Local football champion Global FC is set to represent the Philippines in the Asian Champions League (ACL) slated in January.
The club will be playing against Singaporean top tier brigade Tampines Rovers FC in the first round of the east zone qualification stage on January 24.
The team’s berth to the premier club tournament in Asia was made possible through the announcement of the new allocation for the continental confederation’s East Zone last December 7.
In the new rankings released by the Asian Football Confederation earlier in the month, the Philippines were ranked at No. 11 in the 12-country list with Singapore placed at No. 12.
The top six clubs for the countries in the East Zone were given direct entries to the group stage of the Asian Champions League while the bottom six were given slots in the preliminary rounds.
Consequently, Global will be going through two more rounds of eliminations to qualify for the final tournament that will commence in the latter part of 2017.
Global FC will be making its appearance as the first Filipino squad to strut their talents in the premier tournament for clubs teams in the Asian region.
The Filipino team also made a paved the way for domestic squads after claiming the first Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup victory for the Philippines in 2015 against Myanmar’s Yadanarbon FC, 4-1.
They earned their ticket to the international stage after clinching back-to-back titles in the 2016 United Football League and 2016 United Football League Cup.
Meanwhile, last season’s domestic top tier Ceres Negros FC, who were previously known as Ceres La Salle FC, will be representing the country in the group stage of the AFC Cup.