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UFL to hold Super Cup as season ender

Simon Greatwich (14) of the Loyola Meralco Sparks protects the ball against Green Archers United defender Ronnie Aguisinda (6) in UFL action at the Emperador Stadium, McKinley Hill, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Simon Greatwich (14) of the Loyola Meralco Sparks protects the ball against Green Archers United defender Ronnie Aguisinda (6) in UFL action at the Emperador Stadium, McKinley Hill, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

The country’s premier football competition, the United Football League will hold the first ever UFL Super Cup, which will take place shortly after the League campaign concludes in June. The prestigious new addition to the UFL season will pit the top six clubs of the 1st Division against each other in a knockout competition.

With the League currently in its third and final round, teams not involved in the title race, or the relegation battle, now have a massive incentive to fight for qualification in the season’s final chance for silverware.

The UFL Super Cup is expected to bring plenty of excitement, as the League’s best performers will be facing off in grueling two-legged ties in quick turnaround matches.

The League Champions and Runners-Up will be handed the privilege of waiting in the semifinal round, with the third and sixth, and the second and fourth seeds battling for places to join them.

As it stands, the teams that would be involved are UFL powerhouses Global, Kaya and Loyola Meralco Sparks, along with Stallion Giligan’s, Pachanga PLDT Home Fibr, and Green Archers United Globe. Philippine Army-GTI is currently just outside the qualification zone, but with six matches still to play, has every chance to change its fortunes.

Unlike in the Cup, the other knockout competition which takes place at the start of the season, the Super Cup will feature two-legged ties – with the score of the first game carrying over to the second clash. The format creates a thrilling dynamic where clubs are virtually pitted in a heated 180-minute match separated into two 90-minute bouts.

With only the very best of the 1st Division involved, the new addition to UFL competition is expected to wrap up the season in exciting style.

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