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February 27, 2013
Matao in Bangkok
The Matao, Guam men's national football team, have a few more training sessions to show head coach Gary White that they deserve a spot in the team's starting eleven in the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup qualifier in Myanmar. The team currently is in a training camp in Bangkok, Thailand and recently played a training match against Samutprakan Customs United FC, a professional football team in Thailand. The main purpose of the training match was firstly to establish who the strongest 11 will be, White said after the match. Second, it was an opportunity to watch some of the new players and to get more familiar with them in game scenarios. Last, it was an opportunity to try players in different positions, which you don't usually get the freedom to do in international competitions because of the substitution rule. The coaching staff also was able to look at changes we would make in different game scenarios what to do if we're down a goal, what to do if we're up; we worked on game management a bit,White added. The match against the Thai professional team, played at 4 p.m. under a hot, blistering sun also prepared the team to play in weather conditions similar to Myanmar. Players rotated in and out of different playing positions, including regular faces in the defensive line instead as midfielders or attacking forwards. Newcomer John Landa scored the game-equalizing goal in the third period of the training match, launching a shot on frame from a Scott Leon Guerrero assist from the right side. All in all, it was a really important game for us,White said. It was good for the players from Europe and the U.S. to acclimate themselves to the requirements for playing in hot weather conditions. We also looked at the opposition the Thai pro club team plays similarly to Myanmar so it was a way for the team to adjust and adapt to these types of players in training. Missing from the game were Ryan Guy, who flew into Bangkok after the match, and goalkeeper Dallas Jaye, who will arrive in Bangkok a day before the team leaves to Myanmar for the AFC tournament. In Myanmar, the Matao the will play against the host country, India and Chinese Taipei for a spot in the final round of the tournament next year in the Maldives. In addition to Landa, Leon Guerrero, Guy and Jaye, Guam's traveling squad members are captain Jason Cunliffe, goalkeeper Douglas Herrick, Ian Adamos, T.J. Atalig, Mark Chargualaf, Zachary DeVille, Dominic Gadia, Marcus Lopez, Ian Mariano, Dylan Naputi, Sean Navarro, Shawn Nicklaw, Travis Nicklaw, David Nussbaum, Micah Paulino, Jonahan Romero, Christian Schweizer, and Jorge “Lolo” Valenzo. Of the 22 traveling squad members, Landa, Navarro, Nussbaum and Valenzo join the Matao for the first time.

January 28, 2013
Open U14 (Boys & Girls) Tryout
Slots for both the Guam's U14 Boys National team and the U14 Girls National team are available for Guam's best eligible youth soccer players for travel to upcoming AFC tournaments this year. Boys National team head coach Brett Maluwelmeng will be holding open tryouts Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Jan. 28. Additionally, a meeting for parents of interested players will be held at 8 p.m. Monday immediately after training, Maluwelmeng said. For the Girls National team, head coach Samuel San Gil currently is holding open tryouts Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m., also at GFA. The Boys National team will be competing in AFC's first-ever U14 Championship qualifier April 18 to 29 in China. Guam has been pooled in Group G of the East Zone with China, Korea Republic, Chinese Taipei and Northern Mariana Islands. The top two teams from each geographical zone will move on to the 2014 Finals, the AFC Web site states. In previous years, the teams had competed in AFC festivals, which were more focused on player development, rather than crowning a champion. The AFC has changed the format with qualifiers in 2013 and the finals in 2014, mirroring other regional tournament formats that span over two calendar years. The Girls National team will be competing in an annual AFC U14 Regional Championship for the East Region June 2 to 10, 2013, also in China. Guam has been pooled in Group A with China, Korea Republic and Northern Mariana Islands. The top two teams from Group A and Group B will move on to a knock-out stage, where the top three teams overall will be awarded, the AFC Web site states. Unlike the boys' competition, the girls' regional tournament will be held every year. In order to try out for the Boys National team, certain eligibility requirements must be met. Players need to have been born between Jan. 1, 2000 and Dec. 31, 2001 with a birth certificate as proof of age. The players also need a valid passport, with at least one full, blank visa page in their passport. The players also must have been either born in Guam, have at least one of their parents or grandparents born in Guam, or have resided in Guam for at least two consecutive years prior to the tournament date, as stipulated in FIFA statutes. The same eligibility requirements apply to be considered for the Girls National team, with the exception of the birth date range. Girls interested in joining the team need to have been born after Jan. 1, 1999, since the tournament doesn’t extend into 2014. For more information or for any inquiries, contact the Guam Football Association by calling 637-4321 or send an E-mail to

September 26, 2012
Philippines got lucky...
It was a predominantly a midfielders' duel in playmaking in the Matao's second meeting this year against the Azkals on opening day of the 2012 Philippines Football Peace Cup Tuesday at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, Philippines. With both teams finding limited opportunities near the goal, it would be the Philippines that would find the lucky shot to prevail 1-0 over Guam. We had our own opportunities to win the game, said Matao head coach Gary White. I think it was a very competitive game up until the 80th minute then there was a slight lack of focus on our side and miscommunication between our goalkeeper and central defender that cost us the game ultimately. But the spirit of the players showed we've got 17- and 18-year-old boys out there some flew in (Monday) night from Boston, so it was a hell of a performance on our side, though we're disappointed that we lost, White added. Patrick Alcala Reichelt scored his maiden goal for the Azkals off a header he side- flicked above Guam's Scott Leon Guerrero in the 80th minute following a corner-kick play. Guam's goalkeeper, Douglas Herrick, who was positioned behind Leon Guerrero on the play, was unable to stop the ball with his hands in time as it went over his head and into the goal. Reichelt then led a parade of his teammates off the field to acknowledge his mother, who was only in Manila for one night and watched his game, in the stands. We were a little bit lucky, said Azkals head coach Michael Weiss. I'm happy with the result, but I'm not so happy about the game. Honestly, in the second half it was sloppy in the first 20 to 30 minutes. Guam was pressing us high up and we were very slow in building up. Also, the players who came in did not really strengthen the squad. They had difficulty in adjusting with the speed this type of competition is different from training, Weiss added. On a few separate occasions, Guam's Jason Cunliffe, Jonahan Romero and Ryan Guy, were able to bring the ball into the attacking third and send the Azkals' defense scurrying, but the team was unlucky with finishes near the goal. Marcus Lopez had one of Guam's best opportunities in the first half, finding an open space for himself near the goal, but his shot cleared the crossbar just barely and landed on top of the net. It's a tough loss, said Cunliffe, Matao captain. It was definitely a good game though a lot better than in June. (The difference) is belief stepping out on a pitch now, we believe we can win anytime we play,Cunliffe added. The Matao first played against the Azkals on June 12 this year in a FIFA-friendly match at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod. Facing one of the Azkals' strongest squads that glittered with high-level professional players, Guam allowed three goals in the first half, but kept the same players scoreless in the second half. In the tournament's other opening day game, Chinese Taipei settled for a draw against Macau. Guam next plays Chinese Taipei on Thursday at 4 p.m. Manila time at Rizal Memorial Stadium. The Azkals then take to the pitch at 7:30 p.m. against Macau in the second day of competition in the four-nation tournament. The tournament concludes Saturday, with Guam facing Macau at 4 p.m. Manila time and the Azkals going up against former tournament hosts, Chinese Taipei at 7:30 p.m. Manila time.

September 13, 2012
GFA YL to Start Sept 15!
It was from preparing for and playing in countless Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League games that Micah Paulino, a member of the Matao, Guam men's national team, cultivated his desire to play the beautiful sport at the highest levels possible. The Robbie Webber league helped me really enjoy the sport, said Paulino, via telephone from New York. I remember looking forward to practice, and during games, even if my team lost, which was very discouraging at first, the experience helped make me a stronger player. The youth league gave me opportunities to play the game constantly and enjoy it, added Paulino, who first donned a Wolverines club uniform about 16 years ago when he was just three years old. The current Wolverines youth teams, along with over a dozen other club teams, will begin the 2012 Chevrolet Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League Saturday. The official schedule of the first week of games has been posted to the GFA Web site, All games will be played at the GFA facility in Harmon, with the first few beginning at 9:15 a.m. For many of the current homegrown national team players, the display of technical skill at a young age, coupled with performance on the pitch during youth league games, helped get them recognized by coaches to play at the national team level. During one of Paulino's youth league games, he was invited to train with Guam Football Association's youth national team and eventually made the Guam U13 Boys team under coach Dr. Robert Gregory. When Paulino was 15, he was first called up to play for the Guam men's national team. He now also plays for Niagara University men's soccer team, which competes in the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Similarly for 21-year-old Simie Willter, who most recently co-captained the Masakda, Guam women's national team, she said Guam's youth soccer league opened doors for her to play at the national team level. During her time with the Dededo Soccer Club, she was approached by coach Lawrence Batangan and invited to train with the national team. She was eventually selected to play for one of Guam's youth national teams and later made her way to play for the Guam women's national team. Willter then transferred to play with the Wolverines after she enrolled in classes at Notre Dame High School in Talofofo her freshman year. My best friend's dad, who was a soccer coach at Dededo Soccer Club, asked me to play on his team, Willter said. At first, I didn't want to and my dad made me, but I ended up liking the sport a lot. I think it's really during the Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League that most kids in Guam first start to develop a love for soccer. At one point, I was practicing and playing matches every day I was on four different teams. I played for the Wolverines in the youth league, one of Guam's national teams, the Orange Crushers women's league team and the ND interscholastic team, added Willter. The island's youth teams participate in the Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League twice a year during the league's Spring and Fall seasons. This year's Fall season will include about 140 teams from 15 different clubs beginning from the U6 division up to the U18 division. A separate all-girls division also will be featured this season.

September 12, 2012
Bud Light Women's League 9.9
The dck Masters pulled off a few quality shots in the final minutes but were unable to unseat the Doosan Lady Crushers from the undefeated throne of the 2012 Bud Light Women's 7-A-Side Soccer League Sunday at the Guam Football Association facility in Harmon. The Lady Crushers played one of its closest games of the season, holding off a persistent Masters team 4-3 to stay atop league standings. Although the league leaders trudged ahead with an early 2-0 advantage in the first half off goals from Kim Sherman and Kristin Thompson, the Masters were able to knot the score before the halftime whistle. Rhoda Bamba scored the Masters' first goal after connecting on an assist from Pauline Toves, who set up the play after stealing the ball from the Lady Crushers' Simie Willter. Moments later, Jamie Skornia scored the equalizer after finishing a pass from Christine Simard following a free kick taken by Cheri Stewart. Sherman reclaimed the lead for the Lady Crushers early in the second half on a breakaway that drew out the Masters' second-half goalkeeper Skornia from the box. After avoiding a few defenders, Sherman found an opening to take her shot to give her team the 3-2 lead. Minutes later, Sherman completed her hat trick with a header off a corner kick. Despite a string of aggressive, close-range shots in the final minutes of play, the Masters were only able to score one when Bamba finished a pass from Jaime Fahy before the final whistle. In other matches, current second-place team Hyundai survived a first-half scare by the Paintco Lady Strykers and eventually emerged with a 4-2 victory. Hyundai's Shana Spindel struck first, but the Lady Strykers took control of the first half moments later. The Lady Strykers' Alexy Barbe equalized the game with a header that lobbed just enough over Hyundai's goalkeeper Erlissa Delfin and rolled into the goal. Later, Caroline Quigley made it a 2-1 half in favor of the Lady Strykers, but that was all the team could manage, as the second half belonged to Hyundai. Although Spindel needed close to 20 minutes into the deciding half to come through for her team again, her long-range missile that sailed into the upper part of the goal sparked a Hyundai run that included two more goals and a saved penalty kick. In the 51st minute, Spindel sent a pass to Arisa Recella, who took a shot from the left side that slid past Lady Strykers' keeper Sonja Sanchez. An aggressive defensive play by Hyundai about six minutes later prompted a penalty kick for the Lady Strykers, but Delfin redeemed herself by stopping Barbe's shot before the ball crossed the line. Almost immediately after, Ashley Besagar carried the ball up field and passed the ball to Raven Aguon, who took a shot from the right side for the final score. In the day's other game, Quality Distributors blanked Pika Soccer Club 5-0. Paige Surber and teammate Billie Reyes each scored twice for Quality. The team's other goal came off a Pika SC own goal in the second half. League action continues Sunday with Pika SC taking on the Lady Strykers at 3:30 p.m. on Lower Field A at the GFA facility in Harmon. Hyundai plays the dck Masters on the same field at 4:45 p.m., while Guam Shipyard takes on the Lady Crushers at the same time on Lower Field B.

August 14, 2012
BL Women's 7Aside League 8/12
The Paintco Lady Strykers' Alexy Barbe came through in the clutch with a goal two minutes before the final whistle to break a 2-2 tie and secure her team's win over the dck Masters on opening day of the 2012 Bud Light Women's 7-A-Side League at the Guam Football Association facility in Harmon. The Lady Strykers switched gears in the second half, scoring the three goals the team needed to overcome a 2-0 advantage the Masters held by halftime. Barbe opened scoring for the Lady Strykers capitalizing on a one-on-one opportunity with dck's goalkeeper Jamie Skornia five minutes into the second half. Skornia initially came out of the box to approach Barbe, but at the last minute retreated. By the time Skornia decided to again approach the ball, Barbe was able to send her shot to the back of the net. The Lady Strykers' Caroline Quigley scored the game equalizer just a minute later, taking a pass from Barbe on the right side and shooting successfully to the opposite post. After over 20 scoreless minutes, the Lady Strykers found their best opportunity to break the tie when Mia Santos found Barbe unmarked near the left wing. Barbe avoided Skornia's slide tackle in front of the goal to send in her shot successfully for the eventual game-winner. The game played in a two 30-minute half format ended before the Masters could manage a second-half goal. The Masters initially held a 2-0 lead on a pair of Jaime Fahy goals in the 8th and 19th minute before the halftime whistle. In other matches, the Doosan Crushers shut out Pika Soccer Club 10-0. Anjelica Perez finished with a hat trick and teammate Kristin Thompson scored twice. Andrea Odell, Tatyana Ungacta, Simie Willter and Kim Sherman also scored for the Crushers. The Crushers' other goal came on a Pika own goal right before halftime. Quality Distributors was the day's other winning team after Guam Shipyard forfeited its first game. League matches continue Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at the GFA mini pitch when the Lady Strykers take on Shipyard. Quality goes up against the Crushers at 3:30 p.m. and Pika faces Hyundai at 4:45 p.m.

August 14, 2012
AFC 'C' & 'B' Coaching Course
Mark Chargualaf may have given up a large portion of his free time a total of over 85 hours in two weeks to participate in an AFC Coaching Certificate Course at the Guam Football Association facility in Harmon, but it was time well spent to further his development as a soccer coach. I've been a part of soccer at GFA as a player for so long and I felt that committing my time to become a better coach would be a way to give back to the organization that has given me so many opportunities, the 21-year-old said. I want to use my knowledge as a soccer player and my playing experience to help the younger generations in the sport. The two-week course, facilitated by AFC visiting instructor Jose Ariston Caslib, concluded Aug. 10 and the subsequent AFC Coaching Certificate Course, also facilitated by Caslib, will conclude Sept. 2. The courses are a mix of classroom lecture and practical assessments on the pitch. Caslib has the duty of determining which coaches are ready to earn an AFC coaching license. Although enrollment is closed for the AFC summer courses, a limited number of observers are welcome to sit in on classroom lectures and watch coaching assessment sessions. Observers won't be able to fully participate in the course, but may use their observations to help prepare for future courses and apply toward their current coaching method. At the minimum, coaches for youth teams participating in the upcoming Chevrolet Robbie Webber Youth Soccer Fall League should have a GFA License. GFA will be holding a one-day license course Friday, August 18 beginning at 8 a.m. Youth league coaches need to register for the course by calling the GFA Main Office at 637-4321 or sending an E-mail message to Coaches who enroll in certificate courses will be equipped with the most up to date information and developments of the game important for coaching youth players, said Caslib, an AFC License coach who also is the current Philippines Football Federation technical director. Coaches also will receive analytical training to help in improving players. Youth league coaches must consider receiving proper certification as a coach, not only for their personal advancement as a coach, but also for proper development of the young players they coach, Caslib added. For Frank Toves, with his recent transition from coaching U8 teams to a U16 team in the Wings FC, participating in an AFC Course was long overdue, he said. I've seen so many of the youth players in the Wings Football Club move on to play on Guam's national teams, said Toves, who has lost over 45 pounds in the last year in his quest to become a better youth soccer coach. I felt it was my duty as a coach to continuously improve and earn certification in order to better help move the talented players to higher levels of play. Chargualaf and Toves were two of 16 coaches participating in the course. Other participants in the course currently are youth coaches for different local clubs including Quality Distributors, Samurai Heat, the Wings, the Paintco Strykers, the Lil' Bombers and the ASC Islanders. One participant, Jershwin Angeles, is a coach for the Tan Holdings Football Club in Saipan. Should Chargualaf earn his AFC License, he hopes to join the coaching staff of GFA's newly formed National Academy for elite youth soccer players. Toves will continue to coach teams in the Wings Football Club. In order to qualify for courses, coaches need to have a current license for at least two years. The course is a considerably longer course. Many of the coaches who qualified for the course are current youth national team coaches, as well as club coaches from Dededo Soccer Club, ASC Islanders, the Orange Crushers, the Wings and the Sidekicks who had previously earned a license. For more information about the coaching courses or to reserve a seat as an observer for the AFC courses, call the GFA main office at 637 4321.

August 14, 2012
Schweizer vists Exeter FC
Not many incoming high school seniors can claim the whirlwind summer adventure footballer Christian Schweizer had experienced this year. Schweizer recently returned to Guam from a two-week trip that included a two-day professional visit to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and later, extensive training with Exeter City Football Club in England. Exeter City FC's professional team played in the power League One last season, the third highest division in the English football league system. The highest division is the Barclays Premier League. I actually got a couple of minutes of playing time and I learned the speed of play I could see how fast it was compared to Guam, Schweizer said of the matches he played with Exeter FC's U18 squad and a few members of the football club's professional U21 players. It's one thing to see it on TV, but when you're actually playing, you can really see where you need to be in terms of where your skill level is. I hope that I'll be able to take what I've learned from there and share it here in Guam so we can all get to that higher level, a higher standard of play, Schweizer added. This rare opportunity for the St. John's School senior came after he helped the Matao, the Guam men's national football team, as a starter, qualify for the second round of the East Asian Cup in mid July. Schweizer also was part of the Matao traveling team that played in a FIFA-friendly match against the Azkals, the Philippine men's national team, on June 12 in the Philippines. Christian has the key ingredient for success he has a great attitude, said Simon Hayward, Exeter City FC Academy Manager, through E-mail. He was very dedicated to his training in the short time he spent with us. He's very keen to learn and improve. Regional opponents on the soccer pitch have learned first-hand the hard way not to underestimate the young defender, whose boyish good looks and relatively thin frame fool them into thinking he is a newbie on the field. Initially, Schweizer was a reserve player on the Matao team during its FIFA-friendly match against the Azkals. After he wowed team coaches with his performance in the second half of the game, played in front of thousands of fans in Panaad Stadium, he earned his starting spot on the team and has retained his spot since then. His presence in the Matao's defensive line during the East Asian Cup preliminary competition assisted in the team's victories over the Northern Mariana Islands and Macau to advance to the tournament's second round. Christian's best attribute is his pure drive to be better, said Matao head coach Gary J. White. He's strong for his age, he's very athletic and good on the ball he's very technically sound. Christian is as home-grown as they come. He's a perfect model player for our youth. With the newly formed National Academy, we hope to produce more quality players like Christian, White added. Schweizer's soccer success had taken root from his involvement in Guam Football Association's youth leagues with the Wings FC. His participation in the youth leagues fueled his competitive spirit in interscholastic leagues, men's leagues and with Guam's senior national team. Chris started at around seven or eight years old in the Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League, said Jeffrey Schweizer, Christian's father. I felt from the very beginning he had a very good sense of the game. GFA has incredible programs and facilities in Guam. The Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League was well-run, and practices and games were very accessible and inclusive it was a great match for our needs As Chris' involvement grew in the sport, this great match continued with the extraordinary opportunities offered through GFA and its national team programs, the elder Schweizer added. Schweizer currently is one of the few successful high school students consistently training with the Matao. The national team has two more tournaments this year the Paulino Alcantara Cup in the Philippines next month and the second round of the East Asian Cup in Hong Kong in December.

April 02, 2012
Beck's GFA Cup Results 4/1/12
Hyundai and the Orange Crushers punched their tickets to the Gold Championship finals of the inaugural Beck's Women's GFA Cup following yesterday's wins against the Paintco Lady Strykers and dck Masters, respectively. In the early evening game, Hyundai sent Paintco to the tournament's lower bracket with a convincing 6-1 win, a better showing than the team's 1-1 draw in an earlier meeting in the Bud Light Women's Soccer League. The Lady Strykers had difficulty finding shots against Hyundai in the first half and by the 35-minute mark, had fallen behind 0-3. To add insult to injury, Paintco was called on a hand-ball violation in the box near the close of the first half, setting up Shana Spindel for a penalty kick. Spindel put her team up 4-0 on a successful shot to the left corner of the goal against Paintco's first half goalkeeper, Christina Duenas. Paintco started firing early in second half starting with Francesca Pangelinan's shot that was just wide on the right side. A minute later, Duenas, relieved of her goalkeeping duties, blasted a shot from about 25 yards out. Hyundai's Christina Hecita was able to leap just high enough to block the shot and knock it out of play. On the ensuing corner kick, Duenas had a chance to tap in the ball into the left corner of the goal, but was unable to get full control of the ball amid Hyundai traffic. Paintco later managed to get on board in the 56th minute when Alexy Barbe caught Hyundai's goalkeeper, Jena Cruz, out of the box and sent her shot in from the right side. The Lady Strykers had a few more shots near the close of the game but could not find the back of the net before the final whistle. Hyundai's Olivia Flores finished the match with a hat trick, while teammates Jasmine Banks, Ashley Besagar and Spindel added a goal each in the win. Hyundai is set to face the Orange Crushers in the championship game April 15 at 7 p.m. The Crushers survived an early scare by the dck Masters, but triumphed with a 2-1 win to play for the inaugural title. The Masters found themselves with a 1-0 advantage after Kyung Shipman tapped in the ball mishandled by Crushers defenders from a dck corner kick in the early part of the first half. After the Crushers’ Kim Sherman kicked in a goal to knot the game, both teams would partake in a see-saw battle that included a handful of saves and a few missed opportunities through most of the second half. It wasn't until minutes near the end of the game that the Crushers would break the 1-1 tie. Kristin Thompson sprinted close to 40 yards to chase down a forward pass down the right side and managed to send a perfect cross to Tayler Kukes, who scored the eventual game-winning goal. Men's Tournament The Rovers FC made history by becoming the first Masters team to successfully advance in a GFA Cup tournament. The Rovers, champions of the Masters division of the Budweiser Men's Soccer League, defeated Doosan FC, a Division II team, 4-1. Randy Allen and Carlos Barajas scored twice each for the winning team, while Daun Jeong scored Doosan's lone goal in the second half. The Rovers next play Fuji Ichiban Espada FC, a Division I team, on April 22. Fuji Ichiban defeated the Paintco Strykers Masters team 11-0 to set up meeting with the Rovers. The Rovers FC Division II team was not as lucky as their Masters counterparts, losing to Guam Shipyard 3-1 on Saturday. Aaron Jackson, Christopher Reyes and Donald Weakley scored for Shipyard and Keigo Kitadate scored the Div. II Rovers FC's lone goal. In Saturday's early match, Cars Plus FC blanked the Big Blue Masters team 16-0. The men's tournament continues Saturday with one 7 p.m. match before taking a break for Easter Sunday.

January 24, 2012
Week 2 Results
"In action in week 2 of the 2012 Bud Light Women's Soccer League, Pika Soccer Club blanked 2-0 with goals from Jane O'Connor and Sara Pleadwell. Guam Shipyard started its season with a 1-4 loss to the Paintco Lady Strykers. Francesca Pangelinan scored twice for the Lady Strykers and teammates Alexy Barbe and Phoebe Minato added a goal each. Demi Rae Shimizu scored the lone goal for Shipyard. The Orange Crushers remain undefeated with a 4-1 win over the Pretzel Maker Bombers. Kristin Thompson scored twice in the contest with Simie Walter and Andrea Odell scoring the Crushers' other goals. Alyssa Paja scored the Bombers' only goal in the match. In the last match of the evening Quality Distributors accepted a 5-0 loss to Hyundai in a match called early because of a player injury. Quality's Paige Surber, the league's leader in goals scored last season, went down in the second half following a collision with another player. With the loss, Quality evens out at 1-1 for the season, as Hyundai moves up to 2-0. Arisa Recella, Tanya Blaz-Cruz, Jannel Banks and Olivia Flores scored Hyundai's five goals. Recella scored twice for her team."

January 20, 2012
GFA President Greets Japan U23
GFA President Mr. Richard Lai greets the Japan Football Association's U23 National Team (also known as the Olympic Team for 2012 Summer Olympic Qualification) at Leo Palace today after their evening training session. The Japan U23 team will be training until January 22nd in preparation for their upcoming qualification round matches. Their schedule are as follow as part of Round 3 Qualifier: February 5th - vs Syria in Jordan February 22nd - vs Malaysia in Malaysia March 14th - vs Bahrain in Tokyo, Japan

January 02, 2012
GFA Ranks No 3 & 4
Guam ranks FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and GFA President Richard K. Lai as the No. 3 & 4 respectively local sports story for 2011. No. 3: FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter attended the inauguration ceremony as the Guam Football Association unveiled its new pitch at the Harmon soccer field in December. Blatter went through a trying year as FIFA became embroiled in scandal after scandal. Despite those problems, he is No. 19 on the list of "50 Most Influential People in Sports Business" for 2011 as ranked by Sports Business Journal. Blatter is one of the most influential sports figures ever to step foot on island, and GFA's ability to secure his presence for the inauguration ceremony is noteworthy. No. 4: Blatter's trip to Guam is a feather in the cap of GFA president Richard Lai, whose re-election to a second term on the Asian Football Confederation executive committee in January ranks fourth on this list. Lai's influence within the AFC has been tangible as soccer on island develops year after year. And while facilities in other sports continue to deteriorate, Guam continues to see significant improvement in its soccer facilities thanks to Lai's leadership. (See link:

December 12, 2011
FIFA/AFC WWC2011 Conference
Kuala Lumpur: Member associations play a big role in the development of women’s football in Asia, working groups at the FIFA/AFC Conference on the Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 in Kuala Lumpur said on Thursday.

Improving the technical development for the women’s game, increasing national and zonal competitions and developing grassroots and youth programmes for girls were some of the areas of contribution by MAs discussed by the working groups.

The 80 participants in the conference were broken into three groups to discuss the issues and matters related to women’s football in the continent.

The results of the discussion were presented in a podium session by group leaders Betty Wong Yeuk Ling (Hong Kong), Kanya Keomany (Laos) and Cheri Jo Stewart (Guam), and the group reporters, Kim Sein (Korea Republic), Mohamad Roslan (Singapore) and Olivia Gamage (Sri Lanka). Colette Wong moderated the session.

To bring about improvement in the technical development of women’s football in the MAs, the groups suggested the following action steps:

-- Employ full-time female technical development officers.
-- Improve the quality o coaches.
-- Appoint a Technical Director for women’s football.
-- Attend international conferences.
-- Share knowledge and experience with other MAs.
-- Dedicated budget for girls’/women’s football.
-- Action plans/best practices in the use of technology and other methods.
-- Implementation of grassroots development plans for girls.
-- Retention of former players for grassroots programmes.

The working groups also felt that MAs can do a number of things to develop national and zonal competitions, such as follows:

-- Increase participation.
-- Formalise the national football calendar.
-- Promotion through the media.
-- Market the product to the private sector.
-- Teach-the-teachers programmes for coaches and referees.
-- Cooperation with government agencies.
-- Grassroots and youth competitions.
-- Monitor players’ development.
-- Special programme for goalkeepers.
-- Coordinated annual competition plan.
-- MAs’ obligation to participate in national competitions.
-- Special coaching development programmes for youth football.
-- Identification of talented female coaches for further education.
-- Improve the quality and number of competitions.
-- Female referee education programmes.

Grassroots and youth development programmes for girls is also an important area that MAs need to play a role in and the working groups suggested the following actions:

-- Promotion of regional grassroots festivals.
-- Cooperation with the government for grassroots and school football.
-- Pre and post promotion of grassroots and youth football activities.
-- Selection of quality and dedicated people for grassroots.
-- Involvement of parents.
-- Change of mindset of MA leaders.
-- Raise awareness of MA leaders for grassroots programmes through FIFA/AFC seminars.
-- Exchange programmes between MAs (for best practices).
-- Raise awareness of grassroots though FIFA programmes.
-- Education of local grassroots instructors.

(Information provided via

December 12, 2011
FIFA President's Visit
FIFA President Mr. Joseph S. Blatter's visit on Guam during ribbon cutting ceremony. (Link: On behalf of Guam Football Association, we give our sincere THANK YOU to all those that were actively part of the organizations for the special event as well as all the clubs, coaches, players, family and friends partaking in a wonderful and successful memory!

December 05, 2011
Guam in FIFA News
Please see attached story on FIFA preseident Sepp Blatter's visit, courtesy of

November 23, 2011
Gary White Visits Guam
ENGLAND'S UEFA A LICENSED COACH VISITS GUAM -Gary White is the former technical director and head coach of the Virgin Islands and Bahamas national football teams. White has 10 years of FIFA International coaching experience competing in one of the most difficult world cup qualifying confederations (CONCACAF) he is still one of the youngest National Team coaches in FIFA history. White also serves on both US Soccer's National Coaching Staff and US Soccer's player development task force. He has also worked on FIFA's Technical Study Groups & Coaching instructor staff. Gary is currently the Technical Director for Washington Youth Soccer and has held the position since October 2009.He now leads the daily technical operations and technical coaching staff of all Washington Youth Soccer’s/Sounders FC player development and coaching education initiatives that services over 135,000 registered players and 25,000 coaches.He will also oversee the implementationof a technical strategic change plans in all existing and new programs. He has just recently been hand selected as one of ONLY 16 professional coaches globally to attend The FA’s Elite Coaching License, the highest coaching qualification in the world above the UEFA A License. Guam Football Association is pleased to host the following event for all of our soccer community to participate in the following courses, seminar and clinics.Sign up for the courses now at GFA Main Office! Sun. 27 Nov. 1pm - 6pm: GFA National Youth Coaching License @ GFA Training RoomFEE: $25 Description: Introduction to the methodology of coaching and the four components of coaching soccer -Technique, Tactics, Fitness and Psychology.Field Sessions concentrate on developing technique within small-sided games that also present problems for players to solve within the game. Mon. 28 Nov. 6pm - 8pm: College Open House @ GFA BalconyFREE! Description: “How to select the right college”.Open for ALL (Players, Parents, Coaches, Athletic Directors, Principals)This seminar is most important to those that wish to assist players/parents and parents/players who wishes to learn the process of achieving success with the right school. Tues. 29 Nov. 6pm - 10pm: Elite Coaching Summit for National Staff @ GFA Training Facility (Training session from 7pm - 9pm with National U14—18 players) Description: Exciting few hours for the current national team coaches to experience a training session with National U13—U16 players under Coach Gary White. Wed. 30 Nov.4:30pm - 6:30pm: Player Clinic U12 - U14FEE: $50 PER PLAYER

November 18, 2011
BGMSL Week 6 Results
Division 1 Guahan ICRC 1-8 Quality Distributors FC Fuji-Ichiban Espada FC 6-2 Paintco Strykers Division 2 Doosan FC 0-6 FC Shotguns Coffee Beanery's United FC 3-5 Sinajana Ambassadors Calvo's Insurance Sidekicks 1-0 Big Blue Bank of Guam Crushers 0-8 Cobras Masters Division Rovers FC 4-0 Big Blue Toyota 4Runners 1-4 Paintco Strykers