Philippine football body to receive financial aid from FIFA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 10) – The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) announced on Friday it will receive a $1.5 million (₱74 million) financial grant from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s (FIFA) COVID-19 Relief Plan.

PFF President Nonong Araneta Jr. said the $1 million of the FIFA’s financial grant will be used to fund football development projects in the country once the COVID-19 pandemic eases. While the remaining $500,000 will be allocated for the development of women’s football in the country.

The FIFA COVID-19 Relief Plan is the initiative of the world football governing body in helping its member national associations cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Member associations will receive US$1 million in two tranches – the first on July 2020, and the second in January 2021. This will help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Araneta in a statement.

Araneta added he will call for a meeting with the PFF Board of Governors to discuss the proper expenditures of the financial aid from FIFA.

The country’s top football official bared the PFF provided financial assistance to game officials affected by the pandemic.

“As what we have said in FIFA, football really gives back. Both FIFA and PFF are here to jumpstart football in the country,” Araneta said.

Meanwhile, the PFF also announced the new dates for the three remaining fixtures of the Philippine Azkals in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022/AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualifiers Round 2.

The matches were initially scheduled last March and June, but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Azkals’ three matches will now be played in October and November.

The Filipino booters will battle Guam on October 8, China on November 12, and Maldives on November 17.

The Azkals are tied with China for second place in Group A, with seven points. Syria sits in the pole position of the group with 15 points.