IFAF Asia Oceania Flag Football Championships: Club and country connection fuels Philippines challenge

The Philippines might be making its international debut at the IFAF Asia Oceania Flag Football Championships, but familiarity established among players at club level means the men’s national team expects to be on the same page come kickoff time in Malaysia.

Squad members play either with or against each other in league competitions and since all live within relatively close proximity they can avoid some of the challenges faced by other nations in terms of training together to prepare for the upcoming tournament. The team puts decision making to the collective, choosing to coach as a unit rather than employ a head coach.


“Overall, we pretty much know everyone’s strengths and we’re an hour away from each other, so practicing regularly isn’t that hard for us,” explains wide receiver Bryan Reyes. “I would say we’re very coachable and we’re open to the veterans and even to the new players coming in with ideas.”

Reyes already has an established chemistry with quarterback R.D. Valdez as the pair plays together for club team the Panthers in Manilla.

RD Valdez Photo: Lorenzo Buenafe

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