2017 Philippines Football League

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Philippines Football League
Season 2017
Dates 6 May – 28 November 2017
(Regular season)
2 – 16 December 2017
(Finals series)[1]
Champions Ceres–Negros
AFC Champions League Ceres–Negros
AFC Cup Global Cebu
Matches played 118
Goals scored 376 (3.19 per match)
Top goalscorer Spain Bienvenido Marañón
(22 goals)
Biggest home win Ceres–Negros 7–0 Ilocos United
(8 July 2017)
Biggest away win Meralco Manila 0–7 Ceres–Negros
(15 July 2017)
Highest scoring JPV Marikina 6–3 Davao Aguilas
(21 November 2017)
Longest winning run Meralco Manila (6 May – 17 June)
JPV Marikina (31 May – 25 June)
Kaya FC–Makati (5 – 23 July)
(5 matches)
Longest unbeaten run Meralco Manila (6 May – 8 July)
(9 matches)
Longest winless run Ilocos United (7 May – 17 September)
(19 matches)
Longest losing run Ilocos United (13 May – 21 June)
Ilocos United (30 Sept – 29 October)
Kaya FC–Makati (28 October – 15 December)
(5 matches)
Highest attendance 5,350
Global Cebu 1–0 Ceres–Negros
(5 July 2017)
Lowest attendance 0 (Behind closed doors)
Meralco Manila 0–0 Ceres–Negros
(24 November 2017)
2018

The 2017 Philippines Football League was the inaugural season of the Philippines Football League (PFL), the professional football league of the Philippines.[2] The league was officially launched on 21 April 2017 at the Shangri-La at the Fort in Taguig while the first match of the season was played on 6 May 2017.[3] The league replaced the United Football League which had its last season in 2016.

Ceres–Negros F.C. won the league's inaugural championship by defeating archrivals Global Cebu F.C. in the Final, 4–1.

Teams[edit]

On 24 November 2016, it was reported that at least five teams will join the inaugural season of the PFL. Bacolod-based Ceres–Negros F.C. reportedly will move to Davao City, and a new club will be formed to represent Bacolod or the Negros Island Region. However at the time of the report, nothing has been confirmed by the club or the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).[4] Ceres later denied reports of stating that they will field a second team supposedly to be based in Davao City.[5]

Ceres, Global, Loyola, Stallion, as well as Kaya were confirmed by the PFF on 29 November 2016 as official clubs for the inaugural 2017 season and is projecting that three other clubs will join.[6] By December 2016, JP Voltes joined the list of confirmed 2017 PFL clubs.[7]

It was reported that a total of ten clubs expressed interest to join the league, eight of which have submitted documents required by the PFF according to PFF General Secretary Ed Gastanes. Green Archers United and a club owned by seaport management firm International Container Terminal Services, were the two clubs which withdrew their bid to participate in the league.[8] By 1 April 2017, the PFF has confirmed the participation of 8 clubs.[9]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

The PFF confirmed the following clubs with their localities and stadiums that will comprise the inaugural season of the PFL.[10]

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
Ceres–Negros Serbia Risto Vidaković Philippines Martin Steuble Germany Puma Ceres
Davao Aguilas Philippines Marlon Maro Philippines Phil Younghusband Philippines LGR San Miguel Corporation
Global Cebu Singapore Akbar Nawas Philippines Misagh Bahadoran Philippines LGR Cebu Tourism Board
Ilocos United Australia Ian Gillan England Adam Mitter Germany Puma Metro Global
Pool World Philippines
Pyramid
JPV Marikina Philippines Dan Padernal Japan Takashi Odawara Philippines LGR JK Mart
BranchForth
Santouka Ramen
Kaya FC–Makati Philippines Noel Marcaida Japan Masanari Omura Philippines LGR LBC
Meralco Manila Philippines Aris Caslib Philippines Simon Greatwich Japan Mizuno Meralco
Stallion Laguna Philippines Ernest Nierras Philippines Ruben Doctora Philippines Nixáre Giligan's Restaurant
Belmont Hotel

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Global Cebu England John Burridge Sacked October 2016 Pre-season Japan Kenichi Yatsuhashi[14] December 2016
Meralco Manila Scotland Simon Mcmenemy End of contract[15] December 2016 Philippines Aris Caslib
Global Cebu Japan Kenichi Yatsuhashi[14] Japan Toshiaki Imai January 2017
Kaya FC–Makati Philippines Chris Greatwich Promoted to Team Manager January 2017 Philippines Noel Marcaida
JPV Marikina Japan Yu Hoshide February 2017 Philippines Dan Padernal April 2017
Global Cebu Japan Toshiaki Imai Resigned May 2017 2nd Philippines Marjo Allado (interim) May 2017[16]
Philippines Marjo Allado End of interim tenure June 2017 3rd Singapore Akbar Nawas June 2017[17]
Davao Aguilas Australia Gary Phillips Sacked[15] September 2017 7th Philippines Marlon Maro September 2017

Foreign players[edit]

A maximum of four foreigners are allowed per club which follows the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) '3+1 rule'; three players of any nationality and a fourth coming from an AFC member nation.

Players name in bold indicates the player was registered during the mid-season transfer window.

Club Players Former Players 1
Ceres–Negros Japan Kota Kawase Spain Bienvenido Marañón Spain Fernando Rodríguez Spain Súper Spain Antonio Bello
Davao Aguilas Serbia Miloš Krstić Papua New Guinea Brad McDonald 2 Australia Harry Sawyer Serbia Marko Trkulja Serbia Nikola Grubješić
Trinidad and Tobago Darren Mitchell

Serbia Bojan Mališić

Global Cebu 3 Japan Yu Hoshide Trinidad and Tobago Darryl Roberts Spain Rufo Sánchez Brazil Wesley Japan Shu Sasaki
Guinea Sekou Sylla
Ilocos United Ivory Coast Arthur Kouassi England Adam Mitter Australia Andrew Pawiak Ghana Baba Sampana Cameroon William Ebanda
Ghana Valentine Kama
JPV Marikina Japan Atsushi Shimono Japan Takashi Odawara Japan Takumi Uesato Japan Masaki Yanagawa
Kaya FC–Makati Senegal Robert Lopez Mendy Ghana Jordan Mintah Japan Masanari Omura Ghana Alfred Osei
Meralco Manila Spain Joaquín Cañas South Korea Lee Jeong-min Australia Tahj Minniecon Serbia Milan Nikolić United States Hunter Harrison
Stallion Laguna South Korea Kim Myungsu South Korea Ko Kyung-Joon Switzerland Gabriele Mascazzini Switzerland Carlo Polli Cameroon Christian Nana
Japan Ryo Tamiya
Japan Ryota Ishikawa
Ivory Coast Roland Sadia
Japan Yusuke Yamagata
  • ^1 Foreign players who left their clubs or were de-registered from playing squad due to medical issues or other matters while the league season was still ongoing.
  • ^2 Also a holder of AFC nationality (Australia)
  • ^3 Global FC also registered other foreigners for the international competitions.
AFC Champions League : Ahamad Azzawi (Iraq), Serge Kaole (Ivory Coast)
AFC Cup : Kemy Agustien (Curaçao), Darryl Roberts (Trinidad and Tobago)
RHB Singapore Cup : Serge Kaole (Ivory Coast), Darryl Roberts (Trinidad and Tobago)
During the mid-season transfer window, Darryl Roberts was added in the PFL team, replacing Sekou Sylla.
Foreign players by confederation
AFC  Japan (11),  South Korea (3),  Australia4 (4)
CAF  Ghana (4)  Cameroon (2),  Ivory Coast (2),  Guinea (1),  Senegal (1)
CONCACAF  Trinidad and Tobago (2),  United States (1)
CONMEBOL  Brazil (1)
OFC  Papua New Guinea4 (1)
UEFA  Spain (6),  Serbia (5),   Switzerland (2),  England (1)
  • ^4 Brad McDonald has both Australia and Papua New Guinea FIFA nationality.

Regular season[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Meralco Manila 28 17 7 4 43 33 +10 58 Qualification to Finals series
2 Ceres–Negros 28 17 6 5 76 27 +49 57
3 Kaya FC–Makati 28 14 5 9 52 35 +17 47
4 Global Cebu 28 13 8 7 47 37 +10 47
5 Stallion Laguna 28 9 8 11 39 49 −10 35
6 JPV Marikina 28 9 6 13 42 48 −6 33
7 Davao Aguilas 28 4 10 14 35 56 −21 22
8 Ilocos United 28 1 6 21 24 73 −49 9
Source: Philippines Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal Difference; 3) Goals Scored


Positions by round[edit]

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Finals Series
Ceres–Negros 3 4 4 3 2 2 3 3 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1st
Global Cebu 2 3 2 3 3 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 2nd
Meralco Manila 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 3rd
Kaya FC–Makati 3 2 3 2 4 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4th
Stallion Laguna 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5
JPV Marikina 7 5 5 5 5 3 2 2 3 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6
Davao Aguilas 3 6 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Ilocos United 3 7 6 6 8 8 8 8 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

Source: Philippines Football League

Final series

Results by round[edit]

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 SF1 SF2 BF3 Final
Ceres–Negros D W L W W W L W W W W L W D W W W D W L W W W D D W D L W W W
Davao Aguilas D L L L D D D L L D L L D L L D L D W W L D L L W L W D
Global Cebu W D W L W L W D W W D D W W L D L D W D L W L W W D L W W D L
Ilocos United D L L L L L D L L D L L L L D L L L L W L L L L L D D L
JPV Marikina L W L W W W W W L L L L D W D D L W L L L D L L D W L D
Kaya FC–Makati D W L W W L L D W W W W W D L L D D W L W W W L W W L L L L L
Meralco Manila W W W W W D D W W L D W L W W W W D D W L D W W W L W D L D W
Stallion Laguna L D L L D D L L L L D W W W D L W W W W L D D L W D L W

Source: Philippines Football League

Results[edit]

The eight clubs will play each other four times for twenty eight matches each during the regular season.

^1 Match abandoned at halftime due to deteriorating pitch condition by way of adverse weather. As per PFL rules, final score for matches abandoned at halftime and the second half would be the score of the game just prior to abandonment.[18] ^2 Match deemed a forfeiture due to home stadium unavailability. Kaya awarded a 0–3 win
^3 Match deemed a forfeiture due to ambulances supposed to be on the venue got involved in an accident. Davao awarded a 0–3 win. Forfeiture affirmed on Nov. 22[19]
^4 Match deemed a forfeiture due to Ilocos' non-compliance with the league's franchise agreement. Meralco awarded a 0-3 win.[20]
^5 Match abandoned in the 78rd minute due to "poor visibility". Game ended in 2–2 draw.[21]

Finals series[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Semi-finals Final
                         
  1 Meralco Manila 1 1 2  
  4 Global Cebu 2 1 3    
      4 Global Cebu 1
      2 Ceres Negros 4
  2 Ceres Negros 1 2 3    
  3 Kaya FC–Makati 0 1 1   Third place
 
  1 Meralco Manila 3
  3 Kaya FC–Makati 1

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg[edit]

Second leg[edit]

Meralco Manila 1–1 Global Cebu
Dizon Goal 2' Sanchez Goal 83'

Global Cebu won 3–2 on aggregate.

Ceres–Negros 2–1 Kaya FC–Makati
Marañón Goal 30'
Ramsay Goal 73'
Ugarte Goal 43'

Ceres–Negros won 3–1 on aggregate.

Third place[edit]

Meralco Manila 3–1 Kaya FC–Makati
Cañas Goal 3'
Dizon Goal 15'23'
Bedic Goal 58'

Final[edit]

Ceres–Negros 4–1 Global Cebu
Marañón Goal 4'
Ramsay Goal 19'27'60'
Roberts Goal 88'

Season team rankings[edit]

As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Ceres–Negros 31 20 6 5 83 29 +54 66 Qualification for the
AFC Champions League Preliminary Round 1
or AFC Cup Group Stage
2 Global Cebu 31 14 9 8 51 43 +8 51 Qualification for the
AFC Cup Group Stage
3 Meralco Manila 31 18 7 6 47 37 +10 61 Possible qualification for the
AFC Cup Group Stage[a]
4 Kaya FC–Makati 31 14 5 12 54 41 +13 47
5 Stallion Laguna 28 9 8 11 39 49 −10 35 Did not qualify for Final Series
6 JPV Marikina 28 9 6 13 42 48 −6 33
7 Davao Aguilas 28 4 10 14 35 56 −21 22
8 Ilocos United 28 1 6 21 24 73 −49 9
  1. ^ If the PFL Champion qualifies for AFC Champions League Group Stage

Season statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals
1 Spain Bienvenido Marañón Ceres–Negros 22
2 Spain Fernando Rodríguez Ceres–Negros 21
3 Ghana Jordan Mintah Kaya FC–Makati 18
4 Japan Takumi Uesato JPV Marikina 16
5 Philippines Jesus Melliza Stallion Laguna 13
6 Australia Harry Sawyer Davao Aguilas 10
Philippines Phil Younghusband Davao Aguilas 1
Japan Takashi Odawara JPV Marikina
Philippines Iain Ramsay Ceres–Negros
10 Senegal Robert Lopez Mendy Kaya FC–Makati 9
Philippines James Younghusband Davao Aguilas 1
Spain Rufo Sanchez Global Cebu
Note

1 6 goals were scored for Meralco Manila during the same season.

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player Club Result Against Date
Japan Takumi Uesato JPV Marikina 4–0 (A) Stallion Laguna 31 May 2017
Spain Bienvenido Marañón Ceres–Negros 3–1 (H) Kaya FC–Makati 24 June 2017
Spain Fernando Rodríguez Ceres–Negros 5–1 (H) Stallion Laguna 28 June 2017
Philippines Iain Ramsay Ceres–Negros 7–0 (A) Meralco Manila 15 July 2017
Ghana Jordan Mintah Kaya FC–Makati 5–2 (H) Ilocos United 19 July 2017
Japan Takumi Uesato4 JPV Marikina 5–2 (H) Global Cebu 13 August 2017
Philippines Jesus Melliza4 Stallion Laguna 5–0 (H) Ilocos United 10 September 2017
Australia Harry Sawyer Davao Aguilas 4–2 (A) Ilocos United 18 October 2017
Spain Rufo Sánchez Global Cebu 4–3 (H) Stallion Laguna 2 November 2017
Spain Fernando Rodríguez Ceres–Negros 5–1 (H) Davao Aguilas 2 November 2017
Spain Fernando Rodríguez Ceres–Negros 6–0 (H) Meralco Manila 5 November 2017
Japan Takumi Uesato JPV Marikina 6–3 (H) Davao Aguilas 21 November 2017
Philippines Iain Ramsay Ceres–Negros 4–1 (H) Global Cebu 16 December 2017
Note

(H) – Home ; (A) – Away

4 Player scored four goals

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank Goalkeeper Team Clean sheets
1 Philippines Roland Müller Ceres–Negros 9
2 Philippines Benito Rosalia Stallion Laguna 7
Philippines Florencio Badelic Jr. Meralco Manila
Philippines Patrick Deyto Global Cebu
5 Philippines Ref Cuaresma Kaya FC-Makati 6
6 Serbia Marko Trkulja Davao Aguilas 4
Philippines Nathanael Villanueva Meralco Manila
8 Philippines Nelson Gasic JPV Marikina 3
9 Philippines Zach Banzon Kaya FC–Makati 2
Philippines Louie Casas Ceres-Negros

Discipline[edit]

Club[edit]

  • Most red cards : 5
    • Kaya FC–Makati
    • JPV Marikina
  • Least red cards : 1
    • Ilocos United
    • Stallion Laguna
    • Global Cebu

Individual red cards[edit]

Rank Player Team Red cards
1 Philippines Jason Cordova Davao Aguilas 2
Philippines Miguel Tanton Kaya FC–Makati
Serbia Milan Nikolić Meralco Manila
4 Philippines Adam Reed Kaya FC–Makati 1
Philippines Jalsor Soriano Kaya FC–Makati
Philippines Nicholas Ferrer Stallion Laguna
Ghana Jordan Mintah Kaya FC–Makati
Guinea Sekou Sylla Global Cebu
Philippines Roland Müller Ceres–Negros
Philippines Daniel Gadia Meralco Manila
Japan Takumi Uesato JPV Marikina
Philippines Ali Mahmoud JPV Marikina
Philippines Jeffrey Christiaens Ceres–Negros
Philippines Peter Fadrigalan JPV Marikina
Philippines Robert Cañedo JPV Marikina
Philippines John Celiz JPV Marikina
Philippines OJ Porteria Ceres–Negros
Philippines John Kanayama Ilocos United
Philippines David Fornea Meralco Manila

Additionally, players may be suspended for more than a single match due to violations of the PFF Disciplinary Code. The Disciplinary Committee on November 7, 2017 imposed match suspensions and fines to players due to misconduct towards officials and/or other players.[24]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ The University of San Carlos Stadium was initially the designated home ground of Global Cebu as per the PFF.[10] However the venue still to be completed. The club had played at the Rizal Memorial Stadium for its home games prior to July 2017. They played their first match at their home locality on July 5, 2017 in their home game against Ceres–Negros at the Cebu City Sports Complex which was being rehabilitated by the Cebu Football Association since May 2017.[11]
  2. ^ The home stadium of the club is located in Bantay, Ilocos Sur, a nearby town of Vigan. For administrative and marketing purposes the home city of Ilocos United is designated as "Vigan"
  3. ^ Because of the ongoing works in the Marikina Sports Complex, the team played its home league games at either the Biñan Football Stadium in Biñan, or the Rizal Memorial Stadium. In essence, they were groundsharing with Stallion Laguna F.C. and Meralco Manila.[12]
  4. ^ Meralco Manila's league home match against Ceres Negros on November 24, 2017 was held at the PFF National Training Centre in Carmona, Cavite due to the NCAA collegiate league reserving Rizal Memorial Stadium as the venue for its NCAA Season 93 football competition opening day.[13]
  5. ^ The game is considered as a Home Game for Global Cebu. Game will be played in RMS due to unavailability of Global's home stadium, the Cebu City Sports Complex.[22]

References

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  24. ^ "1st LFI Disciplinary Committee Meeting on 07 November 2017" (PDF). Philippines Football League. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 

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