Alan Southard

Jul 12, 1928
Bristol, ENG
Where they grew up
Bristol, ENG


Alan Southard

Alan William Southard... married to wife Patricia (they had children Carol and Christopher)... he was 28 years old when he arrived in Canada on 5 January 1957 (via New York)... he was 92 years old when he passed away on 20 October 2020... served as Vice-President of Peoples Jewellers... served in the Royal Air Force from 1946 to 1949... oversaw nearly quadruple growth of the Canadian Youth Soccer Association over 12 years (from 52,000 players in 1969 to 200,000 players in 1981)... 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 2003)...

wrote Eric King in 1981, Southard “has made a distinguished contribution to the growth and development of soccer generally and youth soccer particularly at the national level... the growth of youth soccer under Mr. Southard’s direction can only be described as phenomenal”... also wrote King in 1981, “Mr. Southard is one of those rare breed of volunteers without whom the development of a comprehensive amateur sports program would not be possible”... wrote Southard in 2002, “since I kicked a soccer ball at six or seven years old, my universe turned around football. It’s a passion for me”...

For Sport

served as President of the Ontario Youth Soccer Association...

served as the first president of the Canadian Youth Soccer Association (1 June 1969)... served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Soccer Association... served as Vice President and Treasurer of the Ontario Soccer Association... served on the National Organising Committee for the 1974 CONCACAF Juvenile Tournament...

served as Chairman of the Robbie International Soccer Tournament (1981-1984)...

Individual Honours