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UFL Launches Inaugural Preseason Tournament Featuring U-23 Azkals
In a bid to have clubs firing on all cylinders when the UFL Cup rolls around in early October, the United Football League has announced its first ever preseason competition. Set to kickoff on Saturday, September 7, the tournament will feature 15 teams, including the Under-23 Azkals.
The month-long competition will begin with a single round-robin group stage, where the sides have been separated into three equal groups. The top two teams from each group after the first round will then be redrawn into two groups of three, where another single round-robin will be played. The top two sides that emerge from each group will move on to the semi-finals, with the winners of the knockout matches facing each other in the finals.
Aside from Team Socceroo, Pachanga-Diliman, and PSG, all First Division clubs are participating. Union Internacional Manila, Forza, Cimarron, Philippine Navy, Laos, Dolphins United, and Manila All-Japan will be representing the Second Division.
Teams have been allowed to field 30-man squads for the preseason competition, a number that will have to be whittled down to 25 before the UFL Cup begins.
Group C has proven to be the most challenging of the three clusters, with double winners Stallion being grouped with Kaya and the U-23 Azkals. Given the format of the tournament, at least one of the three highly rated sides will be eliminated before the second round.
All matches will be played at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig City.
The groupings are as follows:
Union Internacional Manila
Green Archers United
September 7 Schedule
0800 – Green Archers v UIM
1000 – Global v Laos
1400 – Cimarron v Nomads
1600 – Army v Loyola
1800 – Forza v U-23 Azkals
2000 – Navy v Stallion