PFF National Men's Club Championship
The Philippine Football Federation National Men's Club Championship was an annual football competition organized by the Philippine Football Federation and contested by Filipino clubs. It lasted for four seasons from 2011 to 2014–15. It was sponsored by mobile phone and Internet service provider Smart Communications and was therefore known as the PFF–Smart National Men's Club Championship.
|Organising body||Philippine Football Federation|
|Number of teams||8 (last edition)|
|International cup(s)||AFC President's Cup (2014) |
AFC Cup (2015 & 2016)
|Most championships||Ceres (2)|
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) had not been able to organize a national tournament since 2007, when they staged the PFF Centennial Men's Open Championship. However, the semi-final finish of the Philippine national team in the 2010 AFF Championship increased the sport's popularity in the country. In January 2011, Smart Communications approached the PFF with an offer to finance a new domestic football competition. The proposed partnership was set to last 10 years, with Smart releasing ₱80 million in funds with the aim of providing more playing opportunities for skilled football players, and the eventual creation of a national league.
Newly installed Philippine Football Federation president Mariano V. Araneta subsequently approved the proposal. In March 2011, the new tournament commenced under the name PFF–Smart Men's Club Championship.
Cup Winners and Runners-upEdit
List of finalsEdit
|Match was won during extra time|
|*||Match was won on a penalty shoot-out|
|&||Match was won on aggregate over two legs|
|2011||Global||3–2&[A]||San Beda||Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila|
|2012–13||Ceres||1–0||PSG||Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila|
|2013–14||Ceres||3–1&[B]||Global||Panaad Stadium, Bacolod|
|2014–15||Loyola||2–0||Global||Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila|
Results by clubEdit
|Club||Titles||Runners-up||Seasons won||Seasons runner-up|
A. ^ Global won the first leg 3–0, and San Beda won the second meeting 2–0.
B. ^ Ceres won the first leg 2–1 and the second leg 1–0.
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