MANILA, Philippines -- After professional football teams received the green light to return to practices, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) hopes that its amateur and youth activities may also be allowed to resume.
The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) recently approved the resumption of training for professional basketball and football teams, after the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the PFF submitted their protocols to the agency.
The PBA Board of Governors has already given its teams the go signal to start training, and the clubs of the Philippines Football League (PFL) were recently tested for COVID-19 ahead of their return to practices.
The PFF is now hopeful that amateur level competitions, too, will be next. The federation has already postponed several events, including youth level championships for boys and girls and the Regional Festival of Football.
"It really depends on the IATF, and at the moment, amateur team sports, much more contact sports, are not allowed," PFF president Mariano "Nonong" Araneta said in a report on the federation website.
"We already had plans to start the Under-15 and Under-17 competitions this year. If we cannot start this year, we will host the competitions next year," he added.
The PFF is also batting for women's football to be allowed to train as well, especially after the recent announcement that the 2023 FIFA World Cup will be held in New Zealand and Australia, with 36 teams participating.
"This will serve as an inspiration for the Philippine women's team," said PFF secretary-General Atty. Edwin Gastanes.
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