2011 PFF National Men's Club Championship
|Runners-up||San Beda FC|
The 2011 PFF National Men's Club Championship (known as the PFF–Smart Men's Club Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the 1st season of a Filipino association football competition organized by the Philippine Football Federation and sponsored by mobile phone and Internet service provider Smart Communications. It revives a national tournament discontinued since 2006. The last nationwide competition was a National Men’s Open Tournament held in Bacolod under the presidency of Juan Miguel Romualdez. Plans were conceived for a similar national competition under Romualdez's successor Jose Mari Martinez but did not push through for a variety of reasons.
- 1 Competition format
- 2 Qualifying Round
- 3 Regional Championship
- 4 Quarterfinals
- 5 Knockout Stage
- 6 References
Member Associations (MA) of the Philippine Football Federation organize their own tournaments as part of Provincial Qualifying Rounds on March 2011 to determine their representatives to the Group Stages. The Cluter Qualifying Rounds was held in a single-round robin competition from April 1–16, 2011. Each MA is only allowed one club as a representative. Clubs from the Visayas region (Cebu, Iloilo, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental) and the National Capital Region competed in the Regional Qualifying Rounds while waiting for the winners of the Luzon and Mindanao clusters. Top four teams from the Luzon Cluster Qualifying Round and the top team from each of the Mindanao group clusters will advance to All-Luzon and All-Mindanao Championship. The top two clubs from NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will advance to the finals which was played in Cagayan de Oro and Bacolod from August 9–13, 2011. The four teams that emerged from the group stage Quarterfinals were Teknika and Pachanga of National Capital Region F.A., San Beda of Football Association of Rizal, and Stallion of Iloilo Football Association. Crossover Semifinals were held on August 16–17, 2011 while the home-and-away finals was held on August 21 and 22, 2011. The Semifinals and the Finals were held at Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Regional qualifying rounds were conducted in single round robin tournament. The single-round robin competition took place from April 1–16 when football associations contested in the Cluster Qualifying Rounds where one club represented each Member Association. Clubs were allowed up to five foreign players but only four can play on the field at any given time.
National Capital Region Cluster
First and second best teams for National Capital Region Cluster earn a bye for the quarterfinals group stage. Teknika1 and Pachanga qualified for the quarterfinals group stage. At least 10 clubs from Metro Manila took part in the qualifiers.
North, Central and South Luzon Cluster
- San Beda FC of Football Association of Rizal
- Baguio United FC, champions of 1st Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan Football Cup, represented Baguio City Football Association.
- Laguna Football Association
- Quezon Football Association
- Football Association of Tarlac
Southeast Luzon Cluster
- ABC Stars FC represented Naga City-Camarines Sur Football Association
- Football Association of Masbate
- Camarines Norte Football Association
- Legaspi City-Albay Federated Football Association
- Oriental Mindoro Football Association
First and second best teams for Visayas Cluster earn a bye for the quarterfinals group stage.
- Stallion FC of Iloilo Football Association
- Laos FC of Leyte Football Association
- Cebu Football Association
- Negros Occidental Football Association
- DCCCO FC, winner of 1st Silliman Cup, represented Negros Oriental FA.
Mindanao was split into four sub-clusters: North, South, Central and West Mindanao Cluster.
North Mindanao Cluster
- Ba-o Breakers FC represented Iligan – Lanao del Norte Football Association
- Montecarlo FC
- Diego Silang FC
- Bukidnon Football Association
- Surigao del Norte Football Association
South Mindanao Cluster
- Medvil FC
- PNP FC
- Compostela Valley Football Association
- Agusan del Sur Football Association
- Columbia FC, winner of Ebocci-Davao Premier League, represented Davao Football Association.
Central Mindanao Cluster
- Real Marbel FC represented Football Association of South Cotabato
- Maguindanao-Cotabato City Football Association
- North Cotabato Football Association
- Sultan Kudarat Football Association
West Mindanao Cluster
- Bric-A-Brac FC represented Zamboanga del Sur - Pagadian Football Association
- Alia FC
- Stonefield FC
- DMC FC
|San Beda FC||3||3||0||0||34||1||+33||9|
|Baguio United FC||3||2||0||1||4||6||−2||6|
|ABC Stars FC||3||0||0||3||1||22||−21||0|
11 May 2011
|ABC Stars FC||0 – 16||San Beda FC|
11 May 2011
|Baguio United FC||1 – 0||Masbate FC|
12 May 2011
|Masbate FC||1 – 12||San Beda FC|
12 May 2011
|Baguio United FC||3 – 0||ABC Stars FC|
13 May 2011
|San Beda FC||6 – 0||Baguio United FC|
13 May 2011
|Masbate FC||3 – 1||ABC Stars FC|
|Ba-o Breakers FC||3||2||1||0||7||4||+3||7|
|Real Marbel FC||3||1||1||1||4||7||−3||4|
4 May 2011
|Ba-o Breakers FC||5 – 3||Columbia FC|
4 May 2011
|Real Marbel FC||3 – 1||Bric-A-Brac FC|
5 May 2011
|Columbia FC||5 – 0||Real Marbel FC|
5 May 2011
|Ba-o Breakers FC||1 – 0||Bric-A-Brac FC|
6 May 2011
|Ba-o Breakers FC||1 – 1||Real Marbel FC|
6 May 2011
|Columbia FC||7 – 0||Bric-A-Brac FC|
Group A was held in Pelaez Sports Complex, Cagayan de Oro hosted by Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental Football Association (CMOFA). Group A participants were Bao Breakers FC of Iligan, Laos FC of Leyte, San Beda FC of Rizal, and Teknika FC. Group B was held in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo. Group B participants were Stallions FC, Columbia FC of Davao, Pachanga FC of NCR and Baguio United. The group stage matches were held from August 9–13, 2011.
|San Beda FC||3||2||1||0||9||2||+7||7|
|Ba-o Breakers FC||3||0||0||3||0||24||−24||0|
|Baguio United FC||3||0||0||3||4||22||−18||0|
|San Beda FC||0||2||2|
|San Beda FC||2|
15 August 2011
|Stallion||1 – 2||San Beda FC|
|R. Doctora 62'||Melendres 16'
17 August 2011
|Teknika||2 – 0||Pachanga|
I. Elhabbib 86'
20 August 2011
|Teknika||3 – 0||San Beda FC|
|I. Elhabbib 27', 76', 86'|
22 August 2011
|Teknika||0 – 2||San Beda FC|
|P. Younghusband 13'
J. Younghusband 71'
Teknika wins 3–2 on aggregate
- Rick Olivares (March 1, 2011). "National open football tilt back after five-year hiatus". BusinessMirror. Retrieved 2011-10-31. "The national men’s open football tournament returns after a five-year hiatus via the Smart National Clubs Championship which gets under way this month with the provincial qualifying rounds. “This revives a national tournament that we have not had in a while,” Philippine Football Federation (PFF) competitions department head Cyril Dofitas told the BusinessMirror. Bacolod City hosted the last national tournament five years ago."
- "San Beda prevails but Teknika claims PFF-Smart crown". Philippine Star. August 24, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-31. "Rizal-Smart San Beda pulled out all stops to beat Teknika FC, 2-0, but fell short of wresting the first PFF-Smart Club championship in front of an animated crowd at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium Monday night."
- Olivares, Rick (March 1, 2011). "PFF hosts first national club championship in five years". Retrieved 2012-06-20.