Academy coaches to hold tryouts for 2016 girls division

[February 4, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] Guam Football Association coaches will be looking for the next group of girls to be selected for entry in the 2016 United Airlines GFA National Academy in girls’ division tryouts scheduled to begin Friday.

“This is a great opportunity for our young girls looking to play soccer at higher levels and develop into future stars of the GFA,” said Gary J. White, GFA Technical Director. “With the program entering its fifth year, we’re seeing more of the inaugural group of players continue to stand out in the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League and interscholastic leagues, as well as earn spots on Guam’s youth national teams.

“Elite-environment training at a young age will benefit Guam’s athletes in the long run, especially when the players become eligible for college scholarships and international duty,” White added.

The Academy program began in 2012, supported in great part by Japan Football Association, and expanded to include the United Airlines GFA National Goalkeeping Academy in 2014.

Tryouts begin Friday at 6 p.m. at the GFA National Training Center for both field players and goalkeepers. An additional tryout session will be held Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. All interested players must have their parents submit a registration form available at the GFA Main Office with a $25 registration fee. The form also is available for download online at

New to the 2016 edition of the program are different age divisions – U9 and U11 – which will replace the former format. Players eligible for the U9 division are those born in either 2007 or 2008. Players eligible for the U11 division are those born in either 2005 or 2006. Eligible birth years for players for the Goalkeeping Academy are 2005, 2006, or 2007.

All registered athletes must check in at least 30 minutes prior to the tryout session selected and must wear cleats and shin guards. Players will be given a tryout T-shirt and receive an assigned number by coaches.

Boys’ division tryouts were held in December last year. Academy sessions are set to begin Mar. 29 for both boys and girls.

Dominic Gadia, who recently earned his AFC “A” License, returns as director of the National Academy and is assisted by Kimberly Sherman.

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