FRISCO, Texas (April 7, 2020) — US Youth Soccer is pleased to announce Said Mossavian as the new league manager of the US Youth Soccer Desert Conference. Mossavian will begin the role in its full capacity on May 1, and he is now actively working with outgoing Desert Conference manager Nik Bushell to ensure an optimal transition.
Mossavian currently acts as the Chief Operating Officer for the Colorado Soccer Association, where he has served since 2018. His experience with youth soccer in the area covers more than two decades, as he spent 22 years with the Colorado Storm soccer club prior to joining the Colorado Soccer Association.
“I am very excited to continue to push the Desert Conference forward as the top competition in this area of the country,” Mossavian said. “It’s a challenging time for all in the sports world at the moment, but I look forward to working with our teams, clubs, State Associations and other conferences within the Leagues Program to make sure we’re providing the best possible competition moving forward.”
The Desert Conference is one of 13 Conferences that make up of the US Youth Soccer Leagues Program at the multi-state tier. The Desert Conference consists of teams primarily from Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. The top teams in the Conference earn advancement to the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, as well as a chance to earn a spot in the national tier of the Leagues Program — the US Youth Soccer National League.
In addition to his experience at the club and state levels in Colorado, Mossavian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management from the University of Northern Colorado. He has an extensive coaching background and owns an USSF “B” License. Mossavian has also officiated the game of soccer for the last 20 years, which includes being an assistant referee at the Colorado Rapids inaugural MLS game in Denver.
“Said comes into this role with a multitude of perspectives — such as coaching, administrative and refereeing — that will prove to be very valuable when managing the Desert Conference,” said Marley Wilson, US Youth Soccer’s Director of Leagues and Competitions. “He worked with me in 2015 on a revamping of the previous version of the Desert Conference, and he’ll help the conference continue to grow and improve.”
For more information on the Leagues Program and its 13 conferences, including the Desert Conference, click here.