Youth soccer coaches earn Skill Acquisition certificate

[October 2, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] Close to a couple dozen coaches earned the Guam Football Association Skill Acquisition Coaching Certificate following the conclusion of the second course offered this year Sunday morning.

“Everyone involved in football should take a coaching course – especially those working directly with players at the grassroots level,” said Dominic Gadia, GFA Coach Education Development Officer and Instructor of the course. “I would like to thank and recognize all coaches who earned their GFA Skill Acquisition Coaching Certificate this past weekend – they’ve all taken the first step to help raise the standards of football in Guam. Our club and school coaches play a pivotal role in player development and truly, the successful growth of our game from both a participation and technical point of view depends greatly on the training the players receive at grassroots level.

“The GFA technical staff has analyzed the performances of our national teams in recent competitions and we have identified that our players are technically inferior when compared to the world standard. Our coaching programs are crucial to addressing this issue, as coaches working with players in the skill acquisition phase (U9-U12) must be able to provide the environments and the training to develop technically better players.


Coaches prepare for AFC "B" Course beginning Aug. 10

[August 8, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] After ascending the elite player pathway to Guam women’s national football team, Anjelica Perez also wants to fulfill her dream of one day coaching the Masakåda by following Guam’s elite coaching pathway.

Perez earned her AFC “C” Coaching License in 2012 and now is registered to take part in the upcoming AFC “B” Coaching Course set to begin Friday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

“I am excited to be back in the classroom to continue my coaching education, which will include topics on advanced technique and tactics,” Perez, 27, said. “I hope to gain insight on new topics, like coaching methodology and match analysis. I expect to learn how to best coach game tactics, like how to engage groups of players to achieve specific objectives during matches. In addition to the theories and principles of the game, I am excited to gain a broader perspective and greater confidence as a coach – all of which I will immediately apply in my capacity as a coach in Guam.


Dodd stresses importance of experience, production line

[July 30, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] As Head Coach of the Matao, one of the most important things is to ensure that there is a continual production line of players progressing through the national team pathway that is educated in playing football.

Let me define educated first before I come back to the importance of the production line. Educated means that throughout the pathway they have achieved all the milestones of the GFA long-term player pathway. This pathway coupled with the GFA football playing style, which is a total 180 degrees to the previous playing style of counter attacking football, being reactive, and trying to mitigate score lines at younger ages, rather than implementing a proactive football style which looks to take the game to the opponent – “Live on our feet, rather than die on our knees”. This approach takes time to master and is foreign to a lot of coaches and parents on the island as they may not have ever been through this process of short term pain for long term gain regarding football development.


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.


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