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||174 4 (17 July 2014)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||160 (13 February 2014)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||205 (November 2004 - 16 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.
Guam 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 160 in February 2014. Since February 2012 they have been managed by Englishman Gary White.
- 1 History
- 2 Coaching staff
- 3 Players
- 4 Records
- 5 Tournament record
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Guam has a population of just 180,000 and is based in the Asian Football Confederation’s sub-region of East Asia. The team was founded in 1975 and joined FIFA in 1996. It's one of FIFA's smallest Member Associations in population and size. It has competed in World Cup qualification on one occasion. However, Guam was eliminated in the first round of Asian qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup after losing against Iran and Tajikistan.
Recently Guam they have found success by winning the EAFF preliminary competition and qualifying for the semi final round in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Guam finished third during the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification and they completed their group play with a resounding 3-0 victory over Chinese Taipei for the first time in history. During November 2013's FIFA International games schedule Guam beat Cambodia 2-0 and tied with Laos 1-1. Both these International fixtures were played away at the opponents' home National stadiums. A succession of positive results have lifted Guam to a record-high of 160 on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, and a credible position of 33 of the AFC’s 46 nations.
|Head coach||Gary White|
|Assistant coach||James Okuhama|
|Assistant coach||Dominic Gadia|
|Team Manager||Joseph Roberto|
|Equipment Manager||Julius Campos|
On 1 February 2012, White was appointed as head coach and also serves as the federations technical director. One of the first and most notable changes was the applying of the moniker ‘Matao’, a traditional term that represents courage amongst the indigenous Chamorro population. The strong connection with the local culture has elevated the nation team to a new level of recognition and popularity within the nation. Another notable change was integrating Inifresi (Chamorro pledge) before every game.
Since White took over Guam has doubled its wins and has seen record high FIFA ranking. Guam finished third during the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification and they completed their group play with a resounding 3-0 victory over Chinese Taipei for the first time in history. White has started a 10-year plan which aims to elevate the national team to fifth in East Asia, behind Japan, North and South Korea and China, all of whom have World Cup experience. Due to the success of the Matao FIFA Futbol Mundial (April 2013 episode #137) and various other world media have featured White and the progress of the Guam national football team.
- Jason Cunliffe: Team captain, and the team’s leading goalscorer.
- A. J. DeLaGarza: USA-based player who plays for Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS
- Ryan Guy: USA-based player with MLS experience playing for New England Revolution
- Shawn Nicklaw: Plays for Thór in the Icelandic Premier League.
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 recorded further victories over Chinese Taiwan and Macau in 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 to Fiji and then lost 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 South Pacific Games Football - 1979 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 to New Caledonia and 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 to Tahiti on 9 September 1991. On 12 September they lost to Fiji before losing to New Caledonia.
1996 Asian Cup
In Guam's first Asian Cup 1996 attempt at Ho Chi Min City, Ryan Stepp at 15 years of age became the youngest player to score in Asian Cup qualification in a 9-2 loss to Chinese Taipei.
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.
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 by Palestine, for whom Fahed Attal scored six times. Bangladesh then defeated Guam 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 at the Bangladesh Army Stadium.
2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
In 2012, the first round of preliminary competition was hosted by Guam. Guam finished first within the tournament advancing to Round 2 of preliminary competition.
2014 AFC Challenge Cup
Guam finished third during the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification and completed their group play with a resounding 3-0 victory over Chinese Taipei for the first time in history.
2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
In 2014, the first round of preliminary competition was hosted by Guam. Guam finished first, advancing to the semifinal round for the third-straight time.
- 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
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)
- 2015 – 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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- "Guam coach Gary White wants to manage in Premier League". BBC Sport. 11 January 2013.
- "National Soccer Teams Announced". guamsportsnetwork.com. national-football-teams.com. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- Steve Menary (11 September 2009). "Guam on the rise". World Soccer Magazie. Retrieved 30 October 2011.