Pacific islanders set to become Pacific Islanders in new TV deal
An agreement between the Philippines and the Philippines Football Federation will see the Pacific Islander players be the ones playing in the 2018-19 Philippine Super League (PSL).
The deal was announced at the club’s training session at the Cotabato City Stadium in Cotabati, Philippines.
This is the first time a Philippine national team player will be representing the island of Palawan.
The deal with the Philippines Soccer Federation is set to be finalised on September 24, 2020.
It was also announced on Tuesday that the Philippine National Football League (PNFL) will be hosting the 2022-23 Philippine Superleague (PSSL).
The PSL is a league with a single-elimination format with a maximum of five teams, and the final round will be played between September 12 and December 3.
The 2019 PSL will be held on August 10 and the 2023 PSL on September 25.
The PSL was also made a member of the 2018 FIFA World Cup 2019.
It is the second time a Filipino team will be participating in the PSL.
The Philippine Football Federation said it was “proud to be a part of this project”.
The PSLV will be one of the most popular leagues in the country with a crowd of almost 5,000 fans.
Ahead of the PSLV, the Philippine Football Association (PFA) has also announced that it will host the 2019-20 Philippine SuperLeague (PSLS) as a one-time event.
The PFA is in the process of developing a training camp for the 2018 PSLS and also has plans to host a one day event in 2021.
PFA president and president of the PFA team of the Pacific Islands, Michael Aranda, said, “We are delighted to be able to offer the Philippines a first-class opportunity to participate in the Philippine Superlans.”
“The Philippines Football Association is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a contract to be the PLS Soccer Federation of the Philippines,” said PFA president Aranda.
“We look forward to working closely with the PFL, the PSA, the Philippines FC and other stakeholders to make the Philippine Soccer Federation a powerful force in the game of football in the region.”
The Filipino Football Federation (PFF) will hold its first ever official match on the 25th of September with the first match taking place on the island nation’s coast, PFF said in a statement.
It is the third time a Pacific Island team has been invited to play for the PSLS, following the Philippine team being invited to the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in Mexico.
In the PSSL, PFL and PFA are currently locked in negotiations over the 2019 PSLS.
The two sides have agreed on the dates of the matches and the schedule, and it is expected that the PSNL will begin in 2019 and finish in 2020.
PSL will also see the return of a Filipino national team to the top flight of Philippine football.
The Philippines Soccer Association (PSA) announced on December 5 that the PFF and PFFs Football Association will form a “one-club partnership” for the 2019 Philippine Superliga (PSS) match in Mexico City.
On January 5, 2020, the two sides will begin the two-match season of the 2019 Philippines Superliga.