Yokohama kicks off Football Cup

Yokohama Tire Sales Philippines, Inc. (YTSP) kicked off the Yokohama Football Cup last May 20 at the McKinley Hill Football Stadium in Taguig City. The Japanese tire brand extends its support to the local football scene with the two-day event that featured over a hundred teams of ten different age groups.

Yokohama has been the shirt sponsor for Chelsea Football Club the past two seasons with the north London club clinching the English Premier League title this 2016/2017 season.

Participating teams played a 7-a-side format with the age groups set on different schedules throughout the weekend. The 8 & 12-under teams opened the festivities Saturday morning with the Womens category closing the tournament on Sunday.

The only tire brand that produces its products in the country is looking to help Philippine football in their own way. “We are trying to somehow push more awareness for football in the Philippines” said Shawn Pamintuan, Marketing head of YTSP. “From this year and to the next few years, we would like to concentrate our efforts in supporting the football events in the Philippines,” Pamintuan added.

YTSP President Satoshi Hariyama highlighted the similar values in sports and in his company. “Sports have always been close to the heart of Yokohama. The effort and discipline that athletes put in to improve their skills can be likened to exacting dedication of Yokohama in consistently producing quality tires. We hope to highlight this similarity in supporting football in the Philippines.”

The event organized by CAN Sports saw at least a thousand spectators in opening day. Aside from the football, participants were also treated to mini-games in between their breaks. The same crowd is expected on the second day for the last day of the tournament.

NOFA & DFL holds 12 & Under Invitational Cup

The Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) in partnership with Dynamic Football League (DFL) will be holding the inaugural NOFA 12 & Under Invitational Cup this summer on May 3-7, 2017 in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Invited teams from all over the country will participate in this 9-a-side tournament over five days.


NOFA and DFL have been consistently providing avenues for grassroots football in the past three years with the aim of elevating the level of the game in Negros and all other teams that may participate in their scheduled events. Participants from the said event are for boys born January 1, 2005 and later with teams provided with free registration and a daily subsidy for players to boot.

Teams such as One La Salle, Ateneo, Southridge, and Claret will represent Luzon while Kakisa-Dumaguete, Bayawan, Springdale Titans, Don Bosco Cebu, I.Pag-asa, Jaro, Barotac, Green Global, San Carlos, Don Bosco Victorias, and Dynamic will represent Visayas. Mindanao will be duly represented by Davao, MARFA-North Cotabato, and Zadifa-Dipolog.


Games will be held in the Santa Maria football field beside the renowned Negros landmark: The Ruins. Teams will be treated on May the 3rd with a welcome dinner at the University of St. La Salle Covered Court with elimination matches and quarterfinals running from May 4 to 6. The Semis and Finals will be held on May 7 together with the awarding cermonies also to be held on the same day.