Mo Sheta from VA becomes the league's new president
May 27 th , 2021– Leesburg, VA – The Eastern Premier Soccer League (EPSL) is excited to announce the addition of Ahmed “Mo” Sheta as the newest President of the league. Mo has been involved with the beautiful game for a long time in several capacities. He has been the owner of the Northern Virginia Royals for over 23 years. Sheta helped found the club which plays in the USL Second Division. He watched over the club for eight professional seasons, working closely with nearby DC United in player development. He moved the team to the current USL 2 league in 2006. Mo’s experience will bring a lot to the table in helping the EPSL advance towards becoming a top-notch league within the relegation and promotion system in the USA. Mo expressed his excitement and expressed: “I am thankful for the opportunity to work with the EPSL and lead it in the direction of success by helping build strong programs”. He added that the “EPSL will play a big role in the growth of the sport of soccer by implementing programs suited for development of young players from every corner of our region and eventually the entire nation”.
Mo’s background in several aspects of the development and business side of the game will be a great addition to the Eastern Premier Soccer League. One of Sheta’s skills as a developer is to envision long term goals for organizations that have been successful.
The following are some of Mo’s accomplishments as a leader in addition to being inducted into the class of the 2007 USL Hall of Fame in the builder category.
Formed the soccer club in 1983
Owned and operated indoor facilities in the NoVA area since 1982
Owned and operated a soccer retail store in the NoVA area since 1983
Joined United Soccer Leagues Pro Division in 1997 after winning the US Open Cup, after 7 seasons in the
Pro Div, the team moved to what’s currently called USL 2
USL SYL and Super 20 Founding Member voted top 10 youth clubs five years including #1 SYL club in the
2013 formed Evergreen FC, after growing the club in a short time the club was sold to Barcelona Academy
EPSL Mid-Atlantic Commissioner Andy Salandy expressed his excitement in a conference call:
“ This is such a fantastic occasion for us in the EPSL, to have a man as decorated in soccer as Mr. Sheta as our new President of the EPSL. His connections in the soccer community are very extensive and he has built one of the most successful clubs in NOVA FC not just in the state of Virginia but on the entire East Coast. Having Mr. Sheta aka Mo at the head of our EPSL league votes very well for our future and I am very excited to work with him and build something special with the EPSL.”
About the Eastern Premier Soccer League
Formed in 2020, the EPSL is a 501(c) non-profit Unlike other national and regional leagues, the clubs and feeder leagues will participate in governance including the establishing of fees, prize money, and schedule to keep costs down and minimize travel. The EPSL is looking to establish agreements with other local leagues as either a promotion/relegation feeder league or through a cooperative league agreement to preserve and maintain the relevancy of elite local leagues by marketing as members of the EPSL. Through either pro/rel or this association of leagues, local leagues can collectively market themselves as entry points to higher level playing opportunities and leagues of choice for competitive amateur soccer. In 2020 EPSL has reached historical feeder league agreements with four elite amateur soccer leagues in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League (CSL) in the New York metropolitan area, New Jersey’s Garden State Soccer League (GSSL), the New England Champions League (NECL), and the Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC based Maryland Major Soccer League (MMSL) to establish the first regional based multi-league promotion and relegation system in the United States. The CSL, GSSL, NECL, and MMSL have produced US Open Cup and National Amateur champions and have some of the top amateur teams in the United States so reaching agreements with these elite leagues is an exciting milestone in the history of US Soccer.
The EPSL is also an affiliate of the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) and EPSL clubs will earn the right to compete in the NISA Independent Cup against NISA professional clubs. EPSL clubs are also affiliated with the US Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), through their state associations and, as such, will be eligible to participate in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup qualifying rounds, the US National Amateur Cup and state and regional cup competitions. More information about EPSL can be found at www.epslsoccer.com or on the league’s social media platforms @epslsoccer EPSL clubs will be affiliated with the US Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), through their state associations and, as such, will be eligible to participate in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup qualifying rounds, the U.S. National Amateur Cup and state and regional cup competitions.
More information about EPSL can be found at epslsoccer.com or on the league’s social media
Contact EPSL: Epslsoccer.com
Mike Seium, Director of Communications twitter.com/EPSLsoccer
Contact number 240-535-4940