As the numbers of positive COVID-19 cases rise here in the country and throughout the Southeast Asian region, the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) was forced to postpone a few scheduled tournaments in the region to prevent the spread of this infectious disease.
In a statement released on the 25th of March, 2020, the AFF postponed to a later date the upcoming AFF U18 Women’s Championship (June 2020), AFF U16 Boys’ Championship (July 2020), and the AFF U19 Boys’ Championship (August 2020) where the Philippines are set to join the said tournaments.
The AFF Women’s Championship qualifiers were also postponed to a later date which is supposed to be hosted here in the country in May-June 2020.
Another one that got the COVID-19 hit is the inaugural ASEAN Club Championship where the three-time Philippines Football League champions Ceres-Negros FC was set to represent the country got postponed until 2021.
On a lighter note, other AFF competitions scheduled for the latter part of the year including the AFF U15 Girls’ Championship (September 2020), and the AFF Suzuki Cup (November 2020) is set to push through.
In this trying times, the PFF exhorts the general public, football stakeholders and fans, to stay safe and comply with the government pronouncements on the COVID-19 pandemic as well as practice the prescribed health and safety precautions to help contain the spread of the virus.