PFF National Men's Club Championship
|Number of teams||8 (last edition)|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|International cup(s)||AFC President's Cup (2014)|
|Last champions||Loyola |
|Most championships||Ceres (2)|
The PFF National Men's Club Championship was a Filipino association football competition organized by the Philippine Football Federation. It was sponsored by mobile phone and internet service provider Smart Communications and therefore was known as the PFF–Smart National Men's Club Championship.
The Philippine Football Federation had not been able to organize a national tournament since 2007, when they staged the PFF Centennial Men's Open Championship.
In January 2011, with the recent success of the national football team and renewed national interest in football, Smart Communications approached the PFF with an offer to finance a new local football competition. The proposed partnership was set to last 10 years, with Smart releasing ₱80 million in funds with the aim of providing more playing opportunities for skilled football players, and the eventual creation of a national league. Newly installed Philippine Football Federation president Mariano V. Araneta subsequently approved the proposal. In March 2011, the new tournament commenced under the name PFF–Smart Men's Club Championship.
Cup Winners And Runners-Up
|Club||Champions||Years won||Runners-up||Years lost|
|Ceres FC||2012–13, 2013–14|
|Global FC||2011||2013–14, 2014–15|
|San Beda FC||N/A||2011|
- "PFF, Smart to form Philippine football league". GMA News and Public Affairs. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
A league for Philippine football? This will become a reality as the Philippine Football Federation has forged a partnership with telecom giant Smart Communications to finance a local football club championship. The partnership will last for a span of 10 years, with the giant telco releasing a total of P80 million for the project aimed at providing opportunities for skilled football players.
- Rick Olivares (1 March 2011). "National open football tilt back after five-year hiatus". BusinessMirror. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
“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.
- Philippines - List of Champions, RSSSF.com