GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

GFA, Special Olympics Guam embark on partnership

[October 5, 2019 - Harmon, Guam] Unified Soccer officially became a Special Olympics Guam sport following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with Guam Football Association Friday morning at the Guam Football Association National Training Center Lecture Hall.

The collaboration between the two organizations began a few years ago as simply an idea to provide additional sporting opportunities for the community.

For GFA President Tino San Gil, one encounter with a parent a few years back fully set the wheels in motion for the partnership.

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Equipment donation made to interscholastic league teams

[April 3, 2019 - Harmon, Guam] As part of Guam Football Association’s social responsibility program, the organization recently donated soccer balls to high school teams from both the IIAAG Boys’ and Girls’ High School Leagues, with the latest presentation to Academy of Our Lady of Guam Thursday at the GFA National Training Center.

“With the growing number of players and coaches in the interscholastic leagues, we wanted to help meet the demand with equipment donations,” said Tino San Gil, GFA President. “By providing equipment, we are helping the schools develop their football programs, which will in turn contribute to the overall development of the sport in Guam.

“In addition to equipment donations, we are also looking to assist teams with coaching education courses and referee education courses, as well as options for venues to play matches. We are currently developing fields in the central and southern villages thanks to assistance from FIFA and AFC. Eventually, we are looking to take over and organize all interscholastic soccer leagues,” San Gil added.

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Relief Drive for NMI organized following super typhoon

[October 28, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] To further assist the Northern Mariana Islands and the football community in recovery efforts following the devastation of Supertyphoon Yutu, Guam Football Association has organized “Relief Drive for NMI.”

All are invited to make cash donations to directly benefit the NMI FA and its football community, either by visiting the GFA Main Office during operating hours or online via PayPal. Funds raised will go directly to NMI FA efforts to repair severe damage at the new NMI FA National Training Center, as well as its efforts to revive football programs on the island.

According to USA Today, Yutu's sustained winds of 178 mph passed directly over Tinian.

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Matao works with Make A Wish to grant child's wish

[June 13, 2015 - Tamuning, Guam] Matao head coach Gary White, captain Jason Cunliffe, and teammates Ryan Guy and A.J. DeLaGarza took some time off from their training camp to visit Miguel Rosario, a patient in Guam Memorial Hospital's Pediatric ICU, who will be leaving Guam to the Philippines for surgery due to complications from a congenital heart disease.

The surprise visit was coordinated by Make-A-Wish Foundation - Guam Chapter, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening diseases. MAWF Executive Director Victor Camacho was on hand for the presentation, along with Ray Haddock from the Orange Crushers FC, GMH nurses, and Rosario's parents Michael and Annie.

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Mini futsal tournament held for at-risk visiting students

Thirteen-year-old GianCarlo Abril thoroughly enjoyed a rare opportunity to play in a mini-futsal tournament with visiting students from Japan at the University of Guam Fieldhouse and hopes to participate in future exchanges.

“It was a great event to interact with people from different cultures who play the same sport,” said Abril, an incoming freshman at Father Duenas Memorial School. “We don’t have many opportunities to play futsal, so this was a great experience for me, and for others on the team. I’d love to participate in future events like this one.”

Abril was one of a handful of Guam’s U14 and U16 national team training squad members who competed against visiting students from Japan’s Wasegaku High School system during their annual excursion to Guam.

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