GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Guam MNT head coach accepts Chinese pro club offer

[May 31, 2016 - Shanghai, China PR] Guam Football Association National Team Head Coach and Technical Director, Gary J. White, has taken on a new challenge in his journey as an international professional coach: lead the Shanghai Shenxin FC back to success and ultimately back to the Chinese Super League. 

White recently departed Guam to Shanghai and officially signed on as the football club’s newest head coach, replacing Kim Sang-Ho from Korea Republic. Kim had been the club’s coach since December 2015, the same year the team was relegated to China League One, one level below the Chinese Super League. The club has started extremely poorly under Kim and currently sit 13th out of 16 teams in China League One after 10 games into the new season. The club has recruited White to establish stability and to drive them back to top of Chinese professional football.

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GFA Tech Director Gary White earns UEFA Pro License

[May 15, 2016 - Staffordshire, England] With his newly earned UEFA Pro License from The FA, Guam Football Association Technical Director and Matao head coach Gary J. White is now closer to realizing his dream – to one day manage The Three Lions, England’s national football team – while also opening the door to attaining full manager roles for the world’s top professional clubs, including those in the Barclays Premier League.

The UEFA Pro License is the second of two Level 5 qualifications White has on his football resume, following The FA Elite Coaches Award License, earned in 2013. White was presented his UEFA Pro License, certified by both The FA Technical Director Dan Ashworth and Head of FA Education, Chris Earle, in England on May 10. Only a couple hundred in the world hold a UEFA Pro License issued by The FA.

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Matao advances to final round of AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers

[March 31, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] Guam is just one round away from qualifying to compete in its maiden AFC Asian Cup tournament based on results from the recently concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Joint Preliminary Qualification Round 2.

Due to gaining one of the highest amounts of points in their final position in the Round 2 Qualifier table, the Matao automatically advanced to the final round of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers. Less than five years ago, Guam had been ranked at No. 46 in Asia but now proudly sit in at No. 25 based on Round 2 Qualifier rankings by AFC.

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Oman survive Guam attack with 1-0 victory in World Cup qualification

[March 25, 2016 - Muscat, Oman] A valiant Guam has ended the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Joint Preliminary Qualification with a 1-0 loss to Oman with only a controversial goal denying the Matao a share of the points.

Replays clearly showed a player in an offside position in the lead-up to Ahmed Al Mahajri’s 52nd minute goal and with that being the ultimate difference between the two teams, head coach Gary White felt the result was not entirely a justified one.

“What we showed not just tonight but throughout this campaign is that we belong at this level.”

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Matao ready for 'tough challenge' against Oman in WCQ

[March 24, 2016 - Muscat, Oman] Guam will round out the first stage of their path to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup today when they play hosts Oman at the Sultan Qaboos Stadium in Muscat.

With a direct place into the third round of qualification for the Asian Cup on the line, the Matao will be out to show they belong amongst Asia’s elite despite missing out on a final round spot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

“We have a chance to show just how serious a player we are in Asia by performing well against an Oman side that also has a lot on the line,” said coach Gary White.

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