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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.

PFF National Men's Club Championship
PFF National Club Championship logo.png
Organising bodyPhilippine Football Federation
Founded2011
Folded2015
Country Philippines
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Number of teams8 (last edition)
International cup(s)AFC President's Cup (2014)
AFC Cup (2015 & 2016)
Last championsLoyola
Most championshipsCeres (2)

HistoryEdit

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[citation needed]

SeasonsEdit

Cup Winners and Runners-upEdit

List of finalsEdit

Key
  Match was won during extra time
* Match was won on a penalty shoot-out
& Match was won on aggregate over two legs
List of PFF National Men's Club Championship finals
Season Winners Score Runners-up Venue
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

Performances in the PFF National Men's Club Championship by club
Club Titles Runners-up Seasons won Seasons runner-up
Ceres 2 0 2012–13, 2013–14
Global 1 2 2011 2013–14, 2014–15
Loyola 1 0 2014–15
PSG 0 1 2012–13
San Beda 0 1 2011

NotesEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Olivares, Rick (1 March 2011). "National open football tilt back after five-year hiatus". BusinessMirror. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  2. ^ "PFF, Smart to form Philippine football league". GMA News. 31 January 2011. Archived from the original on 21 November 2019. Retrieved 2 November 2011.

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