SCDSL welcomes Bob Turner as Executive Director of SCDSL - San Diego

The Southern California Developmental Soccer League (SCDSL) is excited to welcome Bob Turner as the new Executive Director of the SCDSL – San Diego.

With nearly three decades of experience working in the Southern California youth soccer market, Turner has prioritized his member clubs above everything else in all decision making. Turner has continuously worked to provide his clubs, players and families in San Diego the very best. 

“I am excited about this new adventure and I would not be doing this if I did not whole-heartedly believe that this is what is best for the clubs in San Diego,” said Bob Turner. “Joining US Club Soccer and the SCDSL will benefit everyone that is a part of it and I truly believe that the San Diego market deserves the opportunities available through the new programming and that the clubs and players will thrive and prosper from this.”

Turner’s joining the SCDSL not only strengthens the SCDSL as it prepares to enter its first season under US Club Soccer sanctioning but also encourages inclusion for the broader Southern California market as the SCDSL looks to expand its programming across the entire region.

“I am beyond thrilled that Bob has joined us as Executive Director of the SCDSL – San Diego,” said Michelle Chesters, SCDSL Director of Operations. “Bob’s knowledge of the San Diego market and the established relationships he has with clubs in the community make him the perfect fit for our expanded programming there. I’ve been fortunate to have a wonderful working relationship with Bob over the years and I am looking forward to continuing to work together on the programming that we now offer as part of our sanctioning with US Club Soccer. This is a really exciting time to be a part of youth soccer in all of California!”

Under Turner’s leadership, the SCDSL – San Diego will participate in each of the opportunities the SCDSL afforded themselves through its sanctioning agreement with US Club Soccer including a SoCal State Cup, California State Championship, regionalized PDPs, expanded coaching education, college showcases, the Discovery NPL and a self-contained San Diego gaming schedule. All of these things will rejuvenate youth soccer in Southern California.

“We are very excited to welcome Bob Turner as the Executive Director of the SCDSL – San Diego,” said Kevin Payne, US Club Soccer CEO/Executive Director. “There has been so much division in the Southern California soccer landscape over the years, and our hope is that Bob, working together with the SCDSL, will signal a new day of players, parents, clubs and leagues working together to create the best possible environment for our game. Our shared concern is for players, not politics.”


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