^ Temporary home stadium in Capas, Tarlac. However, United City's partner local government unit is the nearby province of Pampanga, where they plan to build its own stadium.  ^ Originally founded as Ceres-La Salle, and was renamed to United City following MMC Sportz's takeover in 2020. ^ United City won the league title in the 2020 season, at the time it has no official home venue or locality yet.
Media coverage Press conference held prior to a league match between Ceres-Negros and Kaya-Iloilo. May 11, 2018. The Philippine Football Federation had an agreement with the People's Television Network to broadcast matches of the league which was signed in April 2017 though the network coverage of the league didn't last at least half a season.  Matches since then were live streamed through the MyCujoo online platform.  On February 22, 2018, the league had signed an agreement with Sportradar which would enable it livestream matches through Sportradar's Over-The-Top (OTT) platform.  In April 2018, Liga Futbol Inc. approved a budget to secure a broadcasting partner for the 2018 season.  For the 2019 season, all matches were streamed on Facebook and the league's official website.
^ United City is the same club as Ceres–Negros. References ^ a b c "Ceres FC ready to apply for PFL license". The Visayan Daily Star. 15 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. ^ a b Bautista, Roehl Niño (2 December 2013). "Philippine Football Federation set to launch national league". GMA News. Retrieved 8 September 2016. ^ a b c Del Rosario, Paolo (6 September 2016). "PFF bares plans for national football league". CNN Philippines. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
From 2021: The league's champions qualify directly for the group stage of the tournament; the winners of the Copa Paulino Alcantara (or the league's second placers, only for the 2020 season) qualify for the preliminary round of the play-offs, and they have to renounce to their slot in the AFC Cup in case of advancement to the group stage. 2017: The league's second placers qualify directly for the group stage of the tournament, with third placers eligible to replace them whether they were unable to play in the competition; if the league's champions failed to advance to the group stage of AFC Champions League, they would still benefit from a free slot in the tournament. 2018–2020: The winners of the Copa Paulino Alcantara qualify directly for the group stage of the tournament; if the league's champions failed to advance to the group stage of AFC Champions League, they would still benefit from a free slot in the tournament.
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 Singapore-based Red Card Global, a sports marketing agency has exclusive commercial rights to the PFL.  Each club had to pay a franchise fee to participate in the league.  Reportedly in April 2017, the franchise fee was pegged at $500, 000 by the PFF which can be paid by member clubs within a period of five years.  The league is professional in nature, clubs are intended to have a share of the league's broadcast revenues and sponsorship.
 Launch The Philippines Football League was officially announced on September 7, 2016 and would be replacing the UFL as the Philippines' top-tier football league.  At least six teams from all over the Philippines was planned to be part of the PFL, with clubs from the UFL invited to join.
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Each club is allowed to be assisted by the league in securing their own sponsors.  The professional status of the league is recognized by the Games and Amusements Board, the regulatory body for professional sports in the Philippines.  In October 2018, the Philippines Football Federation was awarded the League Development award by the Asian Football Confederation for its organization of the PFL.
 Philippines Football League Team Location Stadium Capacity Joined PFL Team founded Best finish Ref. Azkals Development Team[a] Carmona, Cavite PFF National Training Center[b] 1, 000 2020 3rd (2020) Dynamic Herb Cebu Cebu City Dynamic Herb–Borromeo Sports Complex 500 2022 2021 TBD  Kaya–Iloilo Iloilo City Iloilo Sports Complex 7, 000 2017 1996 2nd (2018, 2019, 2020)  Maharlika Manila Manila Rizal Memorial Stadium 12, 873 5th (2020) Mendiola 1991 Imus, Cavite City of Imus Grandstand and Track Oval[c] 4, 800 2019 1991 4th (2020) Stallion Laguna Biñan, Laguna Biñan Football Stadium 2, 580 2002 3rd (2019)  United City (Ceres-Negros) Capas, Tarlac New Clark City Athletics Stadium[d] 20, 000 2012[e] 1st (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) Timeline League member Former member Guest team Champions Organization The Philippines Football League, along with the PFF Cup, is managed by Liga Futbol Inc.
 The new format proceeded as planned, with Ceres–Negros claiming their third consecutive league title despite internal managerial struggles.  The PFL secured a three-year sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways on January 26, 2020, with the Qatari firm becoming the Airline partner and Title Sponsor of the PFL.  Negotiations for deal occurred as early as November 2019.  The league was formally renamed as "The Philippines Football League brought to you by Qatar Airways" as a result of the sponsorship.  The 2020 season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was later held in a bio-secure bubble in Carmona, Cavite from October 28 to November 9, 2020, while the edition of the Copa Paulino Alcantara was cancelled, due to the time constraints caused by the original postponement.  Ceres-Negros, which had just sustained an ownership change and got renamed as "United City F.
 The task force was tasked to do market research studies to determine the possible cities or regions where participating football clubs could be feasibly based, as well as assisting clubs in the Philippines to conform to the PFF club licensing regulations, of which the draft was initiated by Atty. Edwin Gastanes, with guidance from AFC. The PFF initially set a goal to launch the national league in two to three years from the inception of the task force.  Singaporean sports marketing agency, Red Card Group led by former Singaporean international, R.
 The Qatar Airways sponsorship deal signed with the league in January 2020 includes provisions to broadcast selected matches live on television.  On October 15, during the virtual conference of the official launch of the 2020 PFL season, PFF President Mariano Araneta announced the partnership with One Play Sports as digital content partner.  Matches for the 2020 season were broadcast on cable television through EXPTV on Cignal and on the PFL's social media.  Notes ^ Has entered the PFL as a guest, a non-professional club ^ The PFF is the operator of the PFF National Training Center, and is the ADT's home venue as they are under the PFF's operation. ^ Mendiola plan to host matches at a temporary home venue while the club's stadium is being constructed.
From 2021: The winners of the Copa Paulino Alcantara (or the league's second placers, only for the 2020 season) qualify directly for the group stage of the tournament. Clubs Greater Manila Area (4 clubs)Locations of clubs for the 2022 Philippines Football League season. Eleven clubs have played in the PFL since its inception in 2017, up to and including the 2020 season. The following six teams competed in the 2020 edition; three of them have been competing since 2017, while the Azkals Development Team (as guests) and Maharlika Manila made their official debut. The most recent expansion team is Cebu F. C., which will make their debut in the upcoming 2021 season.
PFF inks three-year partnership with Qatar Airways for the PFL Qatar Airways named as Title Sponsor and Airline Partner of Philippines Football on ground and online brand integration and visibility including live