PFF Women's League

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PFF Women's League
PFF Women's League logo.png
Founded2016; 3 years ago (2016)
CountryPhilippines
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Divisions1
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toNone
Domestic cup(s)PFF Women's Cup
International cup(s)None
Current championsDe La Salle University
Most championshipsDe La Salle University (2 titles)
2018 PFF Women's League

The PFF Women's League (PFFWL) is the top-flight of women's association football in the Philippines.

History[edit]

To follow up with the PFF Women's Cup which was launched in 2014,[1] the PFF Women's League was launched on November 5, 2016 by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).[2] The competition became the first to follow a league format following the folding of the Pinay Futbol League in 2013[3] and became the first women's domestic league in the country. The league sanctioned by the PFF as an amateur tournament is part of FIFA's Women's Development Project for the Philippines. [4]

Most of the teams that are participating at the inaugural 2016-17 season are either from the University Athletic Association of the Philippines or alumni teams.[2] The PFF plans to hold a bigger amateur women's league to give more playing opportunities to collegiate players after they graduate from their respective universities[1] and eventually professionalize the league so it can support itself. The league was launched to create a bigger pool for the Philippines women's national football team.[4] De La Salle University were the champions of the inaugural season.[5]

The PFF announced in July 2018 that a second season for the PFF Women's League will take place.[6] The second season followed a single round robin format instead of multiple round robin format used for the inaugural season.[7] This run was contested from August to November 2018. The league's players reportedly are compliant with the MyPFF online registration system of the Philippine Football Federation.[8] De La Salle retained the league title.[9]

Teams[edit]

11 teams entered in the inaugural edition.[1][3]At least for the inaugural edition, participating teams paid a registration fee of ₱15 thousand.[10] Kaya withdrew mid-season. In the 2018 Season, there will be 10 teams. New Teams include De La Salle Zobel and Tuloy F.C.[8]

Winners[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up
2016–17 De La Salle University University of Santo Tomas
2018 De La Salle University University of Santo Tomas

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Reyes, Jaelle Nevin (6 November 2016). "PFF Women's League kicks off Nov. 12". The Manila Times. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b Estrada, Kevin (6 November 2016). "OF FAMILIARITY and more | PFF, players and coaches hopeful on the Women's League launch". Dugout Philippines. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b Estrada, Kevin (6 November 2016). "PFF Launches Women's League with a record field". Dugout Philippines. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b Montayre, Mia (7 November 2016). "Historic PFF Women's League set to launch". Tiebreaker Times. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  5. ^ Montayre, Mia (20 October 2017). "PFFWL Roundup: Second round opening win virtually guarantees La Salle league title". Tiebreaker Times. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  6. ^ "PFF President Nonong Araneta reveals exciting times ahead for Philippine football". ABS-CBN Sports. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  7. ^ Montayre, Mia (25 August 2018). "PFF Women's League kicks off Season 2". Tiebreaker Times. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  8. ^ a b "PFF Women's League 2018 kicks off on August 25". Fox Sports Philippines. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  9. ^ "De La Salle Retains Title After Defeating UST, 2-1". Philippine Football Federation. 11 November 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  10. ^ Guerrero, Bob (15 December 2016). "PFF Women's League leads the charge for Pinay football". Rappler. Retrieved 16 December 2016.