Gary White (football)

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Gary White
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Personal information
Full name Gary John White[1]
Date of birth (1974-07-25) 25 July 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth Southampton, England
Club information
Current team
Chinese Taipei
Youth career
1986–1990 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 Bognor Regis Town 28 (8)
1994–1996 Fremantle City 45 (13)
Total 73 (21)
Teams managed
1998–1999 British Virgin Islands
1999–2008 Bahamas
2012–2016 Guam
2016 Shanghai Shenxin
2017– Chinese Taipei
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gary John White (born 1974) is an English International football manager who is currently the head coach of the Chinese Taipei national football team. He has been hand selected as one of 16 coaches to be on a two-year elite coaching development licence programme (The FA Level 5 Pro Licence) above the UEFA A licence run by the FA in an attempt to boost the number of English Premier League coaches beyond the current amount of six.[2]

White is the former technical director of Washington Youth Soccer and the Seattle Sounders FC elite player development program. He was previously head coach of the national teams of the British Virgin Islands and Bahamas. He also served on both the coaching staff of the United States men's national team and the US Soccer player development task force. White signed a three-year endorsement contract with Lacoste in May 2012 and was named the company's Asian Pacific ambassador. White serves as a member of the EAFF technical study group (TSG) for FIFA international competitions with his most recent inclusion to analyse the 2013 East Asian Football Championships that include the men's national teams of Australia, Japan, China and South Korea.

Early life[edit]

White was born in Southampton, England,[3] and had a successful youth playing career. He was selected for both the Southampton City and Hampshire County representative teams and was a future prospect for Southampton FC.[4]

Playing career[edit]

White signed for Fremantle City Soccer Club in the Western Australia State League in 1994, where he played two seasons for the club. Prior to signing for the Australian semi-professional outfit, White played for Bognor Regis Town.

Managerial career[edit]

British Virgin Islands[edit]

White was the national technical director and national team head coach for the British Virgin Islands, where he had success during the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualification which resulted in the national team shooting up the FIFA World Rankings at 28 places. White is still one of the youngest ever national team coach when he took his role at 24, and was also one of the youngest ever coaches to compete in a FIFA World Cup qualification at 25.


White signed with the Bahamas in September 1999, where he was National Team Coach and Technical Director. During his tenure with the Bahamas, White moved the national team 55 places up the FIFA world ranking. Also as technical director White directed and oversaw all National Team programmes and National Staff Coaches in preparation for all FIFA and CONCACAF Competitions, including coaching education for the National coaches. White also designed and implemented a National Coaching Philosophy as part of the International Teams and Player Development Strategy.

White coached and managed more than 65 FIFA Certified International matches and also during his time as manager the Bahamas was FIFA's highest mover in 2006.

In 2009, he left for the Seattle Sounders elite player development program.

Washington State Soccer and Seattle Sounders FC (EPD) Technical Director[edit]

During his time in Seattle White lead the daily technical operations for the Sounders FC Elite Player Development Program and Washington States coaching education initiatives. During White's time in Seattle the Washington State / Sounders FC Elite Player Development Program became a powerhouse in the nation on and off the field and lead the country with their modern player & coaching development initiatives which, in the end, forced US Youth Soccers ODP (Olympic Development Program) to modernise and become more elite. During White's tenure the Washington State / Sounders FC EPD program won eight US Youth Soccer Championships in two years, these were the first championships that Washington had won in over 15 barren years and made the program California South's biggest rival in the country. White was named in the US Soccer Task Force for National player Development along with such names as Mia Hamm and Claudio Reyna.


On 1 February 2012, White was appointed as head coach of Guam and also serves as the federation's technical director.

Guam finished third during the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification and they completed their group 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 drew 1-1 with Laos. Both these International fixtures were played away at the opponents' home national stadiums. The 'Matao' are now unbeaten in three international games and now sit at 161 on the official FIFA world rankings. Since White took over in February 2012 Guam has moved up from 195th to their current FIFA ranking which is their highest placement to date.[5]

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.

China and Taiwan[edit]

On 30 May 2016, White was appointed as head coach of Shanghai Shenxin in the China League One, with the side facing a relegation battle.[6] After a slow start, White successfully guided them to safety and a 10th-place finish. On 26 November 2016, Shanghai Shenxin announced that they had parted company with White by mutual agreement.[7]

On 15 September 2017, White was officially announced as head coach and technical director of the Chinese Taipei national football team, with his first games in charge coming against Mongolia and Bahrain on the 5th and 10th October. His appointment saw an immediate improvement in results for Taiwan, with a 4-2 friendly win against Mongolia in his first game, and a shock 2-1 win against Bahrain in a 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier. Before White was appointed, Taiwan had lost the reverse fixture 5-0. The victories saw Taiwan rise to 143rd in the FIFA World Rankings on 15 October, continuing White's record of taking nations to their highest world ranking.


  1. ^ Gary White at Soccerway
  2. ^ "Guam coach Gary White wants to manage in Premier League". BBC Sport. 11 January 2013. 
  3. ^ May, John (11 October 2006). "White flies the flag in Bahamas". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 
  4. ^ May, John (18 March 2004). "Island of football dreams". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "What's it like to coach a tiny soccer nation?". Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  6. ^ 关于盖瑞怀特(Gary White) 先生出任上海申鑫足球俱乐部主教练的公告 Archived 31 May 2016 at (in Chinese)
  7. ^ "上海申鑫足球俱乐部官方公告". (in Chinese). Shanghai Shenxin F.C. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2017.