IF after the Christmas holidays, you still have an extra P100,000 left in your pocket, you might want to hold on to that and wait for an announcement from Global FC, when it finally becomes Global Queen City FC, Cebu's representative in the Philippine League next year.
Dan Palami, the owner of Global FC, is open to having Cebuano investors in the team, which is planning to adopt the name of Global Queen City FC. Queen City, of course, is the former Cebu-based club that joined the United Football League a few years back, flying in their players almost weekly to Manila during the Cup and its campaign in Division 2. I knew it was such an expensive venture for team management, as aside from plan fare, they had to arrange transpo, accommodation and of course, food of the players during their Manila trips.
Using the name Global Queen City shows the people behind Cebu Queen City United getting involved in Philippine club football again and they sure picked the best one out there to be Cebu's representative
in the PFL as Global was the most successful club in the UFL, our country's de-facto top tier competition.
Anyway, like I said, if you want to be able to honestly, "I own that club," keep that P100,000 for now, I hear that's going to be how much a voting share for Global Queen City FC would be. If you can't afford that, perhaps you can go for those non-voting shares, which could be as low as P5,000.
Aside from Global's entry to Cebu, what I'm really excited about is what it could mean to youth football here. Global will be maintaining a youth program and to gauge its progress, the club will be sending youth teams to major international tournaments like the Gothia Cup, the world's biggest youth tournament held in Sweden.
How big is that tournament? Imagine, 15 or so years ago, a Cebuano got invited to join a Manila team that played the tournament and it was already major news here. Now, Global is planning to send a Cebuano team in the tournament.
The initial participation might not be spectacular but will tell us where our youth football stand compared to the rest of the world. We know where we stand nationally, and it's near the top or at the top.
Also, another interesting thing would be how a Global youth team will change the set-up of age group football in Cebu. The winners in the school-based competitions might not change, but if Global youth will be a selection of Cebu's best from the different schools, the club-based youth competition will surely go up a notch or two.
And if you have a club-based, step-ladder competition, and you have players who see action both for their school and Global would a “school vs. club” conflict arise? It could, but I believe, the Cebu community is no longer as fractured as before and any potential conflicts can be ironed out before they arise.
Just imagine what the local football festivals would be like with the entry of Global and some clubs might use how they perform against the team as their barometer for success in the tournament, aside from the title.
For the past three years or more, ever since Cebu Queen City bowed out in the UFL, we've been on the outside looking in in the Philippine club football scene, but now that we can have a team that we can truly call our own, things are looking bright for Cebu.