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Philippine Football Federation
Logo of Philippine Football Federation.svg
Founded1907; 115 years ago (1907)
HeadquartersPasig, Metro Manila
FIFA affiliation1930
AFC affiliation1954
AFF affiliation1984
PresidentMariano Araneta
Vice-PresidentJoselito Piñol

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) is the governing body of association football in the Philippines. Established as the Philippine Amateur Football Association (PAFA) in 1907, the PFF is one of the oldest national football associations in Asia and is among the founding members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The PAFA reorganized as the Philippine Football Association (PFA), and later as the Philippine Football Federation.

Aside from being a member of the AFC, the PFF is also a member of the ASEAN Football Federation. It is recognized as the national sports association (NSA) for the sport of football in the Philippines by Philippine Olympic Committee.

It organizes the Philippines men's, women's and youth national football teams (as well as national teams for the football variants of futsal and beach soccer). It is also responsible for the organization of domestic football tournaments in the Philippines such as Philippines Football League and the Copa Paulino Alcantara through the Liga Futbol Inc., and the PFF Women's League.


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]

In 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]

The PFF under the Presidency of Jose Mari Martinez saw crises which challenged his leadership as well as the national teams.

Under Martinez, the PFF also had a new headquarters, the PFF House of Football in Pasig, which was inaugurated by then FIFA President Sepp Blatter and AFC President bin Hammam in 2008.[4] The PFF moved to the building after occupying the PhilSports Complex as its headquarters for decades.[5]

In 2009, a crisis affected the Philippine women's national futsal which resulted to the ouster of women's futsal coach Emmanuel Batungbacal and long-time men's national football coach Juan Cutillas. Batungbacal was sacked allegedly leading the futsal team in a tournament without sanction from the PFF. Batungbacal said that he had sanction and he claimed Martinez ignored to make a dialogue with him on the matter. The players who played under Batungbacal resigned from international duty as protests. Martinez said that a lack of suitable coaching license was the reason to Batungbacal's dismissal.[6]

On 27 November 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 dismissed due to allegedly falsifying public documents and misusing funds. Mariano Araneta was named Interim President.[7]

Araneta era[edit]

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

On 14 October 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.[5]

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

A financial issue with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) was resolved on September 14, 2018, when the PFF remitted ₱4.8 million amount of unliquidated financial assistance from the government agency. The scope of the financial aid covers the administrations of the PFF from past 1996 to 2010.[11]

The PFF was given the right to hold AFC ‘A’ and AFC ‘B’ Diploma Courses in the Philippines by the Asian Football Confederation starting 2019.[12] The federation launched its first esports tournament, the PFF eTrophy which featured the video game title FIFA 21 in 2021.[13]


Mariano Araneta is the President of the PFF since 2010.
List of Presidents
Name Term Ref.
Start End
Manuel Tinio [14]
Francisco Elizalde [14]
Andres Soriano Jr.
Ramon Farolan [14]
Henri Kahn 1986 1989 [14]
Lope Pascual ? 1995 [14]
Honesto Isleta (acting) 1995 1996 [14][15][16]
Ricardo Tan 1996 [14][17]
Rene Adad 1996 2004 [2][14][18]
Johnny Romualdez 2004 2008
Jose Mari Martinez 2008 2010 [7]
Mariano Araneta 2010 incumbent [8]

Association staff[edit]

Name Position Source
Philippines Mariano Araneta President [19][20]
Philippines Joselito Pinol Vice President [19][20]
Philippines Edwin B. Gastanes General Secretary [19][20]
Philippines Juan Miguel Romualdez Treasurer [19]
England Stewart Hall Technical Director [19]
United States Thomas Dooley Team Coach (Men's) [21]
Australia Alen Stajčić Team Coach (Women's) [19][20]
Philippines Dan Palami National Teams Committee Chairman [22]
Philippines Angelico Mercarder Media/Communications Manager [19]
Japan Reiji Hirata Youth Development Head [23]
Philippines Esmaeil Sedigh Futsal Department Head [24]
Philippines Allan Martinez Referee Coordinator [19]

Member associations[edit]

There are 29 member associations under the PFF.[25]

  • Agusan del Sur – Surigao del Sur RFA
  • Bukidnon FA
  • RFA of Camarines Norte
  • Central Visayas RFA
  • Golden Davao RFA
  • North Davao RFA
  • Davao R.F.A.
  • Iligan – Lanao del Norte – Lanao del Sur RFA
  • Iloilo FA
  • Laguna – Cavite RFA
  • Legazpi City – Albay Federated RFA
  • East Visayas R.F.A.
  • Federated F.A. of Masbate
  • Central Bicol RFA
  • National Capital Region F.A.
  • Negros Occidental F.A.
  • Negros Oriental – Siquijor RFA
  • Mount Apo RFA
  • Oriental Mindoro FA
  • Quezon – Batangas RFA
  • FA of Rizal
  • South Cotabato – Sarangani – Gen. Santos City RFA (SOCSARGEN RFA)
  • Sultan Kudarat RFA
  • Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands RFA
  • Central Luzon RFA
  • Zamboanga del Norte – Dipolog RFA
  • Pagadian – Zamboanga del Sur – Sibugay RFA
  • Zamboanga – Basilan – Sulu – Tawi-tawi FA (ZAMBASULTA FA)

PFF competitions[edit]

National league[edit]

National Cups[edit]

Youth competitions[edit]


  • PFF eTrophy

Current title holders[edit]

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
Philippines Football League 2020 United City 4th Kaya–Iloilo 2022
Copa Paulino Alcantara 2022 United City 1st Kaya F.C.–Iloilo 2023
PFF U-19 Boys National Football Championship 2022 Negros Occidental F.A. National Capital Region F.A. 2023
PFF Women's League 2019–20 De La Salle University 3rd Far Eastern University TBA

Current national team head coaches[edit]


The PFF was given the AFC President Recognition Award for Grassroots Football in the Developing Category in 2014[28] and in 2016.[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Philippine Football Federation". Philippine Olympic Committee. Philippine Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  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. ^ "Blatter champions football in Philippine". FIFA. 4 August 2008. Archived from the original on 15 November 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b Olivares, Rick (3 November 2016). "PFF set to move to new HQ in Cavite". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Crisis hits RP women's futsal team, PFF". ABS-CBN News. 10 March 2009. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  7. ^ a b Olivares, Rick (29 November 2010). "PFF Congress boots out Mari Martinez". Bleachers Brew. Business Mirror. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  8. ^ a b Terrado, Jonas (28 November 2011). "Araneta re-elected". Tempo. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. 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. ^ "Philippine Football Federation clears accounts with PSC". Philippine Star. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  12. ^ "PFF Christmas Message 2018". Philippine Football Federation. 25 December 2018. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  13. ^ Li, Matthew (9 April 2021). "PFF launches efootball tourney". Tiebreaker Times. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Atencio, Peter (24 November 1996). "The fall of football's Pascual". Manila Standard. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Carlsberg 6-A soccerfest at Nomads". 16 November 1996. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  17. ^ Atencio, Peter (25 November 1996). "Cano Tans takes over rein of RP football". Manila Standard. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  18. ^ Dee, Ignacio (24 April 2015). "Adad, who kept football alive, dies at 86". Rappler. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h "Member Association - Philippines -". Archived from the original on 7 December 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  20. ^ a b c d "The - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  21. ^ "Thomas Dooley returns as Azkals Head Coach". Philippine Football Federation. 25 May 2022. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  22. ^ "PFF Statement On PHI Men's National Team". Philippine Football Federation. 22 May 2022. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  23. ^ "PFF Appoints Reiji Hirata As Head Of Youth Development". Philippine Football Federation. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  24. ^ "PFF Acknowledges Futsal Development in the Philippines". 26 April 2018.
  25. ^ "Member Associations". Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  26. ^ "PH U16 girls football team hopes to bounce back against Taiwan". Rappler. 6 October 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  27. ^ "National U14 Girls Team". Philippine Football Federation. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  28. ^ Reyes, Jaelle Nevin (13 November 2016). "PFF nominated for AFC grassroots award". Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  29. ^ Kumar, Ashwani (2 December 2016). "Asia's best: Omar Abdulrahman". Abu Dhabi: Khaleej Times. Retrieved 2 December 2016.

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