Six earn 2019 GFA GK Skill Acquisition Coaching Certificate

[February 18, 2019 - Harmon, Guam] With instruction and experience gained from participating in Guam Football Association’s Goalkeeper Skill Acquisition coaching course, 17-year-old Kaito Atsuta has aspirations to create a goalkeeping program for the Wings FC with fellow coaches from the youth club.

“What I’ve been thinking, as well as a few other coaches from (Wings FC) who were attending the GK Skill Acquisition coaching course, is to start up a goalkeeping program for the club, and continue to refine it to potentially be an example for other youth clubs and teams,” Atsuta said after the course. “I recently started coaching and from what I’ve seen, the role of the goalkeeper is not looked up to these days at the youth level, and some kids are afraid to play goalkeeper. I think that by starting up a program within the club, we can attract more youth players to want to become goalkeepers.

“I’ve started coaching with my club as a way to give back to the community that has given me so many opportunities as a player growing up. If there is something I can do to help younger players now experience what I have experienced and possibly more, I think it is through coaching.


Chargualaf finishes course, earns AFC B Coaching Certificate

[January 25, 2019 - Harmon, Guam] National football coach Mark Chargualaf joins Guam’s growing number of AFC “B” License coaches, obtaining the coveted certificate after completing course requirements in 2018.

“When I was notified of the results of the course, the first feeling I had was that of relief,” Chargualaf said. “The couple of months after I completed the course, I had been patiently waiting for updates, especially whether I had passed or not. To finally get the news I had passed and to receive my certificate was a big relief – I am very happy and proud of my experiences in the course.

“The game and the trends of the game are always changing so that is why continuing coach education is so important. There are always new tactics and new philosophies that are being introduced. There are also improvements in football technology that coaches must be aware of – all of these components of the sport are vital for athletes to continue competing at high levels,” Chargualaf added.


Youth soccer coaches earn Skill Acquisition certificate

[October 2, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] Close to a couple dozen coaches earned the Guam Football Association Skill Acquisition Coaching Certificate following the conclusion of the second course offered this year Sunday morning.

“Everyone involved in football should take a coaching course – especially those working directly with players at the grassroots level,” said Dominic Gadia, GFA Coach Education Development Officer and Instructor of the course. “I would like to thank and recognize all coaches who earned their GFA Skill Acquisition Coaching Certificate this past weekend – they’ve all taken the first step to help raise the standards of football in Guam. Our club and school coaches play a pivotal role in player development and truly, the successful growth of our game from both a participation and technical point of view depends greatly on the training the players receive at grassroots level.

“The GFA technical staff has analyzed the performances of our national teams in recent competitions and we have identified that our players are technically inferior when compared to the world standard. Our coaching programs are crucial to addressing this issue, as coaches working with players in the skill acquisition phase (U9-U12) must be able to provide the environments and the training to develop technically better players.


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.


Dodd stresses importance of experience, production line

[July 30, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] As Head Coach of the Matao, one of the most important things is to ensure that there is a continual production line of players progressing through the national team pathway that is educated in playing football.

Let me define educated first before I come back to the importance of the production line. Educated means that throughout the pathway they have achieved all the milestones of the GFA long-term player pathway. This pathway coupled with the GFA football playing style, which is a total 180 degrees to the previous playing style of counter attacking football, being reactive, and trying to mitigate score lines at younger ages, rather than implementing a proactive football style which looks to take the game to the opponent – “Live on our feet, rather than die on our knees”. This approach takes time to master and is foreign to a lot of coaches and parents on the island as they may not have ever been through this process of short term pain for long term gain regarding football development.


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