GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

GFA to introduce Center of Excellence, replacing Academy

[December 16, 2017 - Harmon, Guam] In order to best meet growing demands of youth soccer athletes transitioning to elite levels, the Guam Football Association Technical Department will be introducing a more modernized, holistic approach with its new United Airlines GFA Center of Excellence beginning in 2018, replacing the previous National Academy.

“The new program name ‘Center of Excellence’ alludes to the holistic approach GFA is taking in youth development; we are looking to cultivate excellence both on and off the field,” said Bryan Cadiz, GFA Player Development Officer.

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2017 Academy program closing ceremony set for Dec. 15

[December 12, 2017 - Harmon, Guam] United Airlines GFA National Academy coaches announced December 15 as the final day of the 2017 program, with a closing ceremony scheduled in lieu of the training session.

Close to 150 athletes completed this year's program, making this group one of the largest in recent years.

In a separate announcement by Guam Football Association Player Development Officer Bryan Cadiz, National Academy training for Wednesday, Dec. 13, has been moved to Thursday, Dec. 14 at the usual training time.

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Oct. 9 Monday United National Academy training canceled

[October 9, 2017 - Harmon, Guam] Due to inclement weather, the United Airlines Guam Football Association National Academy training session scheduled for Monday, October 9, 2017, has been canceled.

Only the Monday training session has been canceled; announcements have also been sent to parents of National Academy athletes indicating the cancellation from Academy directors.

For more information, parents are urged to check their E-mail and reply to the message or call 637-4321.

Oct. 24 Tuesday United National Academy training canceled

[October 24, 2017 - Harmon, Guam] Due to inclement weather and particularly extremely windy conditions, the United Airlines Guam Football Association National Academy training session scheduled for Tuesday, October 24, 2017, has been canceled.

Only the Tuesday training session has been canceled; announcements have also been sent to parents of National Academy athletes indicating the cancellation from Academy directors.

For more information, parents are urged to check their E-mail and reply to the message or call 637-4321.

High tryout numbers prompt Girls U9 Academy division

[July 28, 2017 - Harmon, Guam] With the large turnout of youth athletes for the United Airlines GFA National Academy open trial sessions, Guam Football Association added one additional age division – U9 Girls – for the 2017 program.

“We had originally planned to have only three divisions for our girls – U10, U12, and U14 – but with a high number of girls registered for the U10 division, we were able to create a separate group for those born in 2008,” said Belinda Wilson, GFA Technical Director. “This is exciting news, as we are closer to our reaching our technical and development objectives, particularly for girls, in GFA’s Strategic Plan a bit quicker than anticipated. It’s also testament to the growing number of girls in the community who enjoy playing the sport and look to ascend through our elite player pathway.

“We hope that this trend continues in next year’s edition so that the girls program will fully mirror the boys program in terms of featuring separate groups based on respective birth year,” Wilson added.

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