United Football League Cup

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This article is about Philippine cup competition. For Philippine football league, see United Football League (Philippines).
United Football League Cup
United football cup logo.jpg
Founded 2009; 5 years ago (2009)
Number of teams 23 (2013)
Current champions Loyola (1st title)
Most successful club(s) Philippine Air Force (2 titles)
Television broadcasters AksyonTV
Website UFL Cup
2013 UFL Cup

The United Football League Cup, commonly known as UFL Cup is a Filipino association football competition. It is played on a multistage format that culminates in a knockout stage (single elimination). Clubs that are eligible to compete for the cup are those who currently play in the United Football League Division 1 and Division 2. Likewise, it is open to all clubs in the Philippines that passed the requirements given by the Football Alliance Group, which organizes the competition.[1][2] The UFL Cup runs from mid-October to mid-December. It provides a chance for all clubs to play each other regardless of their league divisions.

The current holders of the UFL Cup are Loyola, who defeated Pachanga Diliman 3–2 in the 2013 final for their first title.

History[edit]

The UFL Cup was first held on October 2009 where it was known as UFL–LBC Cup, after the name of LBC Express Inc. as its title sponsor and is sanctioned by the National Capital Region Football Association (NCRFA) and the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).[3] The purpose was to determine the distribution of clubs over the Divisions 1 and 2 of United Football League in its inaugural season. Clubs were divided into four groups of four, the top 2 finisher of each group after single round-robin elimination qualified for quarterfinals (for division one) and the bottom 2 battles for Plate Competition (for division two). Philippine Air Force was the inaugural cup champions by defeating Philippine Army 2–1.[4][5]

The 2011 UFL Cup season marks the first live television coverage of a match after AKTV (owned and operated by TV5) inked the historical 5-year multi-million peso deal with the UFL.[6]

Cup Winners And Runners-Up[edit]

Club Champions Years won Runners-up Years lost
Philippine Air Force
2
2011, 2009
1
2010
Global
1
2010
1
2012
Loyola
1
2013
1
2011
Stallion
1
2012
0
Philippine Army
0
1
2009

Top goal scorers by edition[edit]

Year Scorer Club Goals
2009 Philippines Yanti Barsales Philippine Air Force
8
2010 Sudan Izzeldin Elhabbib Global FC
8
2011 Philippines Phil Younghusband Loyola
25
2012 Philippines Phil Younghusband Loyola
10
2013 Philippines Phil Younghusband Loyola
21

Venues[edit]

Primary venues used in the 2012 UFL Cup:

Manila Taguig Makati
Rizal Memorial Football Stadium ASCom Football Field University of Makati Stadium
Capacity: 12,873[7] Capacity: 1,000[8] Capacity: 4,000[9][10]
Rizal Memorial Track and Football Stadium.jpg
Sta. Rosa, Laguna Marikina Parañaque
NUVALI FieldS #1 & #2, Nuvali Marikina Sports Complex Nomads Field
Capacity: N/A Capacity: Capacity: 3,000[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Olivares, Rick (Aug 7, 2011). "UFL Cup to kick off with smashing changes’". Business Mirror (Manila). Retrieved Oct 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ de Guzman, Mikhail (Jul 14, 2011). "Calling All Clubs! The UFL Needs YOU!". Soccer Central Philippines. Retrieved Oct 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Six matches kick off LBC-UFL Cup". The Philippine Star. Oct 17, 2009. Retrieved Oct 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ Schöggl, Hans. "Philippines 2009/10". RSSSF. Retrieved Oct 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Air Force Rider Crowned Champions of Inaugural UFL-LBC Cup". pfsa.cebufa.org. Retrieved Oct 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ Olivares, Rick (Sep 16, 2011). "AKTV, UFL ink historic five-year deal". interaksyon.com (AKTV). Retrieved Dec 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ Leyba, Olmin (21 June 2011). "Rizal can only seat 13,000". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Stadiums in the Philippines". WorldStadiums.com. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "University of Makati Stadium". sports.opera.com. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "University of Makati Stadium". soccerway.com. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 

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