PFF still awaiting IATF go-signal for football's return


Posted at Jun 29 2020 05:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) on Monday said it is awaiting the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the resumption of football training and competition, after submitting its protocols last May. 

Team sports are still not allowed in Metro Manila which remains under the general community quarantine.

But the PFF has already laid out its guidelines on the potential return of football activities in anticipation of the easing of community quarantine guidelines nationwide.

In May, the organization submitted a set of protocols to the Games and Amusement Board for its endorsement to the IATF. The 26-page document contained protocols patterned from football leagues that have already made their gradual return to action. 

The PFF was also guided by the documents sent by FIFA and the World Health Organization in drafting their strategy for a return.

The PFF is now awaiting the approval of the IATF, so that teams in the Philippines Football League (PFL) can make their gradual return to training, and hopefully, to full competition in the near future.

In the meantime, the PFF deferred its youth and regional competitions that were scheduled for this year.

These competitions are: the Regional Festival of Football 2020, the PFF Women's League 2020, the U15 Boys Championship, the U17 Boys Championship, the U16 Girls Regional Championship, and the U18 Girls Regional Championship.

The start dates of these competitions will depend on further government health guidelines announcements. 

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