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Philippine Football Federation

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) is the governing body of association football in the Philippines. Established as the Philippine Amateur Football Association (PAFA) in 1907, the PFF is one of the oldest national football associations in Asia and is among the founding members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The PAFA reorganized as the Philippine Football Association (PFA), and later as the Philippine Football Federation.

Philippine Football Federation
Logo of Philippine Football Federation.svg
Founded1907; 112 years ago (1907)
HeadquartersPasig, Metro Manila
FIFA affiliation1930
AFC affiliation1954
AFF affiliation1984
PresidentMariano Araneta
Vice-PresidentJoselito Piñol

Aside from being a member of the AFC, the PFF is also a member of the ASEAN Football Federation. It is recognized as the national sports association (NSA) for the sport of football in the Philippines by Philippine Olympic Committee.

It organizes the Philippines men's, women's and youth national football teams (as well as national teams for the football variants of futsal and beach soccer). It is also responsible for the organization of domestic football tournaments in the Philippines such as Philippines Football League and the Copa Paulino Alcantara through the Liga Futbol Inc., and the PFF Women's League.


Early historyEdit

The football body's origins dates back to 1907 when it was established as the Philippine Amateur Football Association (PAFA). It was among the twelve founding Asian football associations of the Asian Football Confederation.

In 1917, the first Spanish and Filipino footballer to play for a European club, Paulino Alcántara Riestra, was selected by the Philippines to represent the country at the Far Eastern Championship Games in Tokyo. He helped them defeat Japan 15–2, which remains the largest win in Philippine international football history.

In 1961, stakeholders of Philippine football officially organized themselves to establish the Philippine Football Association (PFA) which was later reorganized as the Philippine Football Federation in 1982.[1]

Adad eraEdit

On October 1996, Rene Adad was installed as PFF president after a snap election which ousted his predecessor, Ricardo Tan.[2] In 2002, the PFF inaugurated its first regional center in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.[3]

Martinez eraEdit

The PFF under the Presidency of Jose Mari Martinez saw crises which challenged his leadership as well as the national teams.

Under Martinez, the PFF also had a new headquarters, the PFF House of Football which was inaugurated by then FIFA President Sepp Blatter and AFC President bin Hammam on 2008.[4] in Barangay Oranbo, Pasig. The PFF moved to the building after occupying the PhilSports Complex as its headquarters for decades.[5]

In 2009, a crisis affected the Philippine women's national futsal which resulted to the ouster of women's futsal coach Emmanuel Batungbacal and long-time men's national football coach Juan Cutillas. Batungbacal was sacked allegedly leading the futsal team in a tournament without sanction from the PFF. Batungbacal said that he had sanction and he claimed Martinez ignored to make a dialogue with him on the matter. The players who played under Batungbacal resigned from international duty as protests. Martinez said that a lack of suitable coaching license was the reason to Batungbacal's dismissal.[6]

On 27 November 2010 at the PFF 7th Ordinary Congress at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig, Martinez was ousted by 25 Presidents out of the 29 present member associations to approve a resolution made by 8 members of the Board of Governors calling for the ousting and replacement of Martinez as PFF president. Martinez was dismissed due to allegedly falsifying public documents and misusing funds. Mariano Araneta was named Interim President.[7]

Araneta eraEdit

After serving as Interim President for about a year after Martinez's ouster in 2010, Araneta was elected as President on 26 November 2011 at a PFF congress held at the Astoria Plaza in Pasig.[8]

In 14 October 2016 at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Pasig, the Online PFF Player Registration System was launched following a contract signing between the PFF, MMC Sportz Marketing and RSportz. The initiative by the PFF is among the first in Southeast Asia. The registration system will create a database of Filipino players which will be accessible to organizers of PFF-sanctioned tournaments. The registration system was planned to be online by November 2016.[9]

In November 2016, Araneta announced that the PFF will move its headquarters to Carmona, Cavite in 2017 where an artificial football pitch is due to be finished within the month. The new location will also house a dormitory, a natural grass pitch and corporate offices.[5]

The PFF's registration system dubbed "My PFF" was officially launched on June 2017 and will be embedded in PFF's website in 3 July 2017 to be more accessible for registrants.[10]

A financial issue with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) was resolved on September 14, 2018 when the PFF remitted ₱4.8 million amount of unliquidated financial assistance from the government agency. The scope of the financial aid covers the administrations of the PFF from past 1996 to 2010.[11]

The PFF was given the right to hold AFC ‘A’ and AFC ‘B’ Diploma Courses in the Philippines by the Asian Football Confederation starting 2019.[12]


Member associationsEdit

There are 33 member associations under the PFF.[13]

  • Agusan del Sur – Surigao del Sur RFA
  • Bukidnon FA
  • Butuan – Agusan del Norte FA
  • Central Bicol RFA
  • Central Luzon RFA
  • Central Visayas R.F.A.
  • Cordillera RFA
  • Davao R.F.A.
  • East Visayas R.F.A.
  • Federated F.A. of Masbate
  • FA of Rizal
  • Golden Davao RFA
  • Iligan – Lanao del Norte – Lanao del Sur RFA
  • Iloilo FA
  • Laguna – Cavite RFA
  • Legazpi City – Albay Federated RFA
  • Maguindanao – Cotabato City FA
  • Misamis Occidental – Ozamiz FA
  • Misamis Oriental Camiguin – Gingoog El Salvador Cagayan de Oro RFA
  • Mount Apo RFA
  • National Capital Region F.A.
  • Negros Occidental F.A.
  • Negros Oriental – Siquijor RFA
  • North Davao RFA
  • Oriental Mindoro FA
  • Pagadian – Zamboanga del Sur – Sibugay RFA
  • Quezon – Batangas RFA
  • RFA of Camarines Norte
  • South Cotabato – Sarangani – Gen. Santos City RFA (SOCSARGEN RFA)
  • Sultan Kudarat RFA
  • Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands RFA
  • Zamboanga – Basilan – Sulu – Tawi-tawi FA (ZAMBASULTA FA)
  • Zamboanga del Norte – Dipolog RFA


Mariano Araneta is the President of the PFF since 2010.
List of Presidents
Name Term Ref.
Start End
Manuel Tinio [14]
Francisco Elizalde [14]
Ramon Farolan [14]
Henri Kahn [14]
Lope Pascual ? 1995 [14]
Honesto Isleta (acting) 1995 1996 [14][15][16]
Ricardo Tan 1996 [14][17]
Rene Adad 1996 2004 [2][14][18]
Johnny Romualdez 2004 2008
Jose Mari Martinez 2008 2010 [7]
Mariano Araneta 2010 incumbent [8]


Current national team head coachesEdit


The PFF was given the AFC President Recognition Award for Grassroots Football in the Developing Category in 2014[21] and in 2016.[22]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Philippine Football Federation". Philippine Olympic Committee. Philippine Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b Atencio, Peter (8 October 1986). "Things perking up for local football". Manila Standard. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  3. ^ Henson, Joaquin (11 July 2002). "Soccer a Sleeping Giant in RP". Manila: Philippine Star.
  4. ^ "Blatter champions football in Philippine". FIFA. 4 August 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b Olivares, Rick (3 November 2016). "PFF set to move to new HQ in Cavite". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Crisis hits RP women's futsal team, PFF". ABS-CBN News. 10 March 2009. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  7. ^ a b Olivares, Rick (29 November 2010). "PFF Congress boots out Mari Martinez". Bleachers Brew. Business Mirror. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  8. ^ a b Terrado, Jonas (28 November 2011). "Araneta re-elected". Tempo. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  9. ^ "PFF Launches Online Player Registration System". Philippine Football Federation. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Philippine Football Federation goes 'live' with 'MY PFF'". ABS-CBN Sports. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Philippine Football Federation clears accounts with PSC". Philippine Star. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  12. ^ "PFF Christmas Message 2018". Philippine Football Federation. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Member Associations". Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h Henson, Joaquin (3 April 2004). "PFF sets tone for soccer revival". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  15. ^ Atencio, Peter (24 November 1996). "The fall of football's Pascual". Manila Standard. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Carlsberg 6-A soccerfest at Nomads". 16 November 1996. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  17. ^ Atencio, Peter (25 November 1996). "Cano Tans takes over rein of RP football". Manila Standard. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  18. ^ Dee, Ignacio (24 April 2015). "Adad, who kept football alive, dies at 86". Rappler. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  19. ^ "PH U16 girls football team hopes to bounce back against Taiwan". Rappler. 6 October 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  20. ^ "National U14 Girls Team". Philippine Football Federation. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  21. ^ Reyes, Jaelle Nevin (13 November 2016). "PFF nominated for AFC grassroots award". Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  22. ^ Kumar, Ashwani (2 December 2016). "Asia's best: Omar Abdulrahman". Abu Dhabi: Khaleej Times. Retrieved 2 December 2016.

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