MANILA – Some of the prominent teams in the United Football League (UFL) are moving to the newly formed Philippine Football League (PFL), which will be launched in 2017, Panay News has learned.
Some of the team already struck a deal with some cities.
Among those transferring to the new league are reigning UFL titlist Global Football Club-Cebu, Ceres Football Club-Davao, Loyola Meralco Sparks Football Club-Taguig, and Stallion Football Club-Laguna.
“These teams already expressed intent to join the PFL,” a PFL official said. “Two more teams from Negros Occidental and Cagayan de Oro also want to join us. They still have until Dec. 31 to join.”
The PFL is now the country’s professional football league and will serve as the qualifier for all international competitions. In its first season, it plans to have six teams playing for eight months.
While the UFL holds matches solely at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium here, the PFL is heading to cities and provinces.
For its inaugural season the PFL will have only one division — playing in a home-and-away, double-round robin format, with the top four teams advancing to the semifinals and, later, the finals.
Each team is required to have 25 players at the least and 30 at the most, including three goalkeepers, four foreign players (3+1 player from the Asian Football Confederation), and at least three youth players./PN