The Georgia Division of the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to announce that Patrick Roach has been appointed as the official manager for Division 1 in Georgia. Patrick, who is already the division’s referee assigner, now brings his considerable experience of working in the game the last 25+ years to aid in the further development of Division 1 in Georgia.
Born in Jamaica, Patrick started playing soccer at the tender age of six and continued playing the sport throughout high school, college and went on to play in the Adult Division 1 and subsequently the Jamaican Premier League.
Patrick rose to the national level as a referee and officiated and performed management duties in the top leagues throughout Jamaica. He migrated to the United States more than twenty five years ago and became a referee assessor, instructor and assignor in order to “give back to the sport.”
With his colleague, Wesley Graham, they created and ran the Atlanta Caribbean Soccer League later bringing on Alwayne Rose and others to help grow the league. This league became one of the top amateur leagues in the state of Georgia. Through the vision of Patrick’s colleague, Wesley Graham, the Caribbean League merged with the UPSL back in 2018 and the league now has grown to include teams from all over the state of Georgia and one team in Alabama.
Patrick states upon appointment to Division 1 Manager: “I will continue to do whatever it takes to assist in the development of soccer in the USA and throughout the world.”