Guam head coach Gary White, who helped Guam to an all-time high of 160 in FIFA’s world rankings last year, has remarked that youth development system is important to achieve results.
A day after his 167th-ranked side in FIFA’s world rankings pulled off a surprise 2-2 draw against world No 153 Singapore, White said attention of the public should be on the players instead.
“You got good fields compared to most Asian countries. You have a professional league,” White, 40, said. “So I think instead of focusing on the stadium, the focus should be on the team.”
“My concern (as a coach) would be to find places to train even if it is where we played (Jalan Besar Stadium), which is no different to what we have, and is better than most. “If you go to the Philippines, they are struggling for training centers and would love (to use) that stadium. I don’t know why the focus isn’t on the team.
“I am sure you have enough training fields, (and) the stadium is beautiful. What were you before you had it? (ASEAN Football Federation) Suzuki (Cup) champions before you had the (new National) stadium right? So why is it holding (you) back now?”
The Guam FA has a youth development system in place where children of about 10 to 11 years old are schooled in a specific way of playing football.
“We have a certain way of playing, and our philosophy is instilled in our kids. It’s sort of like our DNA,” said White. “We keep it clear-cut. So when the kids move from project elite (youth development) to the national team, they have an idea of what to do on and off the ball.”