ALL six clubs that will compete in the 2020 Philippines Football League have entered its bubble on Wednesday, days before the kick-off at the Philippine Football Federation National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite.
The clubs – United City FC, Kaya FC-Iloilo, Stallion-Laguna, Mendiola FC, Maharlika FC, and the Azkals Development Team – are now at the league’s quarters Seda Nuvali Hotel in Sta. Rosa, Laguna for the staging of the bubble tournament backed by Qatar Airways opening on Sunday.
“All the members of the teams as well as PFL personnel in the bubble will undergo mandatory swab tests, and hopefully, none of them will test positive as practice begins on Friday and Saturday,” said PFL commissioner Coco Torre.
The Azkals Developmental Team and Mendiola FC open hostilities of the league on Sunday, 9 a.m., with Stallion-Laguna and Kaya FC-Iloilo clashing at 4:30 p.m.
Capping off opening day is the match between United City FC led by Azkals skipper Stephan Schrock taking on Maharlika FC at 8:30 p.m.
The league will be a short single-round series with the club with the most points by Nov. 6 to be declared as the champion.
Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano ‘Nonong’ Araneta is glad that after a lengthy process of gaining the go-signal to play in a bubble from the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), professional football is back in the Philippines.
“It has been a long journey but we are finally here for the opening of the 2020 edition of the PFL. This is much-needed competition for both our teams and football fans who have waited for so long to see their favorite players in action once again,” said Araneta.
PFF general secretary Edwin Gastanes also thanked the teams and fans for “keeping the faith in our earnest aspiration to bring back league action to them.”