MANILA (20 March 2012) – The PFF Suzuki Cup National Under-23 tournament was launched this week with at least 15 teams from the regional qualifiers vying for the only ten available spot for the national elimination round.
The tourney was launched at the Silliman University ball field in Dumaguete City.
“We are grateful that Dumaguete was selected as the venue for the national launching of the PFF Suzuki U23 Cup,” said Dick Emperado, the PFF Competitions Committee chairperson. “All football events in Dumaguete gather a good number of crowds, which proves the awareness of the public in appreciation of football.”
Dumaguete will host the Visayas cluster elimination with five teams competing — Iloilo, Cebu, Leyte, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. The regional elimination will use the double round robin system while the national championship will be the home-and-away format.
“At least 10 teams will compete for the national elimination round to include three teams coming from the Visayas, three from Mindanao and four from Luzon,” added
Cyril Dofitas, the PFF tournament director.
“We would like to thank the Suzuki Philippines president Satoshi Uchida who is committed to support the PFF in promoting football as one of the Philippines’ favourite sports.”