Premier Volleyball League


The Premier Volleyball League (PVL) is a women's professional volleyball league in the Philippines organized by Sports Vision Management Group, Inc. The league began in 2004 as the Shakey's V-League, a women's collegiate league. Since 2011, the league became open to participation of corporate clubs and other non-collegiate teams.

Premier Volleyball League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2022 Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference
Premier Volleyball League Philippines logo.svg
FormerlyShakey's V-League
FounderJun Bernardino
Moying Martelino
Ricky Palou
Inaugural season2004
MottoThe Heart of Volleyball
No. of teams10
Venue(s)Filoil Flying V Arena, Philsports Arena, Mall of Asia Arena
ContinentAVC (Asia)
Most recent
Creamline Colors.svg Creamline Cool Smashers
Most titlesCreamline Colors.svg Creamline Cool Smashers (4 titles)
TV partner(s)One Sports
Cignal TV[1][2]
Streaming partner(s)Cignal Play
Smart Giga Play


Shakey's V-LeagueEdit

Shakey's V-League logo

The Premier Volleyball League was established in 2004 as the Shakey's V-League by Sports Vision Management Group, Inc. led by Jun Bernardino, Ricky Palou, Moying Martelino, and Rhea Navarro who were businessmen previously known for being men's basketball patrons.[3] The Shakey's V-League was initially an inter-collegiate women's league with teams from the UAAP, NCAA, CESAFI among others playing in the league.[4] The league's establishment was in cooperation with Shakey's Pizza (Philippines)[3] which was the league's title sponsor until 2016.[5] Prior to the league's establishment, volleyball has been in a state of stagnation since 1990s with the highest level of volleyball being the women's tournament of the Metro Manila-based UAAP.[3]

The UST Golden Tigresses won the inaugural V-League championship in 2004 defeating the La Salle Lady Archers. But the De La Salle University have won the next three conferences of the said league defeating their arch-rivals, UST Tigresses in both conferences of Season 2 and SSC - R Lady Stags in Season 3, sweeping them both in the Finals of the three conferences.

The UST Tigresses returned to the League in 2007, after missing Season 3, winning both conferences of Season 4 by defeating the SSC-R Lady Stags in both finals series.

Year 2008 saw the crowning of two other schools aside from UST and DLSU. Adamson University won the championship in the first conference of Season 5 defeating the Ateneo Lady Eagles while San Sebastian College-Recoletos Lady Stags won the second conference of season 5 by sweeping the two comebacking champion teams: DLSU Lady Archers in the semifinals and UST Tigresses in the finals.

However, the Tigresses made history via a "three-peat" winning their fourth, fifth and sixth championships by sweeping both conferences of Season 6 by defeating SSC-R and Adamson, respectively in both championship series, and again winning the first conference of Season 7 by beating SSC-R for the fourth time in the finals. It was the battle for silver of the last two conferences when Adamson University faced the Lady Stags of SSC-R in the finals of the 2nd Conference Season 7. Adamson won its second V-League crown after defeating San Sebastian 2–1 in their Finals series.

In the 1st Conference Season 8, the Ateneo Lady Eagles won their first Shakey's V-League crown by thumping defending champions Adamson in the Finals. The 2nd Conference of Season 8 was renamed the Shakey's V-League Open Conference as it was opened to non-school teams. Four non-school teams joined the tournament, namely, the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force and Maynilad. The Philippine Army won their first Shakey's V-League championship. Season 8-Open Conference, Shakey's V-League will also aired on GMA Life TV, GMA News TV and GMA Pinoy TV for the international viewers.

Philippine Navy vs. Ateneo de Manila University

The Shakey's V-League welcomed the participation of corporate and non-collegiate teams starting 2011.[4]

Season 9 was locally aired on AKTV on IBC13 and the Hyper channel.

Beginning its 10th Season, Shakey's V-League's new broadcasting partner was GMA News TV. Matches were aired at 1PM to 3PM during weekdays, and 12:45PM to 2:30PM during Saturdays. On May 26, 2013, Shakey's V-League held its first live TV coverage via GMA News TV. It is also announced that the Game 3 matches, both for Championship and the Battle for 3rd will be aired live on GMA News TV on June 2, 2013. In Season 10 Open Conference, Cagayan Valley made history as the Lady Rising Suns scored a 16–0 sweep en route to the team's first V-League title with a 2–0 series win over Smart-Maynilad Net Spikers.

On October 2, 2014, it was reported[6] that a men's division will be included in its 21st conference with four teams.

On May 24, 2016, it was officially announced that Shakey's V-League will now be aired on S+A Channel 23 following an agreement between Sports Vision, Shakey's and ABS-CBN Sports.

Premier Volleyball LeagueEdit

The Shakey's V-League changed its name to the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) starting the 2017 season.[7] The Spikers' Turf, which was spun-off from the league in 2015, was merged back to the PVL and was rebranded as the PVL's men's division.[7] The renaming was part of a bid to secure more sponsorship for the league.[8] There was a plan to rename the league to the Philippine Volleyball League instead[9][10] but this was abandoned due to another entity already owning the name.[7] The order of its conference was also changed with the league beginning with the import-laden Reinforced Conference and the Open Conference being held close to the start of the UAAP and NCAA tournaments which is usually held near the year's end. Prior to this, the Open Conference was traditionally held earlier.[11]

The PVL men's division ended with the 2018 PVL Collegiate Conference as its final tournament. The men's division reverted to the Spikers' Turf. The first tournament since the revert was the Open Conference in October 2018.[12]

The 2020 season was indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic[13] and there were plans to start the season with the Open Conference instead of the Reinforced Conference in September 2020 due to logistics issue of flying in imports for the latter.[14]

Professional eraEdit

In October 2020, the Philippines' Games and Amusements Board (GAB) issued a directive that players compensated for non-national team play would be considered as professionals, as well as all sporting events organized for profit. This has raised concerns regarding the status of leagues such as the PVL and its rival league, the Philippine Super Liga (PSL).[15] The PVL in particular was concerned over the financial aspects of operating as a professional league.[16]

In November 2020, the PVL announced that the league would turn professional starting with the 2021 season,[16] believing it has enough women players to make the move. The league was already considering move for some time due to the collegiate league UAAP deciding to bar its rookies from playing in commercial leagues starting its UAAP Season 81 (2018-19) in anticipation that all college players would not be allowed to play in the PVL eventually.[17] Prior to the league's professionalization, the PVL was considered as semi-professional and thus, its affairs were not supervised or regulated by the GAB.[18] Six PVL teams—BaliPure, Banko Perlas, Choco Mucho, Creamline, Motolite, and Petro Gazz—agreed to the move of the PVL turning professional.[17]

A new separate league, to be called the V-League, will be formed to accommodate collegiate and amateur teams which could no longer participate in the PVL due to the league's professionalization.[19] Prior to its professionalization, the PVL hosted a collegiate conference.[20]

Prior to the start of the 2021 season, five PSL teams—Chery Tiggo, Cignal HD, F2 Logistics, PLDT, and Sta. Lucia—joined the PVL, which rendered the PVL a "unified" professional league, leaving the PSL with only three inactive member teams.[21][22]

In 2022, a rookie draft system will be introduced to the PVL, which means that teams will no longer be allowed to directly hire players like they did in the past.[23]


Active club teamsEdit

Club Sponsor Coach Captain 2022 Invitational
  Akari Chargers Akari Lighting & Technology Corporation   Jorge Edson   TBA debuting on 2022 Reinforced
  BaliPure Purest Water Defenders Balibago Waterworks System, Inc.   Rommel Abella   Alina Joyce Bicar did not compete
  Army Black Mamba Lady Troopers Philippine Army and Corbridge Group   Emilio Reyes Jr.   Jovelyn Gonzaga 5th
  Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Crossovers United Asia Automotive Group, Inc.   Clarence Esteban   Maika Ortiz 8th
  Choco Mucho Flying Titans Republic Biscuit Corporation   Oliver Almadro   Bea de Leon 7th
  Cignal HD Spikers Cignal TV, Inc.   Cesael Delos Santos   Rachel Anne Daquis [to be determined]
  Creamline Cool Smashers Republic Biscuit Corporation   Sherwin Meneses   Alyssa Valdez [to be determined]
  F2 Logistics Cargo Movers F2 Logistics Philippines   Benson Bocboc   Abigail Maraño did not compete
  Petro Gazz Angels PetroGazz Ventures Phils. Corp.   Arnold Laniog   Relea Ferina Saet 6th
  PLDT High Speed Hitters Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company   George Pascua   Rhea Dimaculangan [to be determined]

Inactive club teamsEdit

Club Sponsor Former Coach Former Captain Last Conference Competed
  Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors Sta. Lucia Realty and Development Corporation   Eddieson Orcullo   Rubie De Leon 2021 Open
  Perlas Spikers Beach Volleyball Republic and Cosmetique Asia Corporation   Reynaldo Diaz Jr.   Jamenea Ferrer 2021 Open

Result summaryEdit

Women's divisionEdit

Season Conference   Champions   Runners-up   Third place
2017 Reinforced   Pocari Sweat   BaliPure   Creamline
Open   BaliPure   Pocari Sweat   Creamline
Collegiate   National University   Far Eastern University   Arellano University
2018 Reinforced   Creamline   PayMaya   BanKo Perlas
Collegiate   University of the Philippines   Far Eastern University   Adamson University
Open   Creamline   AteneoMotolite   BanKo Perlas
2019 Reinforced   Petro Gazz   Creamline   Pacific Town-Army
Open   Creamline   Petro Gazz   BanKo Perlas
Collegiate   Adamson University   University of Santo Tomas   Ateneo de Manila University
2020 tournament cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Open   Chery Tiggo   Creamline   Petro Gazz
2022 Open   Creamline   Petro Gazz   Cignal
Invitational TBA
Reinforced TBA

Men's divisionEdit

Season Conference   Champions   Runners-up   Third place
2017 Reinforced   Cignal   Philippine Air Force   Philippine Army
Open   Cignal   Megabuilders   Philippine Air Force
Collegiate   Ateneo De Manila University   Far Eastern University   University of Santo Tomas
2018 Reinforced   Philippine Air Force   Cignal   Vice Cosmetics
Collegiate   National University   University of Santo Tomas   Far Eastern University
2019 see Spikers' Turf


Women's divisionEdit

Team   Champions   Runners-up   Third place Champion conferences
  Creamline 4 2 2 2018 Reinforced, 2018 Open, 2019 Open, 2022 Open
  Petro Gazz 1 2 1 2019 Reinforced
  BaliPure 1 1 2017 Open
  Pocari Sweat 1 1 2017 Reinforced
  Adamson 1 2019 Collegiate
  Chery Tiggo 1 2021 Open
  NU 1 2017 Collegiate
  UP 1 2018 Collegiate

Men's divisionEdit

Team   Champions   Runners-up   Third place Champion conferences
  Cignal 2 1 2017 Reinforced, 2017 Open
  Air Force 1 1 1 2018 Reinforced
  NU 2018 Collegiate
  Ateneo 2017 Collegiate


Playing venuesEdit

The Premier Volleyball League does not use a "home-and-away" format since most teams are managed by corporations. Games are presently held at the Filoil Flying V Centre (formerly Filoil Flying V Arena).

During the semi-finals to championship rounds of Season 10, games were held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay and at the iconic PhilSports Arena in Pasig to accommodate larger spectators' attendance. Other venues in the past included the Lyceum of the Philippines University gymnasium, the Blue Eagle Gym and the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Venue Location Capacity Opened Notes
Filoil Flying V Centre San Juan 5,000 2006
Ninoy Aquino Stadium Malate 6,000 1953
Rizal Memorial Coliseum Malate 6,100 1934
Blue Eagle Gym Quezon City 7,500 1949
PhilSports Arena Pasig 10,000 1985
Ynares Center Antipolo, Rizal 12,000 2001
Mall of Asia Arena Pasay 20,000 2012
Smart Araneta Coliseum Quezon City 25,000 1960

See alsoEdit


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  12. ^ Lopez, Mark Edward (October 1, 2018). "PVL: Spikers' Turf returns, fires off on October 6". Fox Sports Philippines. Archived from the original on October 2, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  13. ^ Naredo, Camille (September 27, 2020). "PVL teams will be invited to PSL's beach volleyball tournament". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  14. ^ Villar, Joey (June 10, 2020). "PVL to tentatively open in September with 9 teams". The Philippine Star. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  15. ^ Navarro, June (23 October 2020). "PVL, PSL, MPBL to discuss professional label with teams, lawyers". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
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  18. ^ Reyes, Marc Anthony (July 10, 2020). "LVPI requests permission for volleyball players' training resumption". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  19. ^ Olivares, Rick (November 17, 2020). "V-League to make comeback". The Philippine Star. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  20. ^ Villar, Joey (November 13, 2020). "PVL to still welcome college players despite pro status". The Philippine Star. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  21. ^ Castillo, Musong R. (11 March 2021). "Chery Tiggo's jump boosts PVL plan to give volleyball fans what they always wanted: Top stars playing against each other". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  22. ^ "F2 Logistics moves to PVL". ABS-CBN News. March 12, 2021. Retrieved March 12, 2021.
  23. ^ Agcaoili, Lance (March 16, 2021). "Direct hiring to be banned next season as PVL starts to hold rookie draft". Sports Interactive Network (SPIN). Retrieved July 31, 2021.

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