Farhad Mansourian, CNRA Director of Referee Development, has announced his retirement from soccer. In an email to other administrators, Farhad cited personal reasons for his decision, including his work commitments and growing family with his fourth grandchild due soon. In an effort to balance family and work, “soccer loses to the competition (aka grandchildren),” he said.
Said Ravanfar, Cal-North State Referee Administrator, praised Farhad for his dedication to soccer and developing future generations of referees. He added, “Farhad has been a tremendous, personal mentor. He has immense knowledge of the game and has guided countless referees and administrators to high levels of service and success. I thank him dearly for his service. He is going to be missed by all.”
Steve Larsen, Cal-North State Youth Referee Administrator, also thanked Farhad for his leadership. “As [he has] always said, ‘family comes first,’ so I can’t blame [him] for following [his] own advice. I am also fortunate to have experienced [his] contributions.”
In June 2015, Farhad was appointed by the CNRA Board of Directors to lead the reorganized Referee Development committee. The state was formed into four areas, each led by a Regional Referee Coordinator who reported to Farhad. Additional services were identified for assignors, assessors, instructors, and referee development, all reporting to the State Director of Referee Development. Referee Academies were held throughout the state to promote the latest training material directly from Farhad’s experience leading FIFA Futuro events.
Farhad was a National Referee and has been a National Assessor working within professional leagues including MLS for several years. He is notably gifted as mentoring and developing newer referees within MLS. Farhad also spearheaded top-level referee development groups within the state that later became the current model of CNRA’s Tier I Academy: Advanced Referee Training.
A successor has not been named and Farhad will continue to serve CNRA until replaced by the State Referee Administrator, Said Ravanfar. The members of CNRA thank Farhad for his dedication and service to the game.