Philippine Football Federation

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Philippine Football Federation
Logo of Philippine Football Federation.svg
Founded 1907; 110 years ago (1907)
Headquarters Pasig, Metro Manila
FIFA affiliation 1930
AFC affiliation 1954
AFF affiliation 1984
President Mariano V. Araneta, Jr.
Vice-President Joselito Piñol

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) is the governing body of football in the Philippines.


Early history[edit]

The football body's origins dates back to 1907 when it was established as the Philippine Amateur Football Association (PAFA). It was among the twelve founding Asian football associations of the Asian Football Confederation.

In 1917, the first Spanish and Filipino footballer to play for a European club, Paulino Alcántara Riestra, was selected by the Philippines to represent the country at the Far Eastern Championship Games in Tokyo. He helped them defeat Japan 15–2, which remains the largest win in Philippine international football history.

In 1961, stakeholders of Philippine football officially organized themselves to establish the Philippine Football Association (PFA) which was later reorganized as the Philippine Football Federation in 1982.[1]

Adad era[edit]

On October 1996, Rene Adad was installed as PFF president after a snap election which ousted his predecessor, Ricardo Tan.[2] In 2002, the PFF inaugurated its first regional center in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.[3]

Martinez era[edit]

Mari Martinez three year administration as PFF President has been controversial. On his first year as President in 2007, he summarily dismissed Jose Mari "Jojo" Rodriguez and Richard "Ritchie" Gannaban from their positions as Deputy General Secretary and Executive Secretary, respectively, when the two discovered Martinez's mishandling and misappropriation of PFF funds. The two filed a case against PFF and Martinez for their summary dismissal with the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The NLRC decided in their favor and ordered the PFF to pay damages.

In the same year, there was also an attempt to remove Martinez from office. However this move was halted when several members of the opposition decided against pursuing for Martinez's ouster, following a guest appearance by then Asian Football Confederation President Mohammed bin Hammam who announced a gift donation to the PFF amounting to ₱10 million. This move was viewed as a bribe by critics of Martinez.[4]

In August 2, 2016, the PFF's new headquarters, the PFF House of Football, was inaugurated by then FIFA President Sepp Blatter and AFC President bin Hammam[5] in Barangay Oranbo, Pasig. The PFF moved to the building after occupying the PhilSports Complex as its headquarters for decades.[6]

In 2009, a crisis affected the Philippine women's national futsal and men's national football teams which saw the ouster of women's futsal coach Emmanuel Batungbacal and long-time men's national football coach Juan Cutillas. Batungbacal was sacked by the PFF under recommendation from PFF Futsal Committee chairman Esmaeil Sedigh, from his position for sending an unsanctioned squad to futsal competition in New Zealand. Batungbacal described the move as "ironic" and showed documents to the media showing that the PFF indeed sanctioned his squad. He also accused Martinez of ignoring his pleas to express his concerns regarding the matter. The players who played under Batungbacal resigned from international duty as protests. Martinez said that Batungbacal was sacked due to lack of a coaching license and denied accusations that he ignored Batungbacal saying a dialogue between them already took place.[7]

On November 27, 2010 at the PFF 7th Ordinary Congress at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig, Martinez was ousted by 25 Presidents out of the 29 present member associations to approve a resolution made by 8 members of the Board of Governors calling for the ousting and replacement of Martinez as PFF president. Martinez was accused and charged in court for falsifying public documents particularly when he notarized a Secretary's Certification with an individual by the name of Henry Tsai included as one of the signatories to the account of the federation in Banco de Oro and Bank of the Philippine Islands even if there was no motion to include Tsai as a signatory. Tsai was a former co-worker of Martinez at Soriamont Steamship Agencies, who was also named Managing Consultant of the PFF and later Executive Vice President. Martinez is accused of misusing funds of the federation amounting to ₱5 million, ₱4 million of which is unliquidated, which was designated to Tsai, for his own personal use and buying shares at the Valle Verde Country Club. Mariano Araneta was named Interim President.[4]

Araneta era[edit]

After serving as Interim President for about a year after Martinez's ouster in 2010, Araneta was elected as President on November 26, 2011 at a PFF congress held at the Astoria Plaza in Pasig.[8]

In October 14, 2016 at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Pasig, the Online PFF Player Registration System was launched following a contract signing between the PFF, MMC Sportz Marketing and RSportz. The initiative by the PFF is among the first in Southeast Asia. The registration system will create a database of Filipino players which will be accessible to organizers of PFF-sanctioned tournaments. The registration system was planned to be online by November 2016.[9]

In November 2016, Araneta announced that the PFF will move its headquarters to Carmona, Cavite in 2017 where an artificial football pitch is due to be finished within the month. The new location will also house a dormitory, a natural grass pitch and corporate offices.[6]

The PFF's registration system dubbed "My PFF" was officially launched on June 2017 and will be embedded in PFF's website in July 3, 2017 to be more accessible for registrants.[10]


Member associations[edit]

There are 33 member associations and 7 probational member associations under the PFF.


List of Presidents
Name Term Ref.
Start End
Manuel Tinio [11]
Francisco Elizalde [11]
Ramon Farolan [11]
Henri Kahn [11]
Lope Pascual ? 1995 [11]
Honesto Isleta (acting) 1995 1996 [11][12][13]
Ricardo Tan 1996 [11][14]
Rene Adad 1996 2004 [2][11][15]
Johnny Romualdez 2004 2008
Jose Mari Martinez 2008 2010 [4]
Mariano Araneta 2010 incumbent [8]


National league[edit]

National Cups[edit]

Women's competitions[edit]

Youth competitions[edit]

Futsal competitions[edit]

Current Head Coaches[edit]


The PFF was given the AFC President Recognition Award for Grassroots Football in the Developing Category in 2014[18] and in 2016.[19]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Atencio, Peter (8 October 1986). "Things perking up for local football". Manila Standard. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Henson, Joaquin (11 July 2002). "Soccer a Sleeping Giant in RP". Manila: Philippine Star. 
  4. ^ a b c Olivares, Rick (29 November 2010). "PFF Congress boots out Mari Martinez". Bleachers Brew. Business Mirror. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Blatter champions football in Philippine". FIFA. 4 August 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Olivares, Rick (3 November 2016). "PFF set to move to new HQ in Cavite". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Crisis hits RP women's futsal team, PFF". ABS-CBN News. 10 March 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Terrado, Jonas (28 November 2011). "Araneta re-elected". Tempo. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "PFF Launches Online Player Registration System". Philippine Football Federation. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Philippine Football Federation goes 'live' with 'MY PFF'". ABS-CBN Sports. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h Henson, Joaquin (3 April 2004). "PFF sets tone for soccer revival". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Atencio, Peter (24 November 1996). "The fall of football's Pascual". Manila Standard. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Carlsberg 6-A soccerfest at Nomads". 16 November 1996. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  14. ^ Atencio, Peter (25 November 1996). "Cano Tans takes over rein of RP football". Manila Standard. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  15. ^ Dee, Ignacio (24 April 2015). "Adad, who kept football alive, dies at 86". Rappler. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "PH U16 girls football team hopes to bounce back against Taiwan". Rappler. 6 October 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  17. ^ "National U14 Girls Team". Philippine Football Federation. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  18. ^ Reyes, Jaelle Nevin (13 November 2016). "PFF nominated for AFC grassroots award". Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  19. ^ Kumar, Ashwani (2 December 2016). "Asia's best: Omar Abdulrahman". Abu Dhabi: Khaleej Times. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 

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