Slots filling up for 2019 Center of Excellence program

[April 16, 2019 - Harmon, Guam] All interested in taking part in the 2019 United Airlines GFA Center of Excellence have through Easter weekend to register online for coveted spots in U9 to U14 boys’ and girls’ divisions.

Open trial sessions for the U11 to U14 age divisions (birth years 2005-2008) begin Monday afternoon for the week before Block 1 of the program begins Apr. 29. Players registered have the choice of joining open trial sessions for field players or goalkeepers.

If selected, U11 and U12 boys will train Tuesdays and Thursdays and their female counterparts will train Mondays and Wednesdays. U13 and U14 boys and girls will train Mondays and Fridays. Goalkeepers will train Mondays and Fridays. U11 to U14 athletes will train for a total of 26 weeks.


Registration online for Fall 2018 Center of Excellence 

[August 17, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] Registration for the Fall 2018 cycle of the United Airlines Guam Football Association Center of Excellence is open online for all youth players born between 2004 and 2009.

Particularly for youth players born in 2008 and 2009, all registered will be matriculated into the program, set to begin Sept. 24 through to Dec. 1. For the upper age groups, open trial sessions will begin Sept. 17, with a maximum of 20 players selected per age group and gender. All registration forms are online on GFA’s official Web site,

“The Center of Excellence aims to be the gold standard of best practices for player development in Guam,” said Bryan Cadiz, GFA Player Development Officer. “This ultimately means that we are constantly pushing the bar and looking for ways to improve. With this growth mindset, we always set out ambitious goals for the program. By creating a professional environment and instilling the right values, we are certain that we will be successful in producing players who have the necessary tools to succeed both on and off the pitch.


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.


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.


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.

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