GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Awa, Espiritu make 2017 AFC Certificate course shortlist

[July 30, 2017 - Harmon, Guam] Guam Football Association’s Ross Awa and Jill Espiritu are among 51 other selections across the Asian continent to take part in an upcoming AFC Football Administration Certificate program set to begin July 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Awa and Espiritu were among those shortlisted based on initial applications submitted to AFC and were officially accepted into the program after receiving a passing grade on an individual pre-assessment examination and written case study. Awa is a national coach and former national team manager at GFA and Espiritu is the organization’s media and marketing officer.

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San Gil taps Paulino as new GFA General Secretary

[July 26, 2017 - Harmon, Guam] Guam Football Association executives officially approved the nomination of Micah Paulino for General Secretary of the organization in an Executive Committee meeting held Tuesday evening at the GFA National Training Center conference room.

“I’ve always felt that I owe GFA for the opportunities afforded to me and that eventually, I would give back to the sport which has developed me as an individual,” Paulino said. “I truly appreciate the confidence President Tino San Gil and the GFA Executive Committee members have in me to take on the responsibilities of this vital role. It’s clear how much football in Guam has grown in all aspects over the years and I am grateful for all the work that has been done by current and past executives for Guam’s players, coaches, officials, staff, and football fans. I look to essentially build on that foundation and work to accelerate football as the leading sport in Guam.

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San Gil elected new Guam Football Association President

[July 1, 2017 - Harmon, Guam] Guam Football Association member clubs voted Tino San Gil as the organization’s new president 7-6 over opposing candidate Chief Justice Robert J. Torres in a special election held during an Extraordinary Congress Saturday morning at GFA.

“I would like to thank all of GFA’s member clubs for exercising their right to vote at the election,” San Gil said via telephone after the election. “I am confident that by working collaboratively with all stakeholders, GFA will move in the best direction for the long-term interests of our players, coaches, executives, officials, staff, sponsors, supporters and the local community. In just the past few years, the organization has grown exponentially and I hope that we all can work together to build on these past successes to catapult Guam football even farther forward than we’ve already seen.

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Artero named interim GFA President beginning Apr. 29

[April 29, 2017 - Harmon, Guam] Senior Vice President Pascual V. Artero will assume the role of interim President of the Guam Football Association following the resignation of Richard Lai, formerly at the helm of the organization, based on GFA statutes.

The change in GFA leadership will have no immediate effect on ongoing projects, events, and activities, Artero said.

Lai resigned from the GFA presidency effective immediately through an official letter to the organization. The letter was received after he entered a guilty plea to two counts of wire fraud conspiracy and failure to disclose foreign bank accounts at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York Thursday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice Web site. The swift, voluntary resignation from the GFA presidency allows the organization to move on undistracted from its mission to provide global opportunities for the local community through the sport of football.

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Lai retains post as Guam Football Association President

[September 11, 2016 - Tumon, Guam] Richard K. Lai will retain his seat as Guam Football Association President for another four years following a successful re-election during the organization’s 2016 Ordinary Congress held at the Fiesta Guam Resort Saturday.

Additionally, Pascual Artero and Joseph Cepeda also will continue as GFA’s vice presidents and George Lai keeps his spot in the Executive Committee. All four ran unopposed and received unanimous approval by the 12 of 13 member clubs present at the Congress.

“We’ve achieved so much in recent years and I look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders in continuing this wave of success,” said Richard K. Lai.

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