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PFF set to launch PFL in 2017

A new football tournament that will feature clubs representing cities in a home-and-away format will be launched as scheduled in 2017.

To be known as the Philippine Football league, the tournament will be the football version of the defunct basketball league MBA.

Officials of the Philippine Football Federation, headed by Nonong Araneta and general secretary Edwin Gastanes, met Tuesday the top officials of the United Football League (UFL) clubs in Manila to discuss the details of the PFL.

Gastanes said they decided to name the new league as PFL based on the results of a national market survey commissioned by the PFF.

The survey also listed the top cities that can be viable hosts to the PFL games including Manila, Makati, Quezon City, Marikina, Bocaue, Angeles, Biñan, Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, Cagayan De Oro, and Zamboanga.

But while these areas are the priorities in terms of staging home games for the PFL, Gastanes said it does not mean that a club may not nominate another city as its home base.

Gastanes implied that small market cities can put up a PFL club as long as they comply to the PFF Club Licensure Regulations that were released on Tuesday.

The PFL, which hopes to bring in at least six teams in its inaugural staging, will have a similar format to that of the A-League and the Major League Soccer in the US.

Clubs will be playing in a double-round-robin regular season format.

The top four teams of the regular season will then play in the playoffs, called the "finals series", where the league champion will be crowned.

Two more technical meetings are scheduled in Cebu and Davao. *PNA


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