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PFL postpones opening to April due to coronavirus crisis

The Philippine Football League, together with the Philippine Football Federation, has announced on Friday that it will be postponing the opening of its 2020 season in light of the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Thursday evening, the government announced that the National Capital Region is being put under “community quarantine”, raising the alert level to code red sub-level 2.

With this, the PFL will move its kick-off from March 21 to a tentative date of April 18, 2020.

“Utmost priority must be accorded to the safety, health, and welfare of the players, coaching staff, match officials, sponsors, and others who are involved in the organization of the matches,” the league’s statement read.

“PFF and PFL encourage all football stakeholders and the general public to be mindful always of the risks posed by COVID-19, observe the recommendations on how to avoid the virus, be safe and healthy during these times, and to help the nation combat the spread of COVID-19.”

The 2020 season of the league will feature six teams — namely Ceres-Negros, Global-Makati, Kaya-Iloilo, Mendiola 1991, Stallion Laguna, and Azkals Development Team FC.

The 2020 season is backed by Qatar Airways.

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