Laos Football Club is a professional Filipino association football club based in Quezon City, Metro Manila. The team is successfully campaigned in the 2017 Weekend Football League, and previously, in the United Football League, the highest level of club football in the Philippines at the time the league was extant.. Inaugural champions of second division competitions in 2009 and the 2015 champions of the same division, Laos FC provides its share to the task of nation building through excellence in sports.[2]

Laos
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Logo used by the club while playing in UFL
Full nameLeyte Association of Organized Sports (LAOS) Football Club[1]
Founded2009; 13 years ago (2009)
ChairmanReynaldo Harvey German
LeagueUnited Football League
201610th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Global as "Laos FC"Edit

The club's roots can be traced back in March 2000 when a group of football enthusiasts from Tacloban organized a weekly football practice as their leisure activity.[3] The group which included Dan Palami and some of his employees at his company played their first weekly football games behind the Quezon City hall, and later moving to the Sunken Garden football field inside the University of the Philippines Diliman.[4] Then they began to participate in minor tournaments around Manila, under the name "Laos F.C." with the name of the team derived from the term "laos" which means "has beens".[3]

Establishment and participation in the UFLEdit

With the renaming of the club to "Global Football Club" in 2009, club owner Dan Palami chose to form a separate team which carried the Laos Football Club name. The team shares its history with Global, and is considered its sister team.

Laos had their first major success in the United Football League (UFL) in the 2015 season, when they won the UFL Division 2 Championship with an unbeaten record. The championship earned them promotion to the first division, allowing them to play in the Philippines' top flight for the first time in their history. But promotion and relegation system was discontinued for the 2016 season which meant that Laos competed in the only division of the 2016 season.

Weekend Football LeagueEdit

After the UFL was disbanded, Laos joined the Elite Division of the Weekend Football League (WFL) for the local league's 2017 season which saw the participation of the second teams of Philippines Football League clubs, and F.C. Meralco Manila, former UFL club, Green Archers United F.C., Manila Tala F.C, and Kaya Elite FC with the latter two having previous WFL participation.[5][6]

Philippines Football LeagueEdit

Laos applied to join the Philippines Football League, intending to debut in the professional league's 2021 season.[7]

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PR 20CC-0644" (PDF). Quezon City Council. p. August 10, 2017.
  2. ^ "About Us". Laos F.C. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b "About Global F.C. (new)". Global Football Club (new website). Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  4. ^ Smit, f Hans; Jamlang, Jing; Dan, Palami (31 October 2013). "What Dan Palami Has Done for Philippine Football". Hans On (Podcast). Season 1. Episode 2 (in English and Filipino). New Media Factory TV. Event occurs at 5:15–6:25. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  5. ^ "FM 360 8: Why the Elite League? Reasons why Manila clubs are going with the Weekend Futbol League". Football Manila 360. 8 July 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  6. ^ Sevilla, Jeremiah (28 July 2017). "Manila Tala, Laos eye breakthrough wins in WFL". Manila Times. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  7. ^ Suyu, Ian (11 February 2021). "2 teams to join PFL". Daily Tribune. Retrieved 12 February 2021.