09 Mar Weekly CEO Column
The Philippines Football League (PFL) ushered in another season over the weekend with two separate matches at the Marikina Sports Center and at the Davao Del Norte Sports Complex in Tagum City together with the launch of the new live-streaming platform.
The first two matches of the league gave the football stakeholders, in particular the fans a great preview of what this season can present whether watching from the stands at the stadiums or on the live-stream platform.
Both games were broadcasted live on our brand new www.PFLtv.ph platform by Sportradar and we have received a lot of positive feedback about our live-stream of the two matches. The LFI is still pilot testing this new platform and rest assured that the quality of the broadcast for the upcoming matches can only continue to improve.
The League continues action for the third match of the season with Stallion Laguna FC and JPV Marikina FC meeting at the Binan Football Stadium this coming Sunday. This match and possibly future home matches at Binan Football Stadium will be closed for the fans as Stallion Laguna FC are still in the process of completing the infrastructure criteria requirements under the Club Licensing Regulations.
Meanwhile, the LFI will initiate the Match Commissioner’s Development Programme in the start of April. This comes following the successful completion of the LFI Match Commissioner Seminar last month.
Trainee Match Commissioners will undergo intensive training that includes a four-phase programme, which will help them become full-pledged Match Commissioners. The objective of this programme is to increase the number of Match Commissioners for the league. The Match Commissioners play a key role in the organization of the match and it is our aim to develop quality Match Commissioners, who will elevate our competition.
The LFI will also be holding a Workshop on the Laws of the Game on 19 March for Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches of the participating clubs. The objective of this Workshop is to introduce the changes brought under the Laws of Game.
The league will take a break starting next week to give way for the preparations of the national team in their two upcoming matches during the FIFA International Match Calendar. We wish the Azkals the best of luck as they battle Fiji in a friendly on 22 March and on their Asian Cup qualifying match against Tajikistan on 27 March where a favorable result would secure a spot for the Azkals in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in UAE.
Lazarus J. Xavier
Liga Futbol Inc. (LFI) CEO