Interim General Manager & Sporting Director
In his third season with the Rapids, first as Interim General Manager & Sporting Director, Pádraig Smith oversees all soccer activities including the coaching and technical staff, player acquisitions, domestic and international scouting, the development academy, as well as the Rapids partnerships with its USL affiliate Charlotte Independence and adidas Alliance clubs.
Prior to joining the Rapids in January 2015, Smith spent the previous three years with European soccer’s governing body, UEFA, and previously worked for the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).
Smith has been a key player in UEFA’s Financial Analysis Group, which assesses the top professional European clubs in the areas of finance, corporate and sporting structures. He also oversaw national association and club compliance with Financial Fair Play and Licensing regulations.
While at the FAI, Smith introduced the first mandatory salary cap in European league soccer and chaired the long-term strategy group charged with implementing a fully integrated football/player development and competition pyramid in Ireland.
Smith has served on a number of advisory committees including at the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) and UEFA.