Raleigh, North Carolina - United Futsal has named Dewan Bader as Commissioner of the Champions Cup Series (CCS). Bader will manage club members of the youth futsal tournament series that kicked off its inaugural season in 2020.
As the newest CCS representative, Bader looks forward to working with United Futsal President Rob Andrews who has been a vocal advocate of the sport for the past decade.
"Rob [Andrews] has always been a futsal purist that has really tried to promote the game," said Bader. "I have a real appreciation and respect for that. He has fought the good fight for more than 10 years."
As the youth futsal tournament series grows, Bader hopes to attract other reputable clubs that are committed to developing a defined pathway for the game. Bader will review the opinions of CCS member clubs in order to develop the program into what all envision.
Andrews values the experience that Bader adds to the Champions Cup Series (CCS). The annual competition series continues to attract dedicated youth futsal clubs and major soccer clubs that are looking for the highest level futsal programming. Bader’s experience at all levels of the game will further develop CCS into a competition for elite youth futsal coaches and players to excel.
"We are thrilled to have someone with Dewan’s experience as the first Commissioner of our Champions Cup Series," said Andrews. “His professional playing career and passion for futsal make him an ideal choice for this position and a great fit within our organization."
Bader brings 30 years of experience in the soccer industry to the Champions Cup Series (CCS). The Maryland native suited up for North Carolina State University from 1989 to 1992. Following his collegiate career, Bader played two years for the Raleigh Flyers of the USISL, now known as the United Soccer League (USL). He continued his professional career as an outdoor and arena soccer player. He won his first arena soccer championship with the Cleveland Crunch in 1996 and lifted two more titles with the Baltimore Blast in the early 2000s. On the national level, Bader competed for the U.S. National Futsal Team.
Following his retirement from professional soccer, Bader served as Director of Coaching at Triangle Football Club in Raleigh, North Carolina, for 12 years. He was also founder of the Atlantic Soccer League. Bader served as President and Commissioner of the youth soccer league that was formed to provide exposure and a higher level of competition to clubs that did not compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy at that time.
On the coaching side, Bader served as head coach of the Carolina Railhawks U23 team for 11 years and assistant coach of the USL team for nine years. In 2016, the Railhawks rebranded to North Carolina FC. Bader continued his position as the U23 head coach until 2018. He now serves as head coach of the U13 and U14 U.S. Soccer Development Academy South teams at North Carolina FC.
Bader joins the Champions Cup Series (CCS) prior to an eventful summer in Orlando, Florida. United Futsal is currently preparing for a series of CCS events in July. National Training Camp, CCS National Championships and the World Futsal Championships will be held at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Stay tuned for more CCS coverage in the coming months.