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first_imgLATEST STORIES He added that the new league would strive to bolster the game’s experience for the fans. After all, “it’s the fans [who] will bring football to greater heights.”Eleven teams have signified interest in joining, including PFL Champion Ceres Negros, Copa Paulino Alcantara holders Kaya-Iloilo, Stallion Laguna and Green Archers United Globe.“Of course, without a league, football will not flourish in the Philippines,” said Philippine Football Federation president Nonong Araneta.“Players look forward to play in the premier league of the country. And there’s only one league in the country and that will be the PPL,” he added.“It’s about time we should do something in our country to be at least be on par—if not surpass—what’s happening around the region. This is the vision that the PPL has,” said Sumayao, who has been credited for the success of Thailand’s domestic league.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine professional football is set to get a new lease on life when the Philippine Premier League (PPL) gets going later this March.“It’s a rebirth,” said PPL commissioner Bernard Sumayao during the league’s official launch at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati on Wednesday. The league will replace Philippine Football League (PFL), which ran for two years.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “We’re basically a reboot of the PFL. But we are a new entity and a new management. Our agenda is to be able to reach the same level as what we see around us today—that means the other leagues around the region. That is truly the goal of the PPL,” he said.Tournament director Richard Gannaban said the PPL was targeting eight clubs for its initial year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We will be playing a triple round robin for the league and we will be retaining the format of Copa Alcantara,” he said.Gannaban also noted that the adoption of Copa was for compliance to the Asian Football Confederation regulations. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Broner failed to seize the momentcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The league showrunner added that he looks to follow the models that have brought success in neighboring regions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ View commentslast_img

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