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FIFA Instructor and Former World Cup Official, Esse Baharmast, joins Colorado Soccer Association as the Director of Referees.

 
 
FIFA Instructor and Former World Cup Official, Esse Baharmast, joins Colorado Soccer Association as the Director of Referees.

Denver, CO (August 29, 2017) —Colorado Soccer Association staff members are excited to welcome Esse Baharmast to the team and our soccer family.
 
Colorado Soccer Association (CSA) is pleased to announce that well-respected former FIFA international referee, Esse Baharmast, has been appointed as the Director of Referees for Colorado. Esse will provide expert knowledge, advice, mentoring and support to CSA’s growing referee program.
 
For those who do not know, Esse has an extensive list of accomplishments that has afforded him a wealth of knowledge to share with the Colorado Referee Program.  Not only did Esse officiate the first MLS match on April 6, 1996, but he also served as referee in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and in the 1998 World Cup in France. He has served as Director of Referees for US Soccer, was a member of CONCACAF Referees’ Committee and still serves as a FIFA instructor today. As a FIFA instructor, Esse has supported the instruction and preparation of referees at various FIFA tournaments, including 3 Olympics in: Beijing, London and Rio, as well as 2006, 2010, and 2014 World Cups in Germany, South Africa and Brazil.
 
Esse is thrilled to be helping the referees in Colorado, where he can put all of his knowledge and experience to work.  “Before I became a referee, I was a player and a coach.”, says Esse, who holds a National B Coaching License from US Soccer.  “Having walked in the player’s, coach’s and referee’s shoes, I have the ability to see situations from all three points of view.  I have empathy and respect for each position and understand what each goes through.”  Esse’s experiences in all three roles uniquely qualifies him to establish closer ties among referees, players and coaches.  When each entity has an appreciation for the other, the soccer experience will be better for everyone in Colorado.
 
For the last 8 months, CSA has been committed to growing grassroots soccer and the referee program here in Colorado.  Nate Shotts, CEO of Colorado Soccer Association believes that they are finally getting there, “We couldn’t be more excited to get someone of Esse’s qualifications and caliber onboard to oversee our referee program in Colorado.  He will be instrumental in helping to improve recruitment, retention and education of Colorado’s referees.” 
 
CSA is fully committed to serving its members, improving its current programs and brining in new programs.  For more information on Esse Baharmast or CSA’s commitment to growing the Colorado Referee program, please visit 
www.coloradosoccer.org
 

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