Over 60 teams coming from Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Dipolog, Ozamis City, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and Cotabato City have confirmed participation in the football festival featuring different age groups: from 8 & Under to 18 & Under for boys and girls, and Open Divisions for men and women.
On Nov. 12, Saturday, 6 to 12 year-old boys and girls to be given a free football clinic by former Azkals skipper Chieffy Caligdong, goal keeping coach Ref Cuaresma, and PRU Life UK football ambassador Graham Caygill.
“We are happy to have been able to bring the FFABL to Pagadian City for the first time and we are impressed with the response from different provinces and cities in the region,” said Lee Longa, Chief Financial Officer of PRU Life UK which is also supporting the Azkals and the 14 & Under football team.
The FFABL tournament and clinic is supported by Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio Cerilles, Vice-Governor Wililiam Cerilles, Pagadian City Mayor Romeo Pulmones, and Dumalinao Mayor Junaflor Cerilles.
The clinic will be held at the Dumalinao Regional Pilot School while the football tournament will be at the Zamboanga del Sur Provinical Center in Pagadian. For 2016, FFABL has visited Gingoog, Tarlac, Dumaguete, Dipolog, Laguna, and Tagum City.
Before the year ends, FFABL will have tournaments and training sessions in Baguio, Subic, and NCR.
Football for a Better Life is co-organized by SPEARS Sports, Azkals Foundation and the provincial and regional football associations.