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PFF sets up guidelines for football under ‘new normal’

By Jonas Terrado

The Philippine Football Federation has set up multiple guidelines on the potential return of football competitions in the professional and amateur scene once the government eases its community quarantine regulations.

Ceres-Negros' Angelo Marasigan dribbles the ball against national U-22 team's Yrick Gallantes during their Copa Paulino Alcantara match. (Photo from PFL)

Ceres-Negros’ Angelo Marasigan dribbles the ball against national U-22 team’s Yrick Gallantes during their Copa Paulino Alcantara match in 2019. (Photo from PFL)

Among the protocols mentioned by the PFF are the ones submitted by the Games and Amusements Board regarding how the Philippines Football League can resume under strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The PFF said it has adopted guidelines provided by world government body FIFA and the World Health Organization as well as ideas taken from strategies of football leagues that have resumed competition.Top leagues in England, Spain and Germany have resumed with matches being held behind closed-door and using a “bubble setup.”

“In light of the current situation, PFF is continuously assessing the public health situation so that Football can make a safe return in the country in preparation of the transition to the New Normal,” the PFF said.

Meanwhile, six local competitions are suspended until further notice, namely the Regional Festival of Football, PFF Women’s League, U-15 and U-17 Boys Championship and the U-16 and U-18 Girls Championship.

Overseas, the PFF has been notified of the rescheduled matches in the FIFA World Cup/Asian Cup Qualifiers in October and November.The AFF Suzuki Cup, the premier men’s competition in Southeast Asia, has still no plans to reschedule its tournament slated Nov. 23 to Dec. 31.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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