GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Teams face new challenges in 2017 women's rec soccer

[February 21, 2017 - Harmon, Guam] New challenges continue for teams in the Guam Football Association Women’s Intermediate Recreational Soccer League, as the league moves into Week 2 with format changes incorporated in the new Spring 2017 season.

Among the changes are two additional players on the pitch per team for a 9-A-Side format and the enforcement of the offside rule by league referees on a larger playing pitch.

“The changes aren’t too difficult, it’s just that we have to worry about more things now, especially the offside rule,” said Wagina Nauta of the Matson Heat/Cobras after the team’s match against FC Barrigada Crusaders. “Last season, we played 7-A-Side and no offside, so our coach (Fred Esteves) is helping us adjust to the changes.

"We work on our formation during practices and he also sends us videos to watch to help us remember and focus on how we’re going to play as a team for upcoming matches and also to help us remember what our individual roles and responsibilities are on the field. I only started playing in the league last season and still learning the changes with my teammates. Honestly though, I’m just looking forward to having fun playing matches with my team,” Nauta added.

The league kicked off Feb. 19, with matches on Sundays at the GFA National Training Center. In other opening week matches, HITA played against Femme Fatale and Quality Distributors faced off against Bank of Guam Strykers. The other team in the recreational league, Lady Bombers, played an exhibition match against La Familia in Week 1.

A full schedule of matches is available online at http://www.guamfa.com/all-leagues-womens-recreational-results.

 

Matson Heat/Cobras' defender Wagina Nauta chases down the ball ahead of FC Barrigada Crusaders in a Week 1 match of the Guam Football Association Women's Intermediate Recreational League played Sunday at the GFA National Training Center. Teams in the league are adjusting to new league rules in the 2017 Spring season.

 

Femme Fatale's Tina Manibusan focuses on staying in control of the ball against HITA in a Week 1 match of the Guam Football Association Women's Intermediate Recreational League played Sunday at the GFA National Training Center. Teams in the league are adjusting to new league rules in the 2017 Spring season.

 

Quality Distributors' Joanne Gogue takes control of the ball against Bank of Guam Strykers in a Week 1 match of the Guam Football Association Women's Intermediate Recreational League played Sunday at the GFA National Training Center. Teams in the league are adjusting to new league rules in the 2017 Spring season.

 
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