2018 Philippines Football League

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Philippines Football League
Season2018
Dates3 March 2018 – 25 August 2018
ChampionsCeres–Negros
2nd title
AFC Champions LeagueCeres–Negros
Matches played75
Goals scored280 (3.73 per match)
Top goalscorerRobert Lopez Mendy
(18 goals)
Biggest home winCeres–Negros 7–1 Global Cebu
(21 July)
Kaya–Iloilo 6–0 Global Cebu
(11 August)
Biggest away winGlobal Cebu 1–11 JPV Marikina
(1 August)
Highest scoringGlobal Cebu 1–11 JPV Marikina
(1 August)
Longest winning runCeres–Negros (4 April – 12 May)
(5 matches)
Longest unbeaten runCeres–Negros (23 May – 20 June)
Stallion Laguna (14 July – 25 Aug)
(8 matches)
Longest winless runGlobal Cebu (27 May – 25 Aug)
(17 matches)
Longest losing runGlobal Cebu (21 July – 25 Aug)
(11 matches)
Highest attendance4,681
Ceres–Negros 2–1 Kaya-Iloilo
(4 April)
Lowest attendance0 (Behind closed doors)
JPV Marikina 1–4 Ceres–Negros
(28 April)
2017
All statistics correct as of 30 August 2018.

The 2018 Philippines Football League was the second season of the Philippines Football League (PFL), the professional football league of the Philippines. Ceres–Negros were the defending champions after beating Global Cebu in the Final.

The 2018 season started on 3 March 2018[1] and ended on 25 August 2018.[2] The final series of the previous season was discontinued due to the introduction of the Copa Paulino Alcantara which was played after league.[1]

Ceres–Negros won their second title on 25 July 2018 by winning over Global Cebu 6–1 with three matches to spare.[3]

Teams[edit]

The eight clubs which participated in the inaugural season were granted license to partake in the 2018 season by November 2017.[4] However, on 8 January 2018, FC Meralco Manila ceased operations in the senior club level[5] and on 18 January Ilocos United F.C. announced their withdrawal from the league leaving only 6 teams for the 2018 season.

Stadiums and locations[edit]

On 6 February 2018, Kaya F.C. transferred from Makati to Iloilo.[6]

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
Ceres–Negros Serbia Risto Vidaković Philippines Martin Steuble Germany Adidas Ceres
Davao Aguilas Philippines Melchor Anzures Philippines Phil Younghusband San Miguel Corporation
Tapa King
Global Cebu Serbia Dragutin Stević-Ranković Trinidad and Tobago Darryl Roberts Philippines LGR TrackMate
JPV Marikina Philippines Dan Padernal Japan Atsushi Shimono Philippines LGR JK Mart
BranchForth
Santouka Ramen
Kaya FC–Iloilo Philippines Noel Marcaida Philippines Miguel Tanton Philippines LGR LBC
Fitness First
Stallion Laguna Philippines Ernest Nierras Philippines Ruben Doctora Philippines Nixáre Giligan's Restaurant

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Global Cebu Singapore Akbar Nawas End of Contract 11 January 2018[8] Pre-season Philippines Marjo Allado (interim) 11 January 2018
Davao Aguilas Philippines Marlon Maro Resigned 29 May 2018[9] 3rd Philippines Melchor Anzures 29 May 2018[9]
Global Cebu Philippines Marjo Allado (interim) Resigned 4 August 2018[10] 6th Serbia Stević Ranković 18 August 2018[11]

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 Spain Toni Doblas[12] Spain Bienvenido Marañón[13] Australia Blake Powell Spain Súper[13] Japan Takumi Uesato
Davao Aguilas Brazil Diego Oliveiro Alves[14] Brazil Wesley dos Santos[15] Papua New Guinea Brad McDonald 2 3 South Korea Kim Sungmin[16] Japan Takashi Odawara[16]
Australia Harry Sawyer
Global Cebu South Korea Lee Jeong-min[16] Trinidad and Tobago Darryl Roberts[17] Serbia Milan Nikolić[18] England Adam Mitter[18] Spain Rufo Sánchez[19]
Brazil Wesley dos Santos[15][20]
JPV Marikina Japan Ryuki Kozawa[21] Japan Keigo Moriyasu[22][21] Japan Atsushi Shimono[21] Japan Tsubasa Suzuki[21]
Kaya–Iloilo Ghana Jordan Mintah[23] Senegal Robert Lopez Mendy[23] Japan Masanari Omura[23] Ghana Alfred Osei
Stallion Laguna Switzerland Carlo Polli South Korea Ko Kyung-joon[24] Senegal Abou Mouhamed Sy N/A Switzerland Gabriele Mascazzini[24]
Japan Ken Kensei[24]
  • ^1 Foreign players who left their clubs or were de-registered from playing squad due to medical issues or other matters.
  • ^2 Also a holder of AFC nationality (Australia)
Foreign players by confederation
AFC  Japan (8),  South Korea (3),  Australia3 (3)
CAF  Ghana (2),  Senegal (2)
CONCACAF  Trinidad and Tobago (1)
CONMEBOL  Brazil (2)
OFC  Papua New Guinea3 (1)
UEFA  Spain (4),   Switzerland (2),  Serbia (1),  England (1)
  • ^3 Brad McDonald has both Australia and Papua New Guinea FIFA nationality.

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Ceres–Negros (C) 25 19 3 3 66 25 +41 60 Qualification for the
AFC Champions League Preliminary Round 1
or AFC Cup Group Stage
2 Kaya–Iloilo 25 15 4 6 58 32 +26 49
3 Davao Aguilas 25 11 6 8 52 39 +13 39
4 Stallion Laguna 25 12 3 10 49 45 +4 36[a]
5 JPV Marikina 25 7 2 16 46 63 −17 20[b]
6 Global Cebu 25 1 2 22 18 85 −67 5
Source: Philippines Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal Difference; 3) Goals Scored
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Three points was deducted for Stallion Laguna from the league standing due to the club's failure to comply with Liga Futbol Inc. Disciplinary Committee’s Decision No. 010318DC03.[25]
  2. ^ Three points was deducted for JPV Marikina from the league standing due to the club's failure to comply with Liga Futbol Inc. Disciplinary Committee’s Decision No. 010318DC02.[26]

Positions by round[edit]

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425
Ceres–Negros1111111111111111111111111
Kaya–Iloilo3544332222222222222222222
Davao Aguilas3332223333444333333344333
Stallion Laguna5465544444333444444433444
JPV Marikina1223455555555555555555555
Global Cebu5656666666666666666666666
AFC Champions League Preliminary Round/AFC Cup Group Stage
Updated to match(es) played on 30 August 2018. Source: Philippines Football League

Results by round[edit]

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425
Ceres–NegrosWWWWWLWWWDWDWWLWWDWWWWLWW
Davao AguilasDWDWWLLWLLLLWWWLDLDWDWWWD
Global CebuLLDLLLWLLLLDLLLLLLLLLLLLL
JPV MarikinaWWLLLLLLLWDLLLWLDLLWWLWLL
Kaya–IloiloDLWLWWWWWLWDLWWWDLLWWWDWW
Stallion LagunaLWLWLWWLLWWLWLLLWWDWWWDDL
Updated to match(es) played on 30 August 2018. Source: Philippines Football League
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Results[edit]

The six clubs will play each other in two rounds of home and away matches. The final round hosting will be via drawing of lots. 75 league matches will be played in total.[1]

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 30 Aug 2018
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Senegal Robert Lopez Mendy Kaya–Iloilo 18
2 Spain Bienvenido Marañón Ceres–Negros 15
3 Philippines Phil Younghusband Davao Aguilas 12
4 Japan Keigo Moriyasu JPV Marikina 11
Philippines James Younghusband Davao Aguilas

Hat-tricks[edit]

As of 1 August 2018
Player Club Result Against Date Ref
Ghana Jordan Mintah Kaya–Iloilo 4–1 (A) JPV Marikina 5 May 2018 [27]
Senegal Robert Lopez Mendy Kaya–Iloilo 4–2 (H) Davao Aguilas 20 May 2018 [28]
Senegal Robert Lopez Mendy Kaya–Iloilo 4–2 (H) JPV Marikina 27 June 2018 [29]
Philippines Jovin Bedic Kaya–Iloilo 4–2 (H) Stallion Laguna 4 July 2018 [30]
Spain Bienvenido Marañón Ceres–Negros 6–1 (H) Global Cebu 25 July 2018 [31]
Japan Keigo Moriyasu JPV Marikina 11–1 (A) Global Cebu 1 August 2018 [32]
Philippines Jay Baguioro
Note

(H) – Home ; (A) – Away

Clean sheets[edit]

As of 29 July 2018
Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1 Spain Toni Doblas Ceres–Negros 4
2 Philippines Nick O'Donnell Davao Aguilas 3
3 Philippines Ref Cuaresma Kaya–Iloilo 1
Philippines Nathanael Villanueva Kaya–Iloilo
Philippines Hayeson Pepito Stallion Laguna
Philippines Patrick Deyto Davao Aguilas

Discipline[edit]

Yellow cards[edit]

As of 10 June 2018
Rank Player Club Yellow Cards
1 Philippines Omid Nazari Ceres-Negros 5
2 Ghana Alfred Osei Kaya-Iloilo 4
Spain Rufo Sanchez Global Cebu
4 Philippines Stephan Schröck Ceres–Negros 2
Philippines Jalsor Soriano Kaya–Iloilo
Philippines Daniel Gadia Global Cebu
Philippines David Basa JPV Marikina
8 34 players 1

Red cards[edit]

As of 23 July 2018
Rank Player Club Red Cards
1 Ghana Alfred Osei Kaya–Iloilo 2
Philippines Omid Nazari Ceres–Negros
Senegal Robert Lopez Mendy Kaya–Iloilo
4 Spain Rufo Sanchez Global Cebu 1
Philippines Dennis Villanueva Davao Aguilas
Philippines Adam Reed Davao Aguilas
Philippines Jason Cordova Stallion Laguna
Philippines Camelo Tacusalme Kaya–Iloilo
Philippines Robert Cañedo JPV Marikina
Philippines Shirman Felongco Kaya–Iloilo
Philippines Angelo Marasigan Global Cebu
Philippines OJ Porteria Ceres–Negros
Philippines Louie Casas Ceres–Negros
Philippines Mike Ott Ceres–Negros

References[edit]

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