WITH a big global brand expected to support the country’s professional football league in the next three years, Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta has vowed to come up with more programs that will benefit the age-group players.
Araneta said Qatar Airways is set to sponsor the Philippines Football League and this will enable the PFF to allot funds for a national Under-17 tournament starting next year.
“We want to start the Under-17 tournament next year,” he said, noting the PFF also begun holding a national Under-15 tournament this year that is now in its final stages.
“We really have a lot of football activities coming in and I want to see that this is being implemented properly. We are not neglecting players in the age-group level. In fact, we have been revitalizing our grassroots program to find more homegrown talents in the country.”
On top of the national Under-17 tournament, Araneta said the PFF will also hold Under-16 and Under-18 regional tournament for girls as part of its thrust to develop women’s football. The PFF chief hopes these tournaments will lead to improved performances for the age-group teams in international tournaments.