GFA, GVB enter into three-year, $300,000 partnership

[August 26, 2015 - Tumon, Guam] The Guam Football Association (GFA) is proud to announce a three-year partnership with the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB), which names GFA as Ambassadors of Guam through their national program.

“We are very pleased to partner with Guam Visitors Bureau to help elevate Guam as a viable sports competition destination, as well as work in tandem to lift the island’s profile in international football,” said Richard K. Lai, president of GFA. “Guam’s national football teams, from the U13 level all the way to our senior level teams, compete in tournaments and friendly matches annually both in Guam and abroad.


Matao ascends to No. 146 in latest ranking release

[August 7, 2015 - Harmon, Guam] In less than a month, Guam has once again ascended to its highest-ever FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking – No. 146 in the world – with the latest release published by Aug. 6.

The new ranking comes ahead of the Matao’s next set of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Joint Qualification Round 2 fixtures – Sept. 3 against I.R. Iran in Iran and Sept. 8 against Oman in Guam.

“This is a very exciting time for Guam football – just last month I was praising Guam’s national program for reaching the 150s in the world for the first time in history,” said Richard Lai, Guam Football Association President.


Guam reaches highest FIFA ranking in July update

[July 9, 2015 - Harmon, Guam] The Matao’s resounding success in its first ever matches of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers held at home last month catapulted Guam to its highest-ever FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking to date, No. 154 in the world, a 20-spot jump in the latest listing updated by FIFA July 9.

With the rise in rankings Guam also enters the top 30 countries in Asia for the first time, tied for the No. 26 spot in the continent with Hong Kong. Additionally, Guam is in fifth place in the East Asia region, which includes Asian heavyweights Japan, Korea Republic, and China.


Matao make special appearance at Bank of Guam

[June 28, 2015 - Hagåtña, Guam] The Matao, Guam men's national football team, made a special appearance at the Bank of Guam Hagåtña headquarters Saturday for a meet and greet with the local community following the team's back-to-back wins in FIFA World Cup Qualifier matches held earlier in the month.

The event, coordinated by the Bank of Guam Employee Club, began at 10 a.m. and concluded at noon in the bank’s first-floor lobby. All who attended will received a limited edition Bank of Guam Carabank, as well as a 2015 team photo card.


Guam tops Group D in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in Asia

[June 17, 2015 - Harmon, Guam] After winning its first-ever FIFA World Cup Qualifier match Jun. 11, the Matao came back an even stronger team to win its second-straight, catapulting the team to the top of Group D standings after two matches.

The Matao played to a 2-1 victory over India in front of a capacity crowd at the Guam Football Association National Training Center Tuesday after having beaten Turkmenistan 1-0 five days earlier. In addition to Turkmenistan and India, Guam also leads I.R. Iran, Asia’s top country, and Oman in the same group.

“If I said we’re not surprised (that we are on top of Group D), I would sound arrogant, but that was the plan,” said Guam head coach Gary White in a post-match press conference. “We knew that these first two games were important to get going. We knew that we had the home crowd and home field advantage. We knew that this would be a difficult place for anyone to come to play so we had to get maximum points. That’s what we set out to do.


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