THE FOURTH season of the 7s Football League commences later this week with the staging of the first-ever Philam Vitality Kampeon 7s Cup at the McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig City.

A two-day event, happening from July 27-28, the Philam Vitality Kampeon 7s Cup will feature all-star squads from Manila, Bacolod, Cebu, and Davao, cities with their respective 7s Football League tournaments, which will battle it out to determine the country’s best 7s football squad.

Proponents of the tournament said the Kampeon 7s Cup is in line with their thrust of using 7s football as a platform to create opportunities for people across the country as well as further promote the sport of football.

“The 7s Football League is in four major cities across the nation now: Manila, Bacolod, Cebu, and Davao. In order to bring it all together, I thought it would be best to create a tournament to see who the best is in the country,” said 7s Football founder and Manila Commissioner Anton Del Rosario at the press conference for the tournament and the new season on July 18 in Makati City.

“What I have done together with Philam Vitality is to have these cities put together all-star teams composed of 10 Filipinos and four imports to represent their cities. We will be flying teams to Manila to compete on July 27 and 28 to see who the best in the country. That’s what the KAMPEON 7s is all about: creating opportunity for people across the country,” he added.

Mr. Del Rosario went on to say that the Philam Vitality Kampeon 7s Cup is only the first tournament of what is going to be a packed season for the league, with more cities/teams expected to be taken in and involving squads from Brunei, and possibly Singapore and Malaysia.

He also shared that the league is to get added dimension this season as they are set to raise funds for cancer patients by way jersey auctions and in-venue activities beginning in the upcoming Philam Vitality Kampeon 7s Cup.

With Mr. Del Rosario at the press conference last week were Bernadette Chincuanco, Philam Life Head of Branding and Communications; Kats Cajucom, Head of AIA-Philam Life’s Philam Vitality program; Leonard Tan, CMO of Philam Life; Faezal Murni, 7s Football League Brunei partner; and Belay Fernando, former Philippine women’s national team player. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo