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Bill Stirling (CAN)

Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Date of birth: 1918-10-03
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Raised: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Date of death: 2014-11-24
All Positions: Canada Soccer Past President
Canada Soccer Life Member (†)
Hall of Fame honoured member
Profile Text Last Updated 2017-05-12
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William L. Stirling... earned degree with first class honours in history from the University of British Columbia in 1938... earned M.A. degree in history and international relations from Clark University in 1939... was a teacher at Burnaby South High School... served in the Canadian Army... wounded in action, he was discharged from the army in 1946 with the rank of captain... earned a degree in Law from the University of British Columbia in 1950... worked as a lawyer (he specialized in Municipal Law and Criminal Law)... 
wrote Eric King in 1980, “no other President in the Association’s history has been subjected to the kind of pressures, problems, and frustrations that have been evident during Bill Stirling’s term of office; similarly, no other President has led the Association through a period of such rapid growth in participation and presided over such ambitious development programs”... wrote Colin Jose, “his quiet diplomacy made him one of the most effective presidents the Canadian Soccer Association has ever had”... in 2000, was one of three former Canadian Soccer Association presidents included in the inaugural class honoured by The Soccer Hall of Fame in Canada (Dave Fryatt, Bill Simpson and Bill Stirling)... 

For Sport

served as President of the Vancouver and District Juvenile Soccer Association... served as President of BC Soccer... served as a vice president of the Canadian Soccer Association (1970-73), known as the Canadian Soccer Football Association until 1971... served as the 26th president of the Canadian Soccer Association (1973-81)... named interim president of the Canadian Soccer Association in May 1973 (after John Barnes’ resignation at the Annual Meeting in Edmonton, AB)... elected to a two-year term as president of the Canadian Soccer Association in April 1974 (at the Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC)... re-elected as president of the Canadian Soccer Association in April 1976 (at Annual Meeting in Toronto, ON)... served as a head of delegation with Canada’s national teams, including the 1984 CONCACAF Men’s Youth Championship... 

Year Prize Honour
2000 Honoured Builder / Bâtisseur honoré Canada Soccer Hall of Fame
1986 Recipient / Récipiendaire Aubrey Sanford Meritorious Award
1985 Life Member / membre à vie Canada Soccer Life Member

Men's Soccer

End Date Team Coach National Team Project Role
1984-09-10 canm20 Bob Bearpark [1984-08] CONCACAF Youth Championship Head of Delegation


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