AHEAD Program

Guam Football Association’s Technical Department created the organization’s AHEAD program, a development program for Guam’s student-athletes looking to ascend the elite player pathway through intercollegiate men’s and women’s soccer.


Guam Football Association, with the support from experts, will provide a more in-depth understanding of the college pathway for our youth national program families. GFA looks to establish a sustainable program pathway from the early stages of our national teams to continue playing football at the collegiate level, as well as to enhance the players’ development through the value of their academics and life skills with understanding financial management. We hope to raise the standard of our national football teams from their college experiences.

The program will consist of seven interrelated pillars:

• Academic
• Athletic
• High Performance
• Player Support
• Financial Assistance
• Playing Opportunities
• Family Support Group

Click on the image to open the program’s brochure and to learn more about the program available to all of Guam’s youth national program players. The program includes webinars and other events for players and their parents to assist with admissions into U.S. colleges.

Scholarship Opportunities for High School Graduates and College Students

Over $10,000 in scholarship funds are available for 2023 high school graduates or college students in Guam thanks to the generous donations from the island’s soccer community. To learn more about the scholarships available, how to apply, and for an application form, click on the Web banners below.

Available scholarships in 2023:

Shirley Lai Memorial Scholarship Fund

Teddy “Ted” Cipollone Memorial Scholarship Fund

Grace Martinez Memorial Scholarship Fund

GFA Grassroots Scholarship Fund

A4G Scholarship Fund

Coach Lester Layco Memorial Scholarship Fund

Ashenafi Lom Foundation Scholarship Fund

College Admissions & Sports: A Zoom meeting presentation by Bob Kelley & Jane Shiu

Guam Football Association’s Technical Department invited Mr. Bob Kelley and Ms. Jane Shiu from St. John’s School to provide a presentation about College Admissions and Intercollegiate Sports for Guam’s student-athletes. The presentation was held Tuesday, March 22, 2022 online via Zoom. Players from the Guam National Program, their parents, and other invited guests from the community joined in the informative meeting, which delved into the general process of college admissions, but also highlighted the unique advantages and challenges for students from Guam.

Helpful links in the presentation from Ms. Jane Shiu:




College Bound with Kyle Halehale

Kyle Halehale, a 2020 Graduate of Father Duenas Memorial School, speaks about his experience in looking into college academic and men’s soccer programs and making the decision to attend Central Connecticut State University, with an NCAA Div. I men’s soccer program in the Northeast Conference in a four-part video series.