Bohemian ends 2019 SingaCup U10 tourney in Quarterfinals

Bohemian Sporting Club ends its contention in the on-going SingaCup U10 when its Team 1 was stopped in its tracks by Australian side Athletic Football Group by a score of 0-4 in the quarterfinals, the best finish so far by a Philippine-based club in both U8 and U10 divisions this 2019 edition.

The club, headed by Chairman and Philippine international footballer Jason de Jong, sent two teams in the U10 competition with Team 2 reaching the Round of 16 playoffs only to be eliminated by Alba FC of Indonesia also by a 4-0 scoreline.

Meanwhile other teams Philippine-based U10 contingents Manila Japanese FC and Sugod Malaya FC were only able to participate in the group stage after finishing third and fourth respectively (each group comprised of five teams with only the top two finishers heading into the Round of 16).

In the U8 division, sole Filipino participants Rovers FC of Davao were able to reach the Round of 16 after finishing third in their group (Top three teams in each of the two groups in U8 division qualify for the knockouts).

The Mindanao-based side were not able to reach the quarterfinals after being edged by Singapore’s Little League by a narrow 1-0 margin.

With the results, the Philippine contingents’ campaigns for the 2019 SingaCup U8 and U10 have come to their respective conclusions.

Come November 4, three divisions will commence their respective tournaments where the Philippines will be represented by PAREF Southridge (U12), Kaya Futbol Academy (U12, U14), Makati Football Club (U14), Great Oak Manor (U14), and Foobtall Funatics – FFAS (U16).

Checkout SingaCup’s official site and Facebook page for more info and updates.

Photo credit: Bohemian SC Facebook Page / Youth Football League

12 Filipino football teams to compete in 2019 SingaCup

As the SingaCup is about to begin its 2019 edition, 12 teams from the Philippines are set to participate in the yearly international youth tournament which will be hosted in different locations in Singapore from November 2 to 8.

U8: Rovers Football Club Davao

In the U8 category, sole representatives from the Philippines Rovers Football Club Davao begin their campaign in Group A as they face Football Federation Northern Territory (Australia), and Singapore-based clubs Spanish Soccer Club Asia and Sporting Clube de Portugal.

If Rovers survive their group, they will qualify for the playoffs stage for the Round of 16 which will be a knockout from that point onwards to the final.

Rovers Football Club Davao’s first assignment will be against Sporting Clube de Portugal on Saturday, November 2, at Rainforest Sports Hub. Kickoff is at 8AM.

U10: Bohemian Sporting Club 1, Sugod Malaya, Manila Japanese Football Club, Bohemian Sporting Club 2

Obviously the biggest category in the 2019 SingaCup, the U10 will have four representatives from the Philippines.

Bohemian Sporting Club have a sizeable contingent with two teams in this age group with Bohemian SC 1 in Group A while Bohemian SC 2 is in Group H.

Sugod Malaya meanwhile are in Group C and Manila Japanese FC find themselves having to navigate Group D.

Being the biggest category tournament in terms of size, U10 is comprised of eight groups of five teams for a total of 40 different competing teams coming from the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, India, the hosts Singapore, and even Nepal.

All matches in U10 from the group stage until the final will be held in the Rainforest Sorts Hub from November 2 to November 3.

U12: PAREF Southridge, Kaya Futbol Academy

PAREF Southridge are set to start their campaign in Group B along with Football West (Australia), Bandung Pro United (Indonesia), Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (India) and Sengkang Central Community SC (Singapore).

Kaya Futbol Academy’s U12 representatives begin their tournament in Group C as they clash against Football South Australia, ActiveSG Football Academy (Singapore), ASTAM Soccer School (Indonesia), and Johor Darul Ta’zim (Malaysia).

The U12 is mad up of five groups, with the tournament scheduled from November 4 to 7 which will be hosted in The Cage Sports Park.

U14: Makati FC, Kaya Futbol Academy, Makati FC 2006, Great Oak Manor FC

Makati FC is in Group A while Makati FC 2006 are in Group D. Kaya start their campaign in Group B while Great Oak Manor are positioned in Group E.

U14 is composed of five groups and the competition is set to begin on November 4 until November 7 which will transpire in The Cage Sports Park.

U16: Football Funatics – FFAS

The sole team from the Philippines in this category, Football Funatics are in Group C along with Australian Islamic College, Sporting Clube de Portugal (Singapore), Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (India), and North Vista Secondary School (Singapore).

Made up of four groups, the U16 tournament will run for three days from November 4 to 7.

All matches will be held at The Cage Sports Park.

Check on SingaCup’s official website for updates on schedules and results.

Photo credit: SingaCup Official Facebook Page

Bohemian SC U10 concludes prestigious campaign against European giants

Despite being on the receiving end of lopsided results, academy representatives of Filipino football club Bohemian SC gained invaluable experience, exposure, and learnings after being pitted against youth counterparts from the world’s biggest clubs.

The under-10 tournament held in the Netherlands from June 1 to 2 put Bohemian SC in a group where they battled against very tough teams of the most storied clubs in Europe.

Bohemian’s first assignment in the first stage of the group phase came against Belgian club KAA Gent which ended in 5-0 loss. This was followed by a match against Dutch amateur club SAB Breda which could have been the Filipinos’ best chance to get a result but the fixture ended in a narrow 1-0 loss.

What followed are probably the toughest challenges yet for the young academy as they faced a massive series of humps against the U-10 teams of Europe’s giant clubs, first against Ajax Amsterdam which ended 5-0. Inter Milan followed where the Nerazzurri won 4-0. The first group phase ended for Bohemian facing West Ham United where the London club emerged with a convincing 6-0 result.

The second stage of the group phase followed with a rematch against KAA Gent. This time, the Pinoys were able to get a monumental 0-0 draw against their much fancied opponents. However, the momentum cannot be maintained as a 2-0 loss followed at the hands of Dutch club BSV Boeimeer.

Another closely contested match that ended in a narrow 1-0 loss has been dealt by Total Soccer Cayman before rounding Group Stage 2 with a 4-0 loss against another Belgian giant KRC Genk.

Bohemian SC, coached by former Azkals Jason De Jong, ended its campaign on a high note with a sole win during the classification match against Dutch side and tournament hosts Rood-Wit, scoring two unanswered goals.

The final was eventually contested by Ajax and West Ham with the former winning by a 4-1 scoreline. Both finalists were faced by Bohemian in the group phase.

The complete and official tournament results can be found in this link.

Photo credit: Bohemian SC Facebook Page


7’s Football League forges partnership with Philam Life as major sponsor

Exhibiting its steady rise from the time it launched in early 2018, 7’s Football League secures a new league sponsorship with insurance firm Philam Life for the upcoming third season that begins on February 3, 2019.

7’s Football League, a semi-professional 7-a-side tournament, is a startup founded by former Philippine Azkals Anton Del Rosario. Although it is still a very young league, it has exhibited exponential growth heading into its third season.

And now with a title sponsorship with AIA [American International Assurance] Group company Philam Life confirmed, it has shown that 7’s Football League could thrive while contributing to the growth of football, which, is still an emerging sport in the country as compared to mainstream staples such as basketball, women’s volleyball and boxing.

“I would like to welcome Philam Life to this partnership with the 7’s Football League. Thank you for coming on board, for trusting the league and helping football grow in the Philippines,” said founder Anton Del Rosario during the press conference for the launch of the third season last January 24, 2019 that was held in Taguig.

The new sponsorship deal puts Philam Life as the main league sponsor with the tournament now branded as Philam Life 7’s Football League. Along with the insurance giant, other sponsoring companies, in various capacities, are Delimondo, SkullCandy, Jollibee, Bootcamp, and Belle & Dragon.

Aside from the sponsorship aspect, what’s also important to note in-line with the tournament’s growth is the additional teams that will compete this coming third season.

Below are the 12 teams that will compete in the Philam Life 7’s Football League season:

  • Super Eagles – Defending Champions
  • Laro
  • Ghana FC
  • Football Fanatics
  • Stallion Laguna FC
  • Real Amigos
  • Deportivo Matu
  • Tondo FC
  • Enderun
  • Bohemian Sporting Club *
  • Superbad FC*
  • H & J All Stars*

*Bohemian SC, Superbad FC and H & J All Stars are the new teams set to compete for the new season.

The league format will begin with 12 teams playing a single round robin in the elimination phase. The top eight teams will then proceed to the playoffs which will be a knockout. The playoffs are expected to begin sometime in April.

The Philam Life 7’s Football League kicks off on February 3, 2019 and will run until May 19. The tournament will be held every Sunday at McKinley Hill Stadium from 6:00PM to 9:00PM.

For more info, check out 7’s Football League Facebook Page