Saint Louis Youth Soccer Association (SLYSA) is pleased to announce its hiring of Johann Arnason, who joined the association as Executive Director on November 5, 2013. Within his role, Arnason will oversee and direct the largest youth soccer league in the Saint Louis area which includes close to 10,000 boys and girls on over 600 teams annually.
"What attracted me to SLYSA is its mission to develop and provide top level competition for youth soccer in the St. Louis area. I grew up in Iceland where soccer is the number one sport, so it has been fascinating for me to watch how much soccer has grown in the U.S. in recent years, and I’m very excited about being a part of that ongoing process in the St. Louis area," said Arnason. "Soccer is a big sport in St. Louis and there are a lot of good soccer clubs in the area- clubs of different sizes that are very structured, well-managed and have good coaches. These clubs have developed many quality soccer players for high schools, colleges, and even professional teams. Playing games in an organized, competitive league is an important part of individual teams’ and players’ development, and SLYSA has provided that league for close to 40 years now. My job will be to maintain the good relationship SLYSA has with the clubs in the area and help build the best possible soccer league for them to play in."
"The entire executive board is excited about adding Johann to the SLYSA team," said Nik Bushell, president of SLYSA." Johann´s knowledge and skills in both soccer and business make a great combination to take the organization to the next level for youth soccer players in the metro area."
About Johann Arnason
Johann has a Master in Management degree and an MBA degree from Fontbonne University, as well as a B.A. degree in Mass Communication from Truman State University. He was most recently a manager at UniGroup Relocation in Fenton, Missouri. Johann has been involved with soccer most of his life. While growing up in Iceland, he played and refereed soccer, and for a period of time managed a professional soccer team there. He also played soccer for Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri and has been involved with soccer in the St. Louis area as a coach with Kolping Kicks and as a soccer referee at the youth, high-school, and college levels.
The St. Louis Youth Soccer Association was founded in 1975 and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1976. SLYSA operates competitive soccer leagues for boys and girls ages 8 to 18. The major objective of the organization is to develop, promote, and provide top level competition for youth soccer in the greater St. Louis area. Close to 10,000 boys and girls represent over 600 teams that compete in the SLYSA league annually. The organization owns its own soccer complex that consists of 104 acres of land with 18 fields.