Derrick Cruz passionate about developing as soccer coach

[July 4, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] Guam’s Derrick Cruz is on a mission to become the best football coach he can be to help propel Guam’s national program to higher levels.

Cruz, who earned his AFC “C” License in 2016, was selected by Guam Football Association to take part in the EAFF Youth Football Coaching Course in Beijing, China in late July and next looks to earn his AFC “B” License in a course set to begin in August.

“I very much look forward to attending upcoming coaching courses to help me improve as both a coach and player,” Cruz said. “I’ve learned so much through different education courses I have participated in – I’ve learned about many different aspects of coaching, including various age-appropriate drills to use and proper nutrition for athletes, as well as how to coach properly with efficient session planning.


Gadia qualified to instruct AFC "C" Courses independently

[March 28, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] Dominic Gadia officially became one of Asia’s newest AFC “C” Coaching Instructors after passing all examinations and receiving positive evaluations from other instructors, as announced via AFC correspondence to Guam Football Association.

Gadia, GFA’s Coach Education Development Officer, is Guam’s first and only homegrown AFC “C” Coaching Instructor after receiving high marks in last year’s AFC Member Association Instructor Course examination and positive evaluations after assisting instructors Richard Sinapan in December last year and Mohamed Basir last month. With his new credential, Gadia is now qualified to conduct AFC “C” License courses independently in Guam and across Asia.


Five coaches in Guam earn coveted AFC "C" License

[February 26, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] Five of Guam’s coaches – including three Guam National Team players – recently received their internationally recognized AFC “C” Coaching License certificates in a presentation ceremony Saturday at Fiesta Guam Resort.

“I am pleased to see more of Guam’s coaches, and in particular, National Team players who have chosen to also ascend through Guam’s elite coaching pathway, successfully pass the AFC “C” Licensing course examination and receive their certificates,” said Belinda Wilson, Guam Football Association Technical Director. “With the level of play in Guam constantly improving with the introduction of the Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League and the new United Airlines GFA Center of Excellence, even more licensed coaches will be needed to continue this upward trend, which is all in line with GFA’s Strategic Plan.

“Through opportunities and support we provide Guam’s coaches, it is our hope that one day, homegrown coaches will lead Guam’s senior national teams to success in the international arena,” Wilson added.


Gadia continues coaching education trailblazing in Guam

[November 10, 2017 - Harmon, Guam] The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has officially named Guam’s Dominic Gadia as Assistant Instructor of the upcoming AFC “C” License Course set to begin later this month at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

Earlier this year, Gadia received high marks in the AFC MA Instructor Course examination and is on track to becoming Guam’s first-ever fully accredited homegrown AFC “C” License instructor.

“I’m happy to have passed the course examination and I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has supported me,” said Gadia, GFA’s Coach Education Development Officer.


Awa selected for 2017 AFC Goalkeeping Coaching Course

[September 12, 2017 - Harmon, Guam] National Coach Ross Awa would like to work toward improving the status of the Guam’s goalkeepers locally and internationally following his completion of the AFC Goalkeeping Coaching Tutors Course this week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“Upon completing this course, I would like to educate and mentor coaches who are open to learning and developing goalkeepers in Guam,” said Awa, Guam Football Association Goalkeeping Coach Development Officer. “My knowledge and passion for goalkeeping continues to grow and I appreciate the support Guam Football Association has provided to ensure that I am prepared to carry out and apply the principles set forth in GFA’s Long Term Development Plan.”

Awa, one of only three licensed Goalkeeper Coaches in Guam, currently is the Goalkeeper Coach of the Guam U16 National Team in preparation for next week’s AFC U16 Championships Qualifier, while also conducting sessions with goalkeepers training with the Masakåda, Guam women’s national team, and the U19 women’s team.


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