UFL promises exciting season for football fans

The United Football League promises exciting new developments for football as it opens the eagerly awaited 2014-15 UFL season.

United Football League star James
Younghusband (7) who plays for the Loyola-
Meralco Sparks, dribbles past Pasargad
defender Jean Claude Delos Reyes. The UFL
will adjust its calendar to make sure that UFL
stars like Younghusband, who are the best
football players in the country, are readily
available to join the Azkals national team for
international competitions.
With officers and members of the Football Alliance in attendance the major policies and direction of the league were hammered out according to UFL General Manager Rely San Agustin.

“There will be close coordination with the Philippine Football Federation to make sure we are aware of the Men’s National Team schedule, ensuring conflicts no longer become an issue,” said San Agustin.

The UFL promises all out support for the national team which ultimately benefits football in the country.

The Philippines recently missed winning a third consecutive Peace Cup crown when it placed second behind Myanmar in the annual local pocket tournament. Because of the loss the Azkals dropped six spots in the September world rankings.

Based on the latest football world rankings the Philippines is 134th in the world but remains the number one country in Southeast Asia. Vietnam is second with a world ranking of 142. Myanmar, which climbed 17 spots, is third at 143. Singapore is in fourth spot (world no. 149).

Other SEA countries are: Malaysia at no. 5 (world no. 154), Indonesia (156), Thailand (158), Laos (169), Brunei (190), Timor-Leste (193), and Cambodia (199). Based on the rankings the Philippines will be one of the favorites to dominate the AFF Suzuki Cup to be held November.

The UFL will adjust its calendar to make sure that its players, who are the best in the country, are available for international competitions

“We’ve also taken the first steps to align our league schedule with other ASEAN countries, a major move to professionalize the UFL. We’re also going to run the UFL Cup and League simultaneously in 2015, an endeavor which has never been done in the country before,” said San Agustin.

The UFL executive said there are thrilling new developments for the nation’s premiere football league which should serve as exciting news for the growing legion of football fans in the country.

Among the plans in the works is an all-star event to showcase the growing number of UFL stars both local, foreign and Fil-foreign coming from abroad. The league also wants to bring the competition closer to its fans by holding games in the provinces.

“A lot of new activities have been planned to help promote the UFL. One major highlight this coming season is the UFL All-Star Weekend which is set for May, 2015. The possibility of staging the first provincial game in the Visayas region is also in the works,” said San Agustin.

The UFL opened its 2014-2015 season with the first ever FA League Cup, the season’s first tournament is scheduled to kick off Saturday, September 20.

Fourteen participating clubs were separated into two groups of seven. The top four teams will advance to the quarterfinals. Separate draws will take place before the quarterfinals and semifinals to determine which clubs will face off.

“The FA League Cup kicks off the season. We have 14 clubs participating and this will be the first time that we will be implementing an FA League Cup draw starting from the group stages all the way to the Semifinals,” said San Agustin.

Filipino football fans can look forward to an exciting UFL season as the league is poised for a breakout year where football gains mainstream acceptance and becomes ingrained in the public’s consciousness.

“Overall, this promises to be an exciting season as all our plans are geared towards solidifying the UFL as the country’s premier league,” said San Agustin.

Caption: Officers and members of the Football Alliance, the governing body of the United Football League, promise exciting new developments for football ahead of the eagerly awaited opening of the 2014-15 UFL season.

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