The Philippine-American Football League (PAFL) was founded in 2016 and is known as “the home of American football in the Philippines.” The PAFL was founded after the Philippine Tackle Football League (PTFL) folded in 2015, which left the Philippines without any leagues playing American football.
Today, the PAFL is rising in popularity across the country, and the up-and-coming league is the exclusive professional promotion for American football in the country and has all its games broadcasted on ESPN5.
Because the league is still young and has seen its fourth season suspended and delayed due to coronavirus lockdowns in the Philippines, there aren’t any PAFL betting lines at any of the major online sportsbooks right now. However, when these online sports betting sites start offering betting lines and odds on the PAFL, we’ll be the first to let you know.
Is Betting on the PAFL Legal in the Philippines?
Even though there aren’t any PAFL betting lines offered by online sportsbooks at this time, it is legal for residents of the Philippines who are 18 or older to participate in legal football betting. The following operators are the safest legal online sportsbooks to bet on the PAFL and all other popular Filipino and international sports.
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Can I bet on the PAFL at MegaSportsWorld?
Unfortunately, MegaSportsWorld (MSW) – the domestic sportsbook of the Philippines – does not allow Filipinos to bet on any sporting events taking place inside the country, per national Philippines gambling law.
This means that PAFL betting lines and odds will only be offered at MSW if the laws of the country change (which could happen sooner than later as expanded gambling rolls out thanks to relaxed views on the pastime by the Philippines legislature).
For now, residents of the Philippines can only bet on the PAFL at legal offshore sportsbooks. The same is true for all PH-based sports leagues, including the massively popular PBA.
Philippine-American Football League Format
The PAFL’s fourth season kicked off in 2019, with ESPN5 as the official broadcaster for the league. All PAFL games were to be broadcast through ESPN5’s YouTube channel, but the coronavirus pandemic has caused the league to suspend operations after just four games, leaving 2022 as the likely return to the gridiron.
The league began with five clubs but now features these seven teams:
Each team competes in a single round robin format throughout the course of the season. The top four teams make it to the knockout stage in the semifinals, and the winners of those two games advance to the finals. The team that wins that game is crowned PAFL champion for the season.
PAFL Season 4 Preview
The 2019 PAFL season – the league’s fourth since its founding in 2016 – officially got underway at the beginning of October. However, due to emerging coronavirus issues at the tail end of 2019, the league went on hiatus after just four games. Before the pause, these were the individual contest results:
- October 6: Vipers 21, Wildboars 18
- October 6: Datu 24, Wolves 10
- October 13: Vipers 7, Datu 51
- October 13: Wildboars 0, Wolves 74
It is unclear if the 2022 PAFL season will see a continuation of the 2019 PAFL season or if the fourth season will simply reset and play from a clean slate. The 2022 PAFL schedule is currently TBA.
PAFL Season 3 Regular Season Recap
All PAFL Season 3 games were held at the Blue Pitch Circuit in Makati. The season, then comprised of six teams, concluded with the Wolves winning their second straight championship. The final regular-season standings were as follows:
- Wolves: 5-0
- Cavemen: 4-1
- Datu: 3-2
- Warriors: 2-3
- Juggernauts: 1-4
- Rebels: 0-5
PAFL Season 3 Playoffs Recap
- 2018 PAFL Semifinal Game 1: Wolves 48, Warriors 8
- 2018 PAFL Semifinal Game 2: Cavemen 6, Datu 0
- 2018 PAFL Championship: Wolves 24, Cavemen 16
Past PAFL Champions
- Season 1: Rough Riders
- Season 2: Wolves
- Season 3: Wolves