At long last, football will finally resume on Philippine soil.
The Philippines Football League, sponsored by Qatar Airways, announced the arrangement of matches for its 2020 season, which shall all be played at the PFF National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite.
This year’s competition starts on October 25 and end on November 6. There will be three matches each per day, for a total of 15 games to be played throughout the tournament. As aligned with international standards, each team can make five substitutions during a match. The team with the highest points at the end of the tourney will be crowned as champions.
The six clubs set to participate this season are the Azkals Development Team, Mendiola Football Club, Stallion Laguna Football Club, Kaya-Iloilo Football Club, Maharlika Manila Football Club, and United City Football Club.
All teams, league officials, and essential staff are going to stay in the Seda Hotel at Santa Rosa, Laguna, for the duration of the campaign.
Everyone will be subjected to two RT-PCR tests. Two negative results are required to fully participate.
Schedule of Matches:
October 25 (Matchday 1):
9:00 AM – Azkals Development Team vs Mendiola Football Club
4:30 PM – Stallion Laguna vs Kaya
8:00 PM – Maharlika Manila vs United City
October 28 (Matchday 2):
9:00 AM – Stallion Laguna vs Maharlika Manila
4:30 PM – Mendiola Football Club vs United City
8:00 PM – Kaya vs Azkals Development Team
October 31 (Matchday 3):
9:00 AM – United City vs Azkals Development Team
4:30 PM – Mendiola Football Club vs Stallion Laguna
8:00 PM – Kaya vs Maharlika Manila
November 3 (Matchday 4):
9:00 AM – Kaya vs Mendiola Football Club
4:30 PM – Maharlika Manila vs Azkals Development Team
8:00 PM – United City vs Stallion Laguna
November 6 (Matchday 5):
9:00 AM – Stallion Laguna vs Azkals Development Team
4:30 PM – Maharlika Manila vs Mendiola Football Club
8:00 PM – United City vs Kaya
The fact that the league is returning amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is an achievement in itself.
This endeavor will also go a long way in reviving football in the country, which has taken a backseat with everything that has been going on.