The construction of the new headquarters of the Philippine Football Federation has begun
FIFA Forward-funded project comes in historic year for local football
FIFA President Gianni Infantino sent his congratulations
The year 2022 will be a milestone for the Philippine Football Federation (PFF). After qualifying for the first FIFA Women’s World Cup™, a feat that seemed impossible just a few years ago, solid foundations have been laid to secure the future of local football, with the start of construction work on the new headquarters of the PFF. Thanks to significant funding from the FIFA Forward Programme, the building will include spacious and modern offices. It will replace the current premises built in 2007 also with the financial support of FIFA. Located in Carmona, some 40 kilometers from the capital Manila, the headquarters occupies a 4,231 m² plot acquired in 2020 through the AFC President’s Infrastructure Program. It is within walking distance of the national training centre, which is equipped with a FIFA-funded artificial pitch and two mini-pitches, allowing the PFF to consolidate its main facilities into one site.
This event marks a turning point in the Southeast Asian country, which has more than 110 million inhabitants, and where football continues to grow in popularity. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Hon Dahlia Loyola, Mayor of Manila, Atty. Guillermo Iroy, Officer-in-Charge and Executive Director of the Philippine Sports Commission, Mariano V. Araneta Jr., President of the PFF, Edwin B. Gastanes, General Secretary of the PFF, and FIFA delegates led by Sanjeevan Balasingam, Director of the Member Associations Division for Asia and Oceania. “Today is a historic day for the Philippine Football Federation. Congratulations to you as you celebrate the launch of your new headquarters,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a video message. . “These premises will allow your staff to benefit from a spacious and state-of-the-art space.” “I particularly welcome your close collaboration with FIFA, because that is exactly the aim of the FIFA Forward Programme: to provide personalized support to its 211 member associations, with more investment, impact and supervision.”
A dream come true
The Philippines is a country marked by the traditional predominance of sports such as basketball, volleyball and boxing. “This project was once a dream,” said PFF President Araneta Jr., acknowledging FIFA’s support. “It is coming to fruition today thanks to the collaboration between the PFF, FIFA and the AFC. We are cramped in our current premises, which poses a huge problem for our staff.” “Much larger, our new headquarters will provide an environment conducive to work and learning for our employees, coaches, referees and players. It will also have several modern classrooms and conference rooms.”
The headquarters is the flagship project of FIFA’s continued support for the development of football in the country, following the launch in 2018 of the FIFA-funded PFF Women’s Championship. Along with the Philippines’ historic rise to the prestigious world stage, Alen Stajcic’s proteges showcased their newfound status by winning their first AFF Women’s Championship.
With women’s football having made tremendous progress in recent years, the new project brings hope, as observed by PFF General Secretary Gastanes. “The construction of the headquarters is timely,” he explains. “Philippine football is enjoying increased momentum following the remarkable success of our women’s team, which will inspire future players.” better able to meet the needs of football stakeholders,” he concludes.
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