21 Mar Coaches prepare for AFC “B” Course beginning Aug. 10
[August 8, 2018 – Harmon, Guam] After ascending the elite player pathway to Guam women’s national football team, Anjelica Perez also wants to fulfill her dream of one day coaching the Masakåda by following Guam’s elite coaching pathway.
Perez earned her AFC “C” Coaching License in 2012 and now is registered to take part in the upcoming AFC “B” Coaching Course set to begin Friday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.
“I am excited to be back in the classroom to continue my coaching education, which will include topics on advanced technique and tactics,” Perez, 27, said. “I hope to gain insight on new topics, like coaching methodology and match analysis. I expect to learn how to best coach game tactics, like how to engage groups of players to achieve specific objectives during matches. In addition to the theories and principles of the game, I am excited to gain a broader perspective and greater confidence as a coach – all of which I will immediately apply in my capacity as a coach in Guam.
“Continued education as a coach is crucial to the island’s long-term success in football … we need qualified coaches to produce the best players. As coaches, we need to be held accountable; we need to help players realize their dreams and achieve their individual goals at the highest level, one day bringing Guam to the FIFA World Cup. Coach education is one of the key factors of success for a player, team, and country,” Perez added.
Perez coaches players in the United Airlines Center of Excellence, a program supported by Japan Football Association, for Guam’s elite youth athletes from the U9 to U14 age division. In the Spring 2018 cycle, Perez was head coach of the U9 Boys Division. Perez had also assisted with the Guam U16 Women’s National Team in 2016 and with teams in the Crushers Football Club.
GFA most recently held an AFC “B” Coaching Course in 2012 and for this year’s edition, the course is divided into two blocks. The first block begins Friday through to Aug. 23. The course continues into its second block Jan. 13 to 20, 2019. AFC Instructor Yusuke Adachi, originally from Japan, and currently the Elite Development Coach at Hong Kong Football Association, will conduct both blocks. Adachi will be assisted by Kazunori Ohara, thanks to generous support from Japan Football Association. Ohara currently is the Head Coach of the Cambodia U20 National Team.
“I’m very excited that GFA has decided to host an AFC “B” License Course locally instead of looking abroad for courses,” said Bryan Cadiz, GFA Player Development Officer and participant in the upcoming course. “Aside from the opportunity to grow as a community of local coaches, nearly all course participants share similar challenges to football, coaching, and player development. This course will help us reach some novel solutions to these challenges from a coaching standpoint.
“I’m continuously looking for ways to further my education and challenge myself as a coach. While I do have ambitions to be a Professional Coach, helping the game of football evolve in Guam and making a positive impact on the football community will always be my highest priority in my football endeavors. It will always come back to paying it forward for the next generation. In order to most effectively do this, I need to continue to push myself to be the best coach and set ambitious goals,” Cadiz added.
Once the AFC “B” Coaching License is obtained, the next level is the AFC “A” Coaching License and then the AFC Pro Diploma. Head coaches of senior national teams must hold an AFC “A” Coaching License or its equivalent and by next year, must earn the AFC Pro Diploma or hold its equivalent.
“GFA’s objective is to develop home grown coaches for its National Teams and to lead football development in Guam,” said Belinda Wilson, GFA Technical Director. “It is crucial that we develop our coaches in ‘best practice’ methodology so that they can up-skill and inspire the next generation of players and coaches to represent their respective clubs and Guam.”
In November, GFA also will host an AFC “C” Coaching Course with instructor Dominic Gadia. Gadia, currently GFA’s Coach Education Development Officer, recently earned instructorship status and is now fully qualified to conduct AFC “C” Coaching Courses.
Registration for the upcoming AFC “C” Coaching Course is currently open through to Sept. 28 online at https://goo.gl/forms/AUPQWLzTsFWUQUfl1. All interested coaches must hold a GFA “D” Coaching License or earn both the GFA Skill Acquisition Certificate and GFA Game Training Certificate before the start of the AFC “C” Coaching Course.
The next GFA Skill Acquisition Certificate Course will be held next month and the next GFA Game Training Certificate Course will be held in October.
Anjelica Perez, in all black, demonstrates dribbling technique during a training session of the Spring 2018 cycle of the United Airlines GFA Center of Excellence, a program for elite youth athletes supported by Japan Football Association. Perez will take part in an upcoming AFC “B” Coaching Certificate Course set to begin Friday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.
Bryan Cadiz, in all black, conducts a training session during the Spring 2018 cycle of the United Airlines GFA Center of Excellence, a program for elite youth athletes supported by Japan Football Association. Cadiz, who also is GFA’s Player Development Officer, will take part in an upcoming AFC “B” Coaching Certificate Course set to begin Friday at at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.