Guam national football team
|Association||Guam Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||EAFF (East Asia)|
|Head coach||Gary White|
|Top scorer||Jason Cunlife (13)|
|Home stadium||Guam National Football Stadium|
|FIFA ranking||171 +5|
|Highest FIFA ranking||171 (October 2013)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||205 (November 2004 - February 2005)|
|Highest Elo ranking||213 (6 March 2013)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||227 (Early 2007)|
| Fiji 11–0 Guam
(Guam; August 24, 1975)
| Guam 16–1 Pohnpei
(Koror, Palau; July, 1998; Not full FIFA international)
Guam 3–0 Macau
(Yona, Guam; 22 July 2012)
Guam 3–0 Macau
(Manila, Philippines; 29 September 2012)
Guam 3–0 Chinese Taipei
(Yangon, Myanmar; 6 March 2013)
| North Korea 21–0 Guam
(Taipei, Republic of China; March 11, 2005)
The Guam national football team is the national association football team for the United States territory of Guam and is controlled by the Guam Football Association. They are affiliated to the Asian Football Confederation's East Asian Football Federation region.
The team was founded in 1975 and joined FIFA in 1996. It is the 6th strongest National team in the East Asia Football Federation which also consists of Japan, South & North Korea and China, its highest FIFA ranking was 171st in October 2013. Since February 2012 they have been managed by Englishman Gary White.
Guam has competed in World Cup qualification on one occasion. It was eliminated in the first round of Asian qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup after losing against Iran and Tajikistan. Recently they have found success by winning the EAFF preliminary competition and qualifying for the semi final round in 2012.
- 1 Victories over FIFA opposition
- 2 History
- 3 Tournament record
- 4 Squad
- 5 Coaches
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Victories over FIFA opposition
Guam registered its first victory over a member of FIFA on 11 March 2009, 35 years after making its debut. They beat Mongolia, by 1-0 in the 2010 East Asian Cup Preliminary Competition, at home in Yona. Christopher Mendiola scored the only goal after 9 minutes.
Guam has beaten its nearest neighbour, the Northern Mariana Islands on four occasions from 2007 to 2009. Although a member of the East Asia Football Federation since 2006, the islands are not FIFA members.
Recently they have recored further victories over Chinese Taiwan and Macau in FIFA, AFC & EAFF International competition and were narrowly beaten 2-1 in Hong Kong against the host country in December 2012.
1975 South Pacific Games
Guam first competed in football at the 1975 South Pacific Games which it hosted in August of that year. They lost their first ever game 11-0 to Fiji and then lost 5-1 to the Solomon Islands to finish bottom of Group 2. Fiji and the Solomons lost their semi-finals and Fiji's conqueror Tahiti beat New Caledonia 2-1 after extra-time in the final.
1979 South Pacific Games
Guam competed in football at the 1979 South Pacific Games in Fiji and was placed in Group 4 alongside New Caledonia and the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu). During the tournament, held in September 1979, Guam lost 11-0 to New Caledonia and 5-0 to the New Hebrides as both of the other teams advanced.
1991 South Pacific Games
The 1991 South Pacific Games saw Guam's first matches since the 1979 tournament, twelve years previous. In Papua New Guinea, Guam were in Group 2 and lost their opener 14-0 to Tahiti on 9 September 1991. On 12 September they lost 15-1 to Fiji before losing 8-0 on 15 September to New Caledonia. Guam's first Asian Cup 1996, HoChiMin City, Vietnam. Ryan Stepp 15 years of age youngest player to scores in Asian Cup. Guam 2 : 9 Chinese Taipei Jimmy Okuhama Ryan Stepp Guam 0 : 9 Vietnam Guam 0 : 9 South Korea
2002 World Cup Qualification
Guam entered World Cup qualification for the first time for the 2002 tournament in Japan and South Korea. They were put in Group B of the first qualifying round, against Iran (qualifiers in 1998) and Tajikistan. Each team played each other once in the Takhti Stadium in the city of Tabriz, Iran
Guam's first ever World Cup qualifier was against Iran, on 24 November 2000. Guam lost 19-0 in front of a crowd of 30,000. Iranian player Karim Bagheri scored seven times, and his team mate Ali Karimi four. Farhad Majidi and Ali Daei also scored hat-tricks, with one of Daei's from the penalty spot. Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh scored a further two for Iran with Alireza Nikbakht getting the other.
Two days later Guam lost 16-0 to Tajikistan, for whom nine different players scored. Rustam Khojaev and Sukhrob Khamidov each scored four for Tajikistan. Two days later Iran beat Tajikistan 2-0 to win the group and advance, but did not make the finals.
2006 AFC Challenge Cup
The first-ever 2006 AFC Challenge Cup was held in Bangladesh in April 2006. As a competition for Asia's weakest teams, there was no qualification scheme. Guam were put in Group C alongside the hosts, Palestine and Cambodia.
Guam played their first game at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, on 1 April, in front of 3,000 people and were defeated 11-0 by Palestine, for whom Fahed Attal scored six times. Bangladesh then defeated Guam 3-0 on 3 April, with two late goals from Mohammed Abul. The match was watched by 18,000. Three days later 550 people watched Cambodia defeat Guam 12-0 at the Bangladesh Army Stadium.
- 1930 to 1974 – Did not exist
- 1978 to 1994 – Not FIFA member
- 1998 – Did not enter
- 2002 – Did not qualify
- 2006 to 2010 – Withdrew
- 2014 – Did not enter
- 1956 to 1992 – Did not enter
- 1996 to 2004 – Did not qualify
- 2007 – Did not enter
- 2011 – Did not enter
East Asian Football Championship
- 2003 – Did not qualify to Round 2 (5th place in qualifiers)
- 2005 – Did not qualify to Round 2 (5th place in qualifiers)
- 2008 – Did not qualify to Round 2 (6th place in qualifiers)
- 2010 – Qualified to Round 2 (Preliminary Competition winners)
- 2013 – Qualified to Round 2 (Preliminary Competition winners)
AFC Challenge Cup
- 2006 – Round 1
- 2008 – Did not qualify, 4th in qualifying group
- 2010 – Did not enter
- 2012 – Did not enter
- 2014 – Did not qualify
South Pacific Games
- 1963 to 1971 – Did not enter
- 1975 – Round 1
- 1979 – Round 1
- 1983 – Did not enter
- 1987 – Did not enter
- 1991 – Round 1
- 1995 – Round 1
- 2003 – Did not enter
- 2007 – Did not enter
- 2011 – Round 1
Philippine Peace Cup
- 2012 - Third Place
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- Steve Menary (11 September 2009). "Guam on the rise". World Soccer Magazie. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
- "national-football-teams.com". national-football-teams.com. national-football-teams.com. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.