November 1, 2016
The FFAST U16 team that participated in the 2016 Pilipinas Cup was among the top 4 teams of the U16 Cup division alongside Golden Harvest (formerly I-Pagasa), GOM and UST. The FF squad came out of the elimination round ranked 2nd in Group A with 6 points from winning over Singapore School (2-0) and UST (2-1), enabling them to qualify into the semi-finals round. However, the squad encountered a loss in the semis and was cut down to 10-men in the match for 3rd place, making it difficult to secure a repeat win over UST for a podium finish.
Despite the results, both the U14 and U16 FFAST teams that represented FF gained valuable experience and displayed remarkable teamwork and growth over the 4-day competition in Clark, Pampanga.
The U16 selection composed of Ron Valdemar, Adrian Ballesteros, Justin Tan, Jerssie Acebron, Rhoy Magtalas, Ethan Cheng, Julien Raguin, Jao Ogalesco, James Fulgencio, Sachi Otsuka, JB Cimafranca, Michael Dadula, Lucas delos Santos, Uno Lejano, Gerry Lopez, Spy Yu, Rhoy Magtalas, Patrick Major, Elijah Ku and Nacio Samonte.
The U14 selection included Yuri Polvorido, Miggy Samonte, Rian Castro, Ben Del Rosario, Enrico Marcelo, Jobert Espiritu, Ian Fabroa, Ziggy Ae, Vitor Valdez, Ian Chua, Deacon Eusebio, Raymond Flores, Kobie Brown, Nathan Ongcarranceja and Mano Matute.
Congratulations to all the players for your hardwork and commendable efforts and a big thank you to all the supportive FFAST families who came along to support the teams!
#futbolfunatics #ffast #pilipinascup2016
U16 FFAST Team U14 FFAST Team
September 13, 2016
Futbol Funatics would like to congratulate long time FF player Ysa Samonte for being selected as one of the 12 Philippine delegates (10-12 years old) being sent to the Astro Kem Bola Advanced Training Camp that will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 13 to 17. Ysa has been training under Futbol Funatics for many years at FF’s Tahanan Village camp and is a part of FF’s Advanced Training Program and Selection Team (FFAST) as well as the Forza FC UFL Youth Team Born 2005.
Ysa was one of the hundreds of youth football players who tried out to be part of the Astro Kem Bola Camp which had screenings in Metro Manila, Davao, Iloilo and Negros Occidental handled by Globe Telecom and their Football Para Sa Bayan initiative. The Philippine delegation will be meeting their selected counterparts from Singapore and Malaysia at the camp in Kuala Lumpur and from there a further selection will be made for a training program in Europe this December.
Congratulations, Ysa and good luck to all the Philippine delegates!
(1st photo:Ysa 2nd from left; 2nd photo: Ysa 4th from right; 3rd photo: Ysa on the right)
*photos provided by Samonte family
September 12, 2016
Futbol Funatics is pleased to announce the opening of the FF Day Care Club!
The FF Day Care Club is FF’s newest service that offers day care packages and toddler activities for children ages 1.6 to 4 years old.
The first branch has recently opened on El Grande Ave., BF Homes, Paranaque and offers monthly, weekly and daily packages to suit all types of lifestyles and parents’ needs. The main objective of the Club is to provide toddlers a stimulating and fun learning environment while simultaneously providing premium child care.
The activities are dynamic and are mainly focused on sports skills development, creativity and the arts, music and movement, Spanish language learning through FF’s Spanish Schoolyard Program and enhancement of listening skills. In the process, the children are also taught essential manners and values, learning how to share and respect others.
The Day Care is at the FF head office and is an air-conditioned matted facility with various zones—the Recreation Zone which is active play area; the Relaxation Zone where they have access to comfortable kiddie sofas and a library where they can browse through numerous English and Spanish children’s books; the Resting Lounge where they have their milk breaks and short naps; and the Refuel Zone which has the diaper-changing area, bathrooms and pantry.
For more information on the FF Day Care Club services and instructions on how to book, details can be found at http://www.futbolfunatics.com/ff-day-care-club or you can contact 0917-329-00-11 for more details.
June 20, 2016
The Forza FC U17 Girls Team won silver medals at the recently concluded United Football League Youth Tournament that ran from April to June 2016. Their UFL campaign ended with 3 wins and 1 loss in the elimination round, followed by a semi-finals win vs. Kaya FC which brought the team to the finals. The championship match was held on June 19 against Nomads FC ending with a 0-2 score in favor of the opponents. Nevertheless, the Forza FC girls team accomplished great achievements this summer having been Forza FC’s first time to enter a team in the girls division of the UFL.
The Forza FC youth teams are also handled by the founders of Futbol Funatics, Candice and Avery del Rosario, who enter U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17 age categories yearly in the UFL youth summer league.
The 2016 Forza U17 girls team is composed of Joanna Almeda, Danna Amposta, Mary Angelique Ballesteros, Gertrude Ann Bejo, Kathleen Bernas, Anicka Castañeda, Adrienne Co, Abigail Corvera, Alisha Clare Del Campo, Arantxa Del Mundo, Glynnes Dela Cruz, Cecile Deita, Junalyn Espiritu, Ana Beatriz Gemperle, Krizha Guteza, Daniella Jacinto, Maria Sophia Jacinto, Alex Jimenez,Natasha Lacson, Juliana Macarubbo, Julianna Aubrey Malenab, Bianca Maniquis, Sophia Manuel, Rocio Mercado, Margaret Mohammad, Toni Panes, Jill Panginiban, Nicole Peñalosa, Valerie Anne Polido, Guinevere Rocamora, MJ Saquilayan, Anna Marie Therese Singian and Mika Punzalan. Coaching staff was headed by Elyo Dillera and Lica Ibarra.
In addition to winning 2nd place, the team was also awarded the Fair Play trophy for the league.
Congratulations to all the players and a big thank you to the team’s sponsor, MBG Capital, as well as all the families and supporters of the U17 Forza Girls Team!
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June 18, 2016
Congratulations to all the Futbol Funatics players who were a part of the Forza FC U9 (born 2007/08) squad that won the Plate Championship of the United Football League (UFL) Youth Summer Tournament 2016!
The team won 3-1 in their finals today, June 18, against Stallions FC at the Alabang Country Club. Members of this squad were Aarv Ahuja, Miguel Atacador, Rocky Basas, Linus Bjornstad, Jai Brennan, Marco Colina, Diego Gonzales, Maxi Gonzalez, EJ Magsino, Alex Marzan, David Morada, Jonas Netland, Sebastian Paris, Enzo Pecana, Timo Reedijk, Matthew Richardson, Tyler Rosal, Alfonso Severino, Emilio Syjuco, Cedric Trance and Q Van den Bosch. The team was lead by coaches Mikkel Paris and Fred Balbin and sponsored by 8 Cuts Burger Blends.
May 20, 2016
November 9, 2015
Futbol Funatics’ FFAST players born 2002/2001/2000 represented FF in 3 FF teams entered in the U15 division of the PRU Life U.K. Football Tournament held at Ascom Field, Fort Bonifacio on November 8, 2015. FF’s yellow team won 3rd place among the 13 participating U15 teams which included notable opponents such as Army FC, Navy Fleet Marines FC and several Gawad Kalinga club teams.
We are pleased to see players growing and blossoming and most importantly, knowing how to enjoy themselves on and off the pitch while staying competitive. Congratulations to all the FFAST players for representing Futbol Funatics well! #futbolfunatics #FFAST
September 22, 2015
This 2015, we had a vision to share our football passion with the kids of Cebu City. We started off by selecting players to sponsor and bring to Manila over the summer to participate in the UFL youth league under another program we handle, Forza FC youth. The pioneer Cebu delegation composed of 7 Cebuano players who were handpicked by our Technical Director, Coach Ave. They were brought to Manila for the whole summer to train, play matches, engage in game analysis sessions, player evaluation discussions and team bonding activities– giving them opportunities to make new friends, create valuable memories and practice self-responsibility while living away from home. For FF, it is never just about the playing, winning or losing, but the entire experience of what football can bring and change in the lives of the players.
Last July, after the fruitful summer experience, we brought our Advanced Supplementary Training Program (FFAST) to Cebu for continuity in helping enhance the players’ skills and football knowledge as well as open doors for them to interact with our Manila players in the future.
By September, we offered our camp program for ages 3-6 as well and so far, the kids in our Beckham Buddies-Cebu program are having a blast!
The FF Cebu-based coaching team–Totot, Andre, Jhures and Dave–along with the FF-Manila community, would like to welcome all our new players in Cebu to Futbol Funatics! We look forward to more growth, opportunities and fun for these football lovers from the south!
For inquiries on Futbol Funatics – Cebu, pls text 0917-329-0011