Football

UFL introduces longer format for upcoming League competition

Sports5 file/Mark Dimalanta

Sports5 file/Mark Dimalanta

Local fans will enjoy more football action with the United Football League introducing a longer format for its upcoming League competition set to kick off this January.

The UFL on Saturday announced that Division One teams will play each other three times instead of two, increasing the matches of each squad and extending the League calendar a month longer. The team with the best record after the season wins the title.

“UFL fans can look forward to a First Division campaign that will run a month longer than last year’s, with rivals having to clash one extra time. The adjustment increases a team’s number of games from 18 to 24, reinforcing the idea that unlike the Cup, the League is a marathon, not a sprint,” the league said in a statement.

Only nine teams will see action in the first division after the decision of Nomads FC, a squad composed of mostly expats, to drop down to Division Two due to the foreign player cap rule.

The double-round robin format in the second division, meanwhile, will be retained.

Stallion FC is aiming to defend its League crown last season, while the Loyola Meralco Sparks are targeting to sweep the season’s silverware after winning the Cup last December.

Powerhouse Global FC is seeking to hoist once again the League title it won in 2012, while Kaya FC, Pachanga-Diliman FC, Green Archers United Globe, Pasargad FC, Philippine Army and newly-promoted Team Socceroo are also looking to put up a fight in the competition.

This year’s League action will start on January 11.

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