conference in Manila

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:13 PM

The conference aims to bring together Filipino football educators and enthusiasts, where the topics will focus on developing football in the Philippines, especially the grassroots program

INAUGURAL. Speakers at the Philippines' first Football Coaches Conference include coaches from here and abroad.

Ceres midfielder Iain Ramsay to join Thai League in 2018

Nov 01, 2017 - 4:07 PM

Iain Ramsay will be gaining more football experience but this time in the Thai League

SET. Iain Ramsay is set for his Thailand move for the 2018 Thai League season. Photo from Instagram @iainramsay_7

PFF inaugurates new artificial football pitch in Carmona

Sep 11, 2017 - 1:54 PM

The field within the San Lazaro Leisure Park will be part of a national training center

FOOTBALL MECCA POTENTIAL. The new pitch is only part of the plans to make the training center in Carmona a footballing hot spot. Photo by Bob Guerrero/ Rappler

PH men's football shows undeniable progress at SEA Games

Aug 25, 2017 - 9:25 PM

The Philippine men s football team had not won a match at the SEA Games since 2011 And before 2017 they had never won two games at one competition

AFC Cup: Ceres, boosted by Negrense pride, aims for regional glory

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:42 PM

A city in thrall to its powerhouse team hopes for success against Istiklol of Tajikistan

Philippine national team rosters released as SEAG football kicks off

Aug 15, 2017 - 9:22 AM

Final Philippine Football team rosters have been announced for SEAG 2017

NATIONAL DUTY. Ateneo's Jarvy Gayoso will represent the Philippines at the 2017 SEA Games. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Ceres not pleased with ‘dangerous’ field after loss to Global Cebu

Jul 06, 2017 - 10:09 AM

I think even the Global players are embarrassed to play on a field like this says Ceres captain Martin Steuble

PITCH IM-PERFECT. Global-Cebu pulled off a 1-0 victory over Ceres-Negros, but the post-match emphasis was on how the visiting team felt the pitch was inadequate and uneven. Photo by Nimrod Quinones/CFA

Global Cebu FC to play first home game vs Ceres-Negros

Jul 04, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Global Cebu FC is hoping Cebuanos support will energize them in their first home game against Ceres Negros FC

HOME GAME IN CEBU. Global head coach Marjo Allado and goalkeeper Patrick Deyto will play their first home game in Cebu. Photo by PJ Estan

China PR hammers Azkals 8-1 in international friendly

Jun 07, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The Azkals head to their next AFC Asian Cup qualifying match licking their wounds from a sound thrashing

LONE GOAL. Misagh Bahadoran, seen during the 2014 Suzuki Cup, scored the Azkals' only goal but left the match with an injury. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP