GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Matao train in Osaka, will play in I.R. Iran

[August 31, 2015 - Osaka, Japan] After a weeklong training camp in Osaka, Japan, the Matao will depart this evening for Tehran ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Joint Qualification Round 2 match with I.R. Iran on Thursday.

With all the players now in camp after the arrival of LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza yesterday the team and staff are fully focused on what is likely to be the biggest challenge the side has faced in many years.

Head Coach Gary White said the training camp was of immense benefit and he already feels that there is a new intensity amongst the playing group.

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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.

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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 FIFA.com 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.

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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.

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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.

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