23 coaches pass 2016 AFC C License course in Guam

[October 21, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] Guam Football Association officially recognized coaches who earned the AFC "C" Coaching License in a certificate presentation ceremony held Thursday evening at the GFA National Training Center.

Of 25 candidates from the two-week intensive AFC "C" License course in Guam that concluded last month, 23 received a passing grade from AFC instructor Marlon Manos Maro from the Philippines. The "C" License is recognized worldwide and is one of the requirements to coach a youth national team in an AFC or FIFA tournament.

The AFC "C" License course featured classroom and technical sessions, as well as three graded practical sessions and written examinations.


Coaches complete requirements for 2016 AFC C course

[September 3, 2016 - Harmon Guam] Over a couple dozen coaches completed requirements for the AFC "C" Coaching License in a two-week intensive course conducted by visiting AFC instructor Marlon Manos Maro from the Philippines Friday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center in Harmon.

Course participants engaged in classroom sessions and practical sessions, in addition to two written examinations and three separate practical examinations. Coach Maro was assisted by Dominic Gadia, currently the director of the United Airlines GFA National Academy. The course coordinator was Krystiana Martinez.


Coaches complete FIFA course for elite youth development

[August 2, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] Over two dozen youth football coaches recently completed a week-long FIFA Coaching Course at Guam Football Association with the intent to prepare them for elite level youth football development.

Visiting FIFA instructor Jamie Houchen, from England, facilitated the course which concluded July 30.

“The purpose and main objectives of this course are really to help the coaches establish ways of coaching, concentrating really on who they are, what they stand for and their own team philosophy, how they want to play the game, how they support the future of players of Guam within their own clubs and within the national identity already put together, and also how (the coaches) will support the players or the coaching process,” Houchen said during the course.


FIFA Women's Coaching Course concludes Saturday

[July 23, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] A total of 25 coaches completed the requirements for the FIFA Women's Coaching Course held at the Guam Football Association National Training Center July 17 to 23 with visiting FIFA instructor Belinda Wilson of Australia.

Course participants engaged in classroom sessions, group activities, practical sessions on the field, and festival planning during the week long course. The course concluded Saturday with the FIFA Live Your Goals all-girls soccer festival which included an hour of activity stations for girls ages 7 to 15 with course participants and an additional hour of scrimmages for the girls. After, course participants were recognized with certificates from FIFA during a closing ceremony.

FIFA instructor Belinda Wilson also received an appreciation plaque from GFA, presented by GFA General Secretary Tino San Gil and GFA Executive Committee member Tina Esteves, who also was a course participant.


National coaches to assist in youth club development

[January 26, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] In order to assist youth soccer clubs with player development, licensed coaches from the Guam Football Association technical department will be making scheduled visits to club training sessions as part of its new Club + Player Development Program (C+PDP).

“There is great potential among many of Guam’s youth soccer players to succeed at higher levels of the sport,” said Gary White, GFA Technical Director and head coach of the Matao. “As witnessed during last year’s home matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Joint Preliminary Qualification Round 2, we’ve worked to develop a successful and unique playing style that has been globally recognized.


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