Alaska Milk held the 2014 Alaska Football Cup last November 29 and 30, 2014 at the Ayala Alabang Country Club in Muntinlupa where players of all ages, from as young as six years old, participated. Here are some of the scenes during the first day of competition.
The open area of the Ayala Alabang Country Club was transformed last weekend into 28 football fields wherein over 300 teams of more than 4,500 players competing in the different categories. Over 120 game officials officiated the more than 750 seven-a-side games played.
As a media participant, I got the chance to watch the various games simultaneously happening. I admit I’m not really that knowledgeable with football, but watching how these kids played really got me more interested in the sport. Regardless of age or gender, you feel their passion in playing the game and even when they’re off the field for a game, they’re still playing football, one way or another!
The weather was a little unpredictable during the first day as we got some sunshine, some rains, and some clouds, but overall, the day was pleasant. It didn’t get too hot because of the clouds, but occasionally it got a bit too wet because of the drizzle that would visit every now and then.
Eventually, there would be winners, and there would be the non-winners, and there would be emotions. I remember watching a game during its final minutes where the goal keeper can’t avoid her tears from flowing as they lost their game. Sad to see children crying, but it helps them learn on how to deal with setbacks. Anyway, I didn’t think anyone really “lost” during the games as everyone got a chance to show their skills and play.
At the end of the day, I realized that football is really a great sport for everyone, of all ages, especially the kids! All you need is some flat open space and a ball and the kids would do the rest. It gives them an outlet for their overflowing energy, and it teaches them a lot of things like teamwork, discipline, etc. And it’s good that they start young—maybe some of them would grow to be the next football superstar!
The Alaska Football Cup is now on its 19th year and is one of the country’s most successful grassroots development program in football. This year’s players came from all over the Philippines including Masbate, Baguio, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Legaspi, Laguna, Batangas, Bukidnon, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Ilocos, Bicol, Romblon, Davao Sur, Compostela Valley, Quezon, Cavite, Albay, Pangasinan, Bacolod, Iloilo, Mindoro, and Metro Manila.
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