It has been announced yesterday that the Philippine Senior National Football Team will face the Guam National Football team in a FIFA International friendly. The friendly will be held on June 12 at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod, the first one it will be hosting since the home leg of the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifying match against Mongolia on February 9, 2011.
The 194th ranked FA (222nd in the Elo Ratings) is a founding member of the East Asian Football Federation sub-group of the Asian Football Confederation. Overseeing the squad is the newly-hired Gary White. The former manager of The British Virgin Islands and The Bahamas also serves as the FA's Technical Director, which serves him well as he tries to build up the sport in the American territory. He had been serving as Techincal Director for Washington Youth Soccer just before being hired by the Guam FA.
The team last played in the 2011 Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, where they toted a 1-1-3 record to finish in a tie for fourth in Group A.
Guam is now the third nation that the Philippines will be facing during the dates FIFA has earmarked for international friendlies. A visit to Malaysia on June 1 will then be followed by a long-overdue match at Rizal Memorial against Indonesia on June 5. The three matches are part of the preparations for the AFF Suzuki Cup to be held later this year.