2012–13 PFF National Men's Club Championship

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2013 PFF National Men's Club Championship
Country Philippines
DatesJanuary 9 – February 2, 2013
Teams16 (Finals)
Matches played16
Goals scored50 (3.13 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)PhilippinesChieffy Caligdong
Best playerSouth Korea Byeong Yun-joon

The 2012–13 PFF National Men's Club Championship (also known as 2012–13 PFF–Smart National Club Championship) was the 2nd season of the PFF National Men's Club Championship, a Filipino association football competition organized by the Philippine Football Federation.

Global Teknika were the defending champions.[1]

On February 2, 2013, Ceres defeated PSG with a 1–0 scoreline to win the title.

Competition format[edit]

Similar to the previous tournament, the Smart National Club championships this year had cluster and regional eliminations outside of Manila and the quarterfinal matches were hosted in the provinces. There were two clusters for Luzon, one for Visayas, four for Mindanao and one for the National Capital Region. After the cluster eliminations, there was a Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao eliminations, where the top two teams advanced to the quarterfinal round along with the top 10 teams that were participating in the UFL Cup. There was another drawing of lots for the quarterfinal round and if a provincial team faced a UFL club, that game will be hosted by the provincial football associations. The Provincial Football Association (PFA) teams who made the quarterfinal round was given a transfer window to allow teams to add or drop eight players for their 25-man squad. This was done to help boost the provincial teams.[2]

Teams played in a single round-robin format with the top teams advancing to the regional eliminations. Top two teams from each group advanced to the Round of 16, the start of the knockout stage, wherein they were joined by the top 10 UFL teams. In the Round of 16, qualified teams were divided into two groups. The top 8 UFL teams comprised the first group and the remaining two UFL teams joined the six regional qualifiers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in the second group. Only two matches were played in Manila as the rest were played in the provinces. If a provincial team drew a UFL team, the match will be played in their turf. The top eight teams from the Round of 16 advanced to the quarterfinals, top four to the semifinals and top two to the finals.[3]

Top two teams in Mindanao joined top two (2) teams of Luzon, top two (2) teams from Visayas and top ten (10) United Football League teams for the round of 16 which started on 12 January 2012.[4] The tournament will also serve as a qualifying process of teams which have plans to join the country’s premier football league – the United Football League (UFL).[5]

Qualifying Round[edit]

Member Associations (MA) of the Philippine Football Federation organized their own tournaments as part of Provincial Qualifying Rounds to determine their representatives to the Group Stages.

National Capital Region Cluster[edit]

Top ten teams of the 2012 UFL Cup from National Capital Region F.A. moved to the knockout stages.[6]

1 Competing as a guest club in the UFL; General Trias International FC is a member of Cavite Football Association.
2 Competing as a Division 1 club in the UFL; Stallion is a member of Iloilo Football Association.

Luzon Cluster[edit]

North, Central and South Luzon cluster eliminations were held in La Trinidad, Benguet on October 17, 2012.[7]

  • Baguio United FC represents Baguio City Football Association[8]
  • Football Association of Tarlac
  • Flame United FC represents Cavite Football Association
  • LB United FC represents Laguna Football Association
  • San Beda FC represents Football Association of Rizal
  • Adriatico FC represents Oriental Mindoro Football Association

Southeast Luzon cluster eliminations were held in Naga City[7]

  • Camarines Norte Football Association
  • Legaspi City-Albay Federated Football Association
  • Federated Football Association of Masbate
  • ABC Stars FC represents Naga City-Camarines Sur Football Association[9]
  • Quezon Football Association
  • University of Batangas FC represents Football Association of Batangas

Visayas Cluster[edit]

Visayas region with its lone cluster held its regional elimination in San Carlos City.[10]

Iloilo Football Association and Negros Oriental Football Association withdrew participation later on.[13]

Ceres and Cebu Queen City United qualified for the knockout stages.[14]

Mindanao Cluster[edit]

Mindanao hosted the most number of cluster elimination rounds, taking place in Malaybalay on 17 October 2012 while South Cotabato and Dipolog City commenced thereafter. Davao City commenced their qualification matches earlier, on October 3, 2012. These were participated by 16 football associations in the Mindanao region.[7]

North Mindanao cluster was held in Malaybalay City.

  • Malaybalay United FC represents Bukidnon Football Association
  • Cuartel FC represents Butuan-Agusan del Norte Football Association
  • Montecarlo FC represents Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental Football Association
  • Advocates FC represents Iligan-Lanao del Norte Football Association
  • Surigao City FC represents Surigao del Norte Football Association

Central Mindanao cluster was held in South Cotabato.

  • Maguindanao-Cotabato City Football Association
  • M'lang FC represents North Cotabato Football Association
  • Real Marbel FC represents Football Association of South Cotabato
  • Sultan Kudarat Football Association

South Mindanao cluster was held in Davao City.

West Mindanao cluster was held in Dipolog City.

Regional Championships[edit]

Games were played in single round-robin format where winners and runners-up advanced to the next round.

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advance to the knock out stage

All times are Philippine Standard Time (PST) – UTC+8.

All-Luzon Championship[edit]

Luzon will stage their regional eliminations in Laguna.[7] Winners and runners-up from both Luzon clusters will advance to the All-Luzon Championship and will compete in single-round robin format.

  • Flame United FC of Cavite Football Association, winner of North, Central and South Luzon cluster eliminations[16]
  • Baguio United FC of Baguio Football Association, runner-up of North, Central and South Luzon cluster eliminations[17]
  • Federated Football Association of Masbate[18]
  • ABC Stars FC of Naga City-Camarines Sur Football Association[18]
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flame United FC 3 3 0 0 19 4 +15 9
Baguio United FC 3 2 0 1 10 6 +4 6
FFA of Masbate 2 0 0 2 4 9 −5 0
ABC Stars FC 2 0 0 2 3 17 −14 0
Baguio United FC5 – 2ABC Stars FC
Flame United FC5 – 2FFA of Masbate
Flame United FC2 – 1Baguio United FC
ABC Stars FCvFFA of Masbate
Flame United FC12 – 1ABC Stars FC
Baguio United FC4 – 2FFA of Masbate

3 No data.

All-Mindanao Championship[edit]

Mindanao will stage their regional eliminations in Davao City.[7] Winners from the four Mindanao clusters will advance to the All-Mindanao Championship and will compete in single-round robin format.

  • Advocates FC of Iligan-Lanao del Norte Football Association, winner of North Mindanao cluster eliminations[19]
  • Hooligans FC of Davao Football Association, winner of South Mindanao cluster eliminations.[15]
  • M’Lang FC, winner of Central Mindanao qualifiers[20]
  • Ramgarjal FC of Zamboanga del Norte-Dipolog Football Association, winner of Western Mindanao qualifiers[20]

Advocates FC back out at the last minute, leaving three clubs in the regional eliminations.[21]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Romgarjal FC 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 7
M’Lang FC 3 2 0 1 7 5 +2 6
Hooligans FC 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
Advocates FC 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0
Advocates FC0 – 3Romgarjal FC
Tionko Field, Qiumpo Boulevard, Davao City
M'Lang FC3 – 1Hooligans FC
Tionko Field, Qiumpo Boulevard, Davao City
Romgarjal FC4 – 1M'Lang FC
Tionko Field, Qiumpo Boulevard, Davao City
Hooligans FC3 – 0Advocates FC
Tionko Field, Qiumpo Boulevard, Davao City
Romgarjal FC1 – 1Hooligans FC
Tionko Field, Quimpo Boulevard, Davao City
Advocates FC0 – 3M'Lang FC
Tionko Field, Quimpo Boulevard, Davao City

Knockout stage[edit]

The draw for the qualified teams from regional qualifiers was made at the Philippine Football Federation headquarters on 7 December 2012.[22] Knock-out stages was held starting January 19, 2013.

Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
January 13 - Bacolod
January 19 - Manila
January 13 - Manila
January 26 - Manila
Manila Nomads1
January 9 - Koronadal
M'lang FC0
January 19 - Manila
January 12 - Manila
Flame United FC0
February 2 - Manila
January 12 - Cebu City
Cebu Queen City United1
January 20 - Manila
Pachanga Diliman3
Pachanga Diliman0
January 12 - Dapitan
Green Archers United (a.e.t.)1
Romgarjal FC1
January 26 - Manila
Green Archers United6
Green Archers United2 (1)
January 13 - Manila
PSG (p)2 (2) Third place
January 20 - ManilaFebruary 2 - Manila
Philippine Army1
PSG (a.e.t.)1Kaya2
January 12 - La Trinidad
General Trias International0 Green Archers United0
Baguio United FC1
General Trias International3

Round of 16[edit]

All times are Philippine Standard Time (PST) – UTC+8.[23]



Third place[edit]


Top goalscorers[edit]

Top Goal Scorers starting Round of 16.

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Philippines Chieffy Caligdong Green Archers United 4
2 Philippines Matthew Hartmann Loyola 3
3 Philippines Nate Burkey Kaya 2
Philippines Chris Greatwich Kaya 2
Philippines Mark Hartmann Loyola 2
Philippines Tating Pasilan Green Archers United 2
Philippines Jovanie Simpron Green Archers United 2
South Korea Byeong Yun Joon Ceres 2
Philippines Phil Younghusband Loyola 2

Correct as of 21:00, February 2, 2013


The following were the competition’s top individual awardees.[24]


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  14. ^ Geli, Cheska D. (November 26, 2012). "Bacolod beats Cebu". Sun Star Cebu. Retrieved 2012-12-07. Although both teams are already assured of the two seats in the round of 16, both played to win as it revived a classic rivalry between these Visayan teams. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
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  16. ^ Cavite Football Association Facebook Group Page (October 21, 2012). "Cavite Football Association". Retrieved 2013-05-13. La Trinidad, Benguet - CAFA's Flame Utd Cherifer FC was declared North Luzon Cluster Champions of the 2012 PFF Smart National Club Championship with its easy 4 - 1 win against the tough playing Elbi United FC of Laguna FA. Flame Utd advances to Luzon Regional Elimination together with 2nd Best Baguio United of Baguio City FA to be held in Los Banos, Laguna.
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  21. ^ Saberon-Abalayan, Marianne L. (November 23, 2012). "Advocates FC quits, Romgarjal triumphs". Retrieved 2012-11-24. Advocates FC, which was supposed to represent Lanao del Norte Football Association-Northern Mindanao, backed out at the last minute.
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  24. ^ Sacamos, Karlo (2 February 2013). "Provincial side Ceres puts storybook ending to dream run with 1-0 final win over PSG". SPIN.ph. Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 3 February 2013.