Last Saturday, August 21 2010, Aboitiz Foundation Inc., and the Cebu Football Association (CFA) signed a memorandum of agreement for this year’s staging the 13th Aboitiz Football Cup (AFC) as the football cup kicks off this August 29, 2010 and TambayanBox was there to witness the event.
The first Aboitiz Football Cup in 1997 was played at the Cebu City Sports Center. Since 2009, the Football Cup was held at the Aboitiz Sports Field and the 13th Aboitiz Football Cup will also be held at the same venue. The Aboitiz Sports Field is the first international size field in Cebu located along M. Logarta St, North Reclamation Area, Subangdaku, Mandaue City, boasting its 120m x 90m professional field and its two 60m x 40m kiddie fields.
Last year’s Aboitiz Football Cup, kicked off August 30, 2009 which was participated by 98 teams in all categories and it ran until January 31, 2010. With this year’s Aboitiz Footbal Cup, 13th Aboitiz Football Cup, they are aiming for an even bigger football cup this year. Mr. Jon Ramon Aboitiz of the The Aboitiz Foundation Inc., has revealed that the Foundation’s funding for this year’s Cup increased to P1.1 million from P690 thousand in last year’s football cup.
During the MOA Signing and Check Turn-over held last August 21, 2010, Aboitiz Foundation President Jon Ramon Aboitiz, Cebu Football Association (CFA) Vice-President Eleazer Toledo, signed the MOA. Aboitiz Foundation EVP Sonny Carpio, Aboitiz Equity Ventures Chief Reputation Office Sebastian Lacson, AboitizLand AVP for External Affairs Allan Alfon and CFA tournament Director Adonis Quintoy witnessed the signing. The Cebu Football Association received the first check worth P200,00 as the initial funding for the Footbal Cup.
The Aboitiz Football Cup should serve as a venue for talented Football players to showcase their talents. This will also help in the promotion of football in Cebu. Also, with the change from cup-type format to league-type format on the 13th Aboitiz Football Cup, each team will now be able to play more games for the whole season, thus players will be exposed to more games and they will be able to hone their skills with more chances of playing competitively.
For interested teams, you can still register your team until Wednesday, August 25, 2010. Registration fee is P2,500. Doing the Math, with 25 members on each team and roughly 9 games that your team will play in one season, that is an investment of roughly 11 pesos per game.
On a lighter note, we were promised that we will get updated results, standings and stats for the event so I will try my best to post 13th Aboitiz Football Cup results and standings, here. The 13th Aboitiz Football Cup will run until February 2011.