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Feb, 2021

Garreth Barker Announced As USL Director

Southern Soccer Academy are excited to announce the appointment of Garreth Barker as their first USL Academy Sporting Director. Garreth will oversee the USL Academy and also work within the clubs MLS Next program.

Garreth worked in professional Soccer in England for over 20 years holding posts as Academy Manager, U18s coach and Reserve Team Manager at various clubs from the Premier League to the EFL League 1. He was the Academy Manager and U18s coach at Blackpool FC as they rose from EFL League 1 to the Premier League. He then moved on with a two-year spell at Bolton Wanderers FC working with the U21s development group. Latterly Garreth was appointed by Rotherham United FC in the English Championship where he spent Five and a half years serving as the Academy Director and Reserve Team Manager.

Garreth holds the FA Youth Award, League Managers Diploma in Football Management and Business and in 2014 was awarded the UEFA Pro Coaching License.


We welcome Garreth and look forward to our players benefitting from his experience.

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