NMI, Guam add 13 to number of licensed goalkeeping coaches

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(Guam Football Association) — Thirteen of the region’s licensed football coaches officially added another license to their coach education résumé — the AFC Level 1 Goalkeeping Coaching Certificate — following passing grades issued by AFC Instructor Yoshio Kato from Japan.

Guam Football Association received the coaches’ official certificates from AFC a few weeks after the course concluded Jan. 31 at GFA.

“One of the key components of football development is coach education, and I am pleased to see more coaches earning higher licenses and specialized licenses like the AFC Goalkeeping Coaching Certificate,” said Sang Hoon Kim, GFA technical director. “We have many youth players who show potential to play at high levels and have a passion to succeed, but they also must be coached properly to reach their potential. This is why coach education is so important. I hope to see more of Guam’s coaches taking part in coach education courses, especially ones here in Guam — whether it’s to earn licenses through the GFA ‘D’ Coaching Course and AFC courses, or for enrichment. Currently licensed coaches also should take part in local courses as a refresher, as football trends change all the time.” 

Front row, from left, Kwok Kei Poon, Angie Ito, and Raymond Zapanta join fellow coaches and Asian Football Confederation Instructor Yoshio Kato, back row, fifth left, of Japan for a group photo during a break in an Asian Football Confederation Level 1 Goalkeeping Coaching Course at the Guam Football Association National Training Center in Harmon early this year. Guam Football Association photo

Ten of the successful course participants are from Guam and three were registered under the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association. Guam’s coaches are Ralph Awa, Robert Becker, Ashley Besagar, Julius “JR” Campos, Shawn Gumataotao, Dr. Gary Larkin, Chima Mbakwem, Pution Mendiola, Chyna Ramirez, and Kimberly Sherman. The three coaches from Saipan are Mae Ito, Poon Kwok Kei, and Raymond Zapanta.

Guam more than doubled its number of licensed goalkeeper coaches following January’s AFC Level 1 course. Previously, only four currently in Guam held international goalkeeping coaching certificates: Ross Awa, Dominic Gadia, Brett Maluwelmeng, and Johann Noetzel.

The January course conducted by Kato, and coordinated locally by Ross Awa, featured classroom sessions, practical sessions with assessments, and a theory exam, all at the Guam Football Association National Training Center in Harmon.

Kato, a former Japan National Team player and professional goalkeeper, also was part of the coaching staff of several of Japan’s national teams in various FIFA World Cup tournaments, first with Japan’s team at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago in 2001. He also was part of Japan’s coaching staff at two FIFA U20 World Cup tournaments —  2003 in United Arab Emirates and 2005 in the Netherlands. In 2010, he was appointed as part of Japan’s coaching staff at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The AFC Level 1 Goalkeeping Coaching Certificate is the first of three in a tiered education system. To be officially be registered as a Goalkeeper Coach at the U16 to senior international level, coaches must have at least the Level 2 certificate this year through to 2021, according the AFC Competitions Operations Manual 2019 Edition 2. By 2022, Goalkeeper Coaches must have a Level 3 certificate.

To be fully registered as a participant in an AFC Level 1 Goalkeeping Coaching Certificate course, coaches must already have at least an AFC “C” Coaching Certificate or equivalent, as approved by AFC.


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