Avid Filipino football fans are in for a treat as the Philippine Premier League (PPL) is set to reinvigorate the local club football scene starting on late March this year.
League commissioner Bernie Sumayao, along with PFF head honcho Nonong Araneta and tournament director Richard Gannaban took turns in providing a glimpse of what to expect in the said league.
“The PPL is a new entity, it’s a rebirth, it’s a reboot. Our agenda is to be able to reach the same level as what we see around today,” said Sumayao in the press conference held in Fairmont Hotel in Makati on Wednesday morning.
“It’s about time that we do something in our country to at least be on par if not surpass what is happening around the region. This is the vision that the PPL has,” he added.
Eight participating teams are slated to compete in a triple round-robin format and games will be played on weekends. Matches are to be held in centralized venues — starting from the ones already available here in Metro Manila.
The league, however, does intend to explore the idea of holding fixtures in various provinces as the tourney progresses.
In addition, ESPN5 will be the league’s official TV partner through 5 Plus, as matches are to be aired live on both television and social media livestream platforms.
But more importantly, Sumayao intends to prioritize in engaging fans by creating avenues for a memorable fan experience – starting from putting in live music performances, attractions, and even giveaways during the games.
“We intend to have fan engagement activities during our matches. We want PPL games to be a fun experience for everyone in the family. For a couple of weeks, all the matches will be played in a specific location, and it will become a massive community event. We will have concerts, we will have fairs, we will have activations, we will have fan engagement, we will have players meet and greet,” detailed Sumayao.
“All these ideas put together will create a highly festive event in a particular area. And that’s what we really need to encourage to get people engaged in football,” he ended.