Philippine Floorball Association kicked off PFL season 2017-2018
The Philippine Floorball Association (PFA) successfully closed the Philippine Floorball League (PFL) season 2017-2018 U-17 division last December 2 at the College of Human Kinetics Gym in UP Diliman. John Dewey Outliers defended their title against rival Amoranto QC FC in a tight match resulting to 3-1, while USFC-Zobel Archers grabbed the 3rd spot after winning 3-2 against North QC FC. Congressman Mark Sambar of the PBA Party list and Peter Eriksson, Head Coach of the Philippines’ Men’s Floorball team were present to award a brand new Fitbit Blaze to season Fitbit MVP, Aristeo Perol, and the GaZtronaut all-stars certificates to Raemon Joshua Dancalan, Rafael Balais, Elonzo Ines, Aristeo Perol, Mervel Molina and Monica Promono. The men’s and women’s divisions will start on January 20 and February 17, respectively, and is projected to finish in April 2018.
Floorball is a versatile, fast-paced, indoor team sport where two teams of six players try to outscore each other on a hard, even floor, using plastic sticks with blades and a plastic hollow ball. It was introduced in the Philippines in 2008 and by 2011, the Philippines became the 53rd member country recognized by the International Floorball Federation (IFF) with the Philippine Floorball Association as it’s sole governing body. Through the PFA, the sport has been taught and promoted at a national scale, with seminars and workshops in Manila, Cebu and Davao, and an annual local club league, the Philippine Floorball League.
With PFA’s initiatives, the Philippines has been represented internationally: in the 1st Southeast Asian Floorball Championships in December 2014 (men’s and women’s); in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore in June 2015 (men’s); and at the Asia-Oceania Floorball Confederation (AOFC) Cup in Bangkok, Thailand in July 2017 (men’s). To keep up with the level of competition in Southeast Asia and in the global arena, the PFA will be sending the women’s and men’s national floorball teams to the AOFC Cup 2018 in Singapore and China, respectively. The preparations for the said tournaments begun in October 2017, headed by Martin Halgh and Peter Eriksson, for the women’s and men’s teams, respectively. In December 2017, Noel Johanssen, coach of Swedish team, Kais Mora, together with Kais Mora team player, Sandra Rengren, visited the Philippines and conducted a 3-day training camp for the men’s and women’s national team players.
Floorball in the Philippines is steadily growing. The sport has a big potential for Filipinos to enjoy and love since it is easy to play, safe, and fast-paced.
The Philippine Floorball Association have been taking big steps to further develop the players and promote the sport in preparation for the Southeast Asian Games in 2019, which the Philippines will be hosting.
If you want to play or start your own team, contact the Philippine Floorball Association through mobile: 0906 233 7710 or through email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow them on social media:
instagram and twitter: @PHI_floorball
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