Football in Cebu is currently experiencing a renaissance as more kids are getting into the sport. This renaissance may have started nearly two decades ago when age-group tournaments first took flight in th eidland. During this time, football leaders in the sport started to give the young ones the chance to show their skills on the pitch. Prior to this time, tournaments were mainly for older players and young football players had to be contented with school-based competitions.
The Aboitiz Football Cup was conceived in 1999 and involved only a few teams from some football-playing schools in Cebu. Aside from perennial football powerhouses, like Don Bosco and Abellana, the tournament also saw the entry of young teams from PAREF Springdale School.
The Aboitiz Football Cup attracts over a hundred teams each year. The teams are divided into 18 categories at different age groups from the Under 7 Mix category to the Men’s Open category. The games are played in different football fields around Cebu, namely the Cebu City Sports Complex, PAREF Springdale, Don Bosco, and the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu football fields. The Aboitiz Football Cup is a project of the Aboitiz Croup of Companies and is managed by the Cebu Football Association. It is now the model program for grassroots development of the Philippine Football Federation.
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