KICKOFF

RMC Davao United, Solido, CR7, NUFC-A sizzle in Philam 7s opener

An RMC booter tries to score a penalty kick off a wall during the Mixed 11 match between RMC and NUFC.

Philam Life 7s Football League Season 5 formally kicked off on Saturday with the Davao tournament staged at the Azuela Cove.

The seven-a-side football competition simultaneously kicked off in five locations namely McKinley Stadium in Taguig, in Muntinlupa, Clark, Bacolod, and Davao while the Iloilo leg is scheduled to open on Feb. 15.

In the opening men’s matches on Saturday, RMC Davao United routed DAVRAA 8-1, RMC Rookie turned back Ctahiana Hearts 4-2, CR7 Foodtruck edged Solido FC 4-3, Orlando FC swamped FCFC 8-0, Solido FC niped RMC Rookie 6-5, Orlando FC stopped CR7 Foodtruck 4-2, RMC Davao United survived Cathiana Hearts 4-3 and DAVRAA pulled off a 4-3 win over FCFC.

In the women’s open, Solido FC beat RMC 6-2, CR7 Foodtruck drubbed D’DS Khanj 5-1, Solido blanked Ateneo 10-0, CR7 routed RMC 7-0 and Ateneo edged Rebels 2-1.

In the mixed 11, Tamasak Panabo blanked Rovers FC 3-0, NUFC-A massacred FAMAH 13-0, NUFC-A routed Tamasak Panabo 10-1, Rovers tripped FAMAH  6-3, Tamasak beat AMSAI 5-2 and NUFC-A blasted AMSAI 8-0.

In the Davao tournament, 12 teams are entered in the 9 mixed, 14 teams in the 11 mixed, 6 teams in the 13 boys, 6 teams in the 15 boys, 6 teams in the women’s open, and 8 teams in the men’s open.

A total of 80 teams will see action in each game day with 24 in the men’s division, 10 in the women’s field, and 48 in the youth cluster.

League founder Anton del Rosario, a former defender for the Philippine Azkals, said expanding 7s Football has been the main priority for the tournament which led to the idea of holding opening matches across the three major islands of the country.

“One of the things we want to focus on was our expansion to these locations,” said del Rosario during a press conference last week at Belle and Dragon in Makati.

“We wanted to make sure that all of us are unified and working together. We sat down with each of the operators and got them all ready for the kick off this weekend.”

Batangas was initially set to join this weekend’s festivities but the organizers decided to push it back after the Taal Volcano eruption hampered the daily life in the province.