Eric King

Nov 01, 1937
Mansfield, ENG
University of Saskatchewan
Where they grew up
Mansfield, ENG


Eric King

Eric King... he was 19 years old when he moved to Toronto, ON on 9 May 1957; moved to Saskatchewan a year later... he married his wife Shirley on 29 September 1962 (they had children Lisa and Michelle)... he was 73 years old when he passed away in Kingston, ON on 30 May 2011... earned B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1968... earned Bachelor Education from the University of Saskatchewan in 1969... was an English teacher at Mount Royal Collegiate in Saskatoon (1969-70), including serving as coach for the school’s soccer and table tennis teams... in 2000, one of 14 alternate builders shortlisted by The Soccer Hall of Fame (he became an honoured member as part of the Class of 2002)...

said King in 1971, “before coming to the (National Sports) Centre, I worked off my kitchen table and out of a small room in my basement (in Saskatoon)”... said King in 1977, “we want to get those (World Cup) games on home TV to win over the unconverted. It’s important for the growth and development of the game in Canada”... said Terry Quinn in 1994, “under this gentleman’s leadership, Canada Soccer secured the support of corporate sponsors for many national programs... with increased corporate sponsorship in 1980, Canada Soccer’s budget exceeded one million dollars” for the first time... wrote Colin Jose in 2001, his “greatest contribution to the game was causing FIFA to change the way it sold the TV rights for the World Cup in North America. An eight-year lobbying campaign resulted in FIFA changing the process resulting in Canadians seeing every World Cup game on home TV beginning in 1982... wrote King in 2011, “during a 34 year career in sport, I had the opportunity to travel extensively, visiting every continent and making lifelong friends along the way”...

For Sport

served as President and Treasurer of the Saskatchewan Soccer Association (1965-68)...

served as the eighth secretary of the Canadian Soccer Association (1968 to 31 August 1985), known as the Canadian Soccer Football Association until 1971... was in fact the first full-time Secretary of Canada Soccer (the position was part time until July 1970 with office at 924 Temperance Street in Saskatoon)... served on the National Organising Committee for the 1974 CONCACAF Juvenile Tournament... was a member of Canada Soccer’s bid committee for the 1986/1990 FIFA World Cup...

served as Vice President Operations & Marketing for the Coaching Association of Canada (starting in 1985)... served with the Ontario Soccer Association...

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