Sunday, July 29, 2012
A new Cup is in town
The tournament that was launched to monstrous hype last year is going to be reformatted and is also looking for a new sponsor after Smart had
repackaged its P80-million financial assistance to the Philippine Football Federation just a year after announcing it.
In the reformatted tournament, 16 clubs will vie it out for the title and all UFL clubs will be involved and qualifiers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, will also get a chance to compete with the top clubs.
The 10 teams in Div. 1 will be seeded No. 1 to 10 directly, while the bottom six will come from the qualifiers and Div. 2 in a series of playoffs. The first play-off will pit the top six teams in Div. 2 against the bottom six and the winner will then face off with the six qualifiers--two each from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The winner of those play-offs will get the No. 11 to No. 16 ranks and a round-of-16 will then be played.
As to the Smart financial package, which was supposed to be at P8 million for year for 10 years, Dan said he doesn't know yet the specific changes of the package since when it was announced, Smarts specified that it was for the creation of a Filipino Premier League.
Dan Palami's Global FC won the inaugural Smart Club Championships in August, 2011 and was supposed to get P100,000 as part of the prize.
As of July 27, 2012, they still haven't received their prize.