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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 with the Asian Football Confederation's East Asian Football Federation region.

Guam
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Matao[1]
AssociationGuam Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
Head coachKarl Dodd
Most capsJason Cunliffe (40)
Top scorerJason Cunliffe (12)
Home stadiumGuam National Football Stadium
FIFA codeGUM
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 193 Decrease 1 (April 4, 2019)[2]
Highest146 (August – September 2015)
Lowest205 (November 2004 – February 2005)
Elo ranking
Current 207 Steady (March 27, 2019)[3]}
Highest197 (June 2015)
Lowest228 (March 2007)
First international
 Fiji 12–0 Guam Guam
(Guam; August 24, 1975)
Biggest win
 Palau 2–15 Guam Guam
(Koror, Palau; August 1, 1998)
Biggest defeat
 North Korea 21–0 Guam Guam
(Taipei, Taiwan; March 11, 2005)

Guam reached its highest ever position in the FIFA World Ranking at 146 in 2015 after victories over Turkmenistan and India.[4]

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HistoryEdit

Guam's 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 two occasions. However, Guam was eliminated in the first round of Asian qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup after losing against Iran and Tajikistan and was eliminated in the second round of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[5]

Recently, Guam has found success by winning the EAFF preliminary competition and qualifying for the semi-final round in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2016, Guam automatically qualified for the semifinal round based on its FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Guam finished third out of four teams in Group A of the 2014 Challenge Cup qualifiers, completing group play with a 3–0 victory over Chinese Taipei, a win over its regional rival for the first time in history. During November 2013's FIFA International games schedule, Guam beat Cambodia 2–0 and drew with Laos 1–1. Both these International fixtures were played away at the opponents' home national stadiums.

On June 11, 2015, during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers of Group D, Guam clinched their first-ever World Cup Qualifier win beating Turkmenistan 1–0. The game was the first time Guam hosted a World Cup qualifier on their home soil. Just a few days later, Guam hosted their second World Cup qualifier to India and defeated them by a 2–1 scoreline. The win was notable considering India's FIFA rankings sits 33 spots ahead at No. 141, their population is in the billions and they were recently dubbed the 'sleeping giants of football' by FIFA.[6][7]

Guam National Team OfficialsEdit

Position Name
Manager   Karl Dodd
Assistant coach   Josh McCloughan
Goalkeeper coach   Matthew Ham
Team Manager   J.R. Campos
Head of Sports Science  
Physiotherapist   Dr. Ryan Claros
Team Doctor   Dr. Luis Cruz
Video Analyst  
Media Officer   Jill Espiritu
Equipment Director   Kyle Legozzie

On February 1, 2012, Gary White was appointed as head coach and also served as the federation's technical director.[8] The same year, Guam Football Association officially adopted the nickname Matao for the team, which refers to the highest social class in ancient Chamorro society.[9][10] National football teams in Guam also began using the Inifresi (Chamorro pledge) regularly before every training session and all matches.[11]

Before 2012, the men's national team had only won twice against FIFA member nations - a 1-0 win against Mongolia in 2009 and a 2-0 win over American Samoa in 2011. In 2012, Guam defeated Macau-China twice - a 3-0 victory in that year's EAFF East Asian Cup Preliminary Round 1 tournament in Guam and another 3-0 victory in the 2012 Philippines Football Peace Cup in Manila. In Round 2 of the EAFF East Asian Cup Preliminary Round, Guam battled to a 1-1 draw with Chinese Taipei, marking the first point earned in the semifinal round of the regional tournament. In 2013, Guam finished third of four teams in Group A of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification, completing group play with a resounding 3–0 victory over Chinese Taipei, a win over the regional rival for the first time in history. Due to the success of the Matao, FIFA Futbol Mundial (April 2013 episode #137) and various other world media have featured the progress of the Guam national football team. On May 30, 2016, White was appointed as head coach of Shanghai Shenxin in the China League One.[12] With the EAFF E-1 Football Championship semifinal round set for November 2016, Guam acquired head coach Darren Sawatzky on an interim basis.[13]

In late 2017, Guam Football Association announced the appointment of Australia's Karl Dodd as the new Matao Head Coach.[14] Since arriving in Guam in early 2018, Dodd has called prospective players into a training camp in California, where they played against San Diego State University's men's soccer team, as well as LA Galaxy II[15]

Previous CoachesEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up to for the 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship against Chinese Taipei national football team, the Hong Kong national football team and North Korea national football team. Caps and goals updated as of December 1, 2016.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Doug Herrick (1989-06-02) June 2, 1989 (age 29) 26 0   Rovers
22 1GK Dallas Jaye (1993-06-19) June 19, 1993 (age 25) 6 0   Greenville Triumph
18 1GK Sean Evans (1999-07-10) July 10, 1999 (age 19) 0 0   Guam Shipyard
2 2DF Alex Lee (1990-01-05) January 5, 1990 (age 29) 9 0 Unattached
5 2DF Micah Paulino (1992-11-16) November 16, 1992 (age 26) 26 0   Guam Shipyard
6 2DF Mason Grimes (1992-10-21) October 21, 1992 (age 26) 14 0 Unattached
8 2DF Justin Lee (1990-01-05) January 5, 1990 (age 29) 14 1 Unattached
14 2DF Brandon McDonald (1986-01-16) January 16, 1986 (age 33) 10 1   Hà Nội FC
20 2DF A. J. DeLaGarza (1987-11-04) November 4, 1987 (age 31) 12 0   Houston Dynamo
25 2DF Scott Leon Guerrero (1990-08-22) August 22, 1990 (age 28) 21 0   Quality Distributors
3 3MF Jonahan Romero (1988-03-17) March 17, 1988 (age 31) 26 0   Rovers
10 3MF Jason Cunliffe (captain) (1983-10-23) October 23, 1983 (age 35) 40 15   Bank of Guam Strykers
13 3MF Ryan Guy (1985-09-05) September 5, 1985 (age 33) 28 3   SoCal Surf
17 3MF Ian Mariano (1990-10-07) October 7, 1990 (age 28) 31 2   Rovers
21 3MF Marcus Lopez (1992-08-02) August 2, 1992 (age 26) 20 2   IDL FC
28 3MF Rin Katsumata (1997-07-03) July 3, 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Bank of Guam Strykers
9 4FW Edward Na (1996-02-12) February 12, 1996 (age 23) 4 0   Tacoma Stars
12 4FW Tye Perdido (1988-11-28) November 28, 1988 (age 30) 2 0 Unattached
16 4FW Conner Cappelletti (1989-01-10) January 10, 1989 (age 30) 3 0 Unattached
23 4FW Shane Malcolm (1991-10-13) October 13, 1991 (age 27) 17 2   Colorado Springs Switchbacks

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Guam squad within last 12 months. Retired players are not listed.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Bijan Gloston (1993-01-11) January 11, 1993 (age 26) 3 0   Marshall Thundering Herd
2DF Shawn Nicklaw (1989-04-15) April 15, 1989 (age 30) 24 1   FC Edmonton
2DF Josh Borja (1990-08-01) August 1, 1990 (age 28) 14 5   SoCAL Elite
2DF Isiah Lagutang (1997-08-03) August 3, 1997 (age 21) 1 0   Bank of Guam Strykers
2DF Christian Schweizer (1995-01-06) January 6, 1995 (age 24) 16 0   University of Portland
2DF Jonathan Odell (1995-02-25) February 25, 1995 (age 24) 1 0   Guam Shipyard
2DF Gen Fudo (1995-12-10) December 10, 1995 (age 23) 0 0   Guam Shipyard
3MF Travis Nicklaw (1993-12-21) December 21, 1993 (age 25) 21 1   FC Tucson
3MF Jan-Willem Staman (1984-09-01) September 1, 1984 (age 34) 4 0   Rovers
3MF Dylan Naputi (1995-01-04) January 4, 1995 (age 24) 29 3   Ventura County Fusion
3MF Mark Chargualaf (1991-01-03) January 3, 1991 (age 28) 23 0   Guam Shipyard
3MF Marlon Evans (1997-08-03) August 3, 1997 (age 21) 1 0   North Greenville Crusaders
3MF Ian Adamos (1988-04-03) April 3, 1988 (age 31) 14 0   SoCAL Elite
3MF Thaddeus Atalig (1995-05-07) May 7, 1995 (age 24) 8 0   Bowling Green University
3MF Donovan Reyes (1996-04-20) April 20, 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Southern Cobras
4FW Min Sung Choi (1992-10-16) October 16, 1992 (age 26) 2 0   Bank of Guam Strykers
4FW John Matkin (1986-04-20) April 20, 1986 (age 33) 17 1   UiTM
4FW Zachary DeVille (1993-03-23) March 23, 1993 (age 26) 10 2   San Diego Flash
4FW Michael Benito (1998-01-11) January 11, 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Bank of Guam Strykers

Results and fixturesEdit

2018Edit

RecordsEdit

Guam registered its first victory over a member of FIFA on March 11, 2009, 35 years after making its debut. They beat Mongolia, by a score of 1–0 in the 2010 East Asian Cup Preliminary Competition,[16] at home in Yona. Christopher Mendiola scored the only goal after 9 minutes.

The second victory was a 2–0 against American Samoa on September 1, 2011, in Group A at the 2011 Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia. Dylan Naputi and Elias Merfalen scored in the second half.

Guam has beaten its nearest neighbor, 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 Taipei and Macau in International competition and were narrowly beaten 3-2 in Hong Kong against the host country in November 2016.

1975 South Pacific GamesEdit

Additional information: 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 at the bottom of Group 2.

1979 South Pacific GamesEdit

Additional information: 1979 South Pacific Games

Guam competed in South Pacific Games Football – 1979[17] 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 GamesEdit

Additional information: 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 September 9, 1991. On September 12 they lost to Fiji before losing to New Caledonia.[18]

1996 Asian CupEdit

Additional information: 1996 AFC Asian Cup qualification

In Guam's first Asian Cup qualification attempt at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 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 QualificationEdit

Additional information: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification

Guam entered World Cup qualification for the first time for the 2002 tournament which was jointly held 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 CupEdit

Additional information: 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 April 1, in front of 3,000 people and were defeated by Palestine, for whom Fahed Attal scored six times. Bangladesh then defeated Guam on April 3, 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 CupEdit

Additional information: 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 CupEdit

Additional information: 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification

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 CupEdit

Additional information: 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.

2018 World Cup QualificationEdit

Additional information: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Guam entered the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in Group D. Guam hosted the qualifiers for the first time at the Guam Football Association National Training Center in Harmon, which was built with financial assistance from FIFA’s Goal Programme. During the qualifying round, Guam clinched their first FIFA World Cup qualifying win ever by defeating Turkmenistan. Just a few days later, Guam won their second FIFA World Cup qualifying match beating India. The win was notable considering India's FIFA ranking sits 33 spots ahead at No. 141, the size of India's population, and their reputation as they were recently dubbed "the sleeping giants" of football by FIFA.[6][7]

Tournament recordEdit

World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994
  1998
    2002 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 35
  2006 Withdrew
  2010
  2014
  2018 8 2 1 5 3 16
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total - 0/21 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2 1 7 7 51

AFC Asian CupEdit

  • 2019 – Withdrew from the third tournament due to financial constraints.

East Asian Football ChampionshipEdit

  • 2003 – 5th place in qualifiers
  • 2005 – 5th place in qualifiers
  • 2008 – 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)
  • 2017 - Automatically qualified to Round 2 (Ranked higher than bottom four countries in East Asia region)

AFC Challenge CupEdit

  • 2006 – Round 1
  • 2008 – 4th in qualifying group

South Pacific GamesEdit

(South) Pacific (Mini) Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1963 Did not compete
  1966
  1969
  1971
  1975 Group stage 7th place 2 0 0 2 1 16
  1979 Group stage 11th place 2 0 0 2 1 16
  1981 Did not compete
  1983
  1987
  1991 Group stage 8th place 3 0 0 3 2 37
  1993 Group stage 8th place 3 0 0 3 1 35
  1995 Group stage 8th place 3 0 0 3 0 23
  2003 Did not compete
  2007
  2011 Group stage 9th place 5 1 1 3 4 21
  2015 Did not compete
  2017
Total Group stage 6/17 18 1 1 16 9 148

Micronesian GamesEdit

  • 1998 – Runners Up

Philippine Peace CupEdit

  • 2012 – Third place

ReferencesEdit

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