MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) is keeping a close eye on the country's volleyball leagues, as it hopes to be given permission to start its amateur competitions as well -- particularly the PFF Women's League.
PFF president Mariano "Nonong" Araneta said in an interview with Pinay Futbol that he is in contact with Popoy Juico, the chairman of the Philippine Superliga, as to when their teams will be allowed to resume training.
Professional football and basketball teams have already been given the go-signal to resume practices by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). The country's volleyball leagues are hoping to receive the green light soon, as well.
"I talked to Popoy Juico of volleyball, who said we are (an) amateur (league). So they have submitted, again, the protocols for them to be able to start their league in volleyball," Araneta explained.
"We have the protocols already in football, even if it's professional or amateur. The requirements are the same, as far as venue, as far as testing, as far as safety of the players are concerned," he added.
"If they will allow volleyball as an amateur league to resume, then for sure, we will also put on the table a proposal to resume the women's league this year," he said.
The PFF Women's League is an amateur competition, with 10 teams competing as of last season.
"We're just hoping that IATF will allow that to happen so that women's football will start," said Araneta.
If they don't receive approval this year, Araneta guaranteed that the Women's League, as well as grassroots competition for girls, will be held in 2021.
"We were supposed to start the Under-16 and Under-18 regional competitions (for girls) this year, for our regional football associations," he said. "If that doesn't happen, then we will start it next year. We need more local competitions."
"That's going to be a yearly event, not just a one-time event. It has to be a yearly event so that players, girls, will have something to look forward to, a tournament they can look forward to," he added.
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