MANILA, Philippines -- With a big global brand set to back the country's professional football league in the next three years, Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano "Nonong" Araneta vowed to come up with programs that will benefit age-group players in the future.
The impending sponsorship of Qatar Airways to the Philippines Football League (PFL) will allow the PFF to allot funds for a national Under-17 tournament starting next year, according to Araneta.
"We want to start the Under-17 tournament next year," said Araneta, who noted that the PFF has 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," he said.
"In fact, we have been revitalizing our grassroots program to find more homegrown talents in the country."
Aside from the national Under-17 tournament, the PFF also plans to hold Under-16 and Under-18 regional tournament for girls as part of its thrust to develop women's football.
Araneta is hopeful that these tournaments will lead to improved performances for the age-group teams in international tournaments.
Araneta, who is seeking a fresh term as PFF president, is also banking on the entry of Qatar Airways to encourage more support from local companies.
"Qatar Airways is a global brand and hopefully we have local brands that will join the sponsorship," said Araneta.
"There are still a lot of ways to improve the league. The sponsorship really allows the federation And aside from that, some money will go into the federation wherein we can spend also the league for other programs."
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