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William Hoyle, Canada Soccer Hall of Fame honoured member, passes away at age 92

Posted on 23 February 2018 in Around the Soccer World

Mr. William Hoyle, a Canada Soccer Life Member and an honoured member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame, has passed away at age 92. A veteran of the Second World War, Mr. Hoyle was involved in the sport of soccer in Canada for more than 50 years as a referee, administrator, and executive.

Mr. Hoyle notably served as President of the Ontario Soccer from 1979 to 1986 and Chairman of the Board of The Soccer Hall of Fame from 2000 to 2008. He was a Life Member of both Ontario Soccer and Canada Soccer as well as a recipient of the Canada Soccer President’s Award and the Government of Ontario’s June Caldwood Award for Outstanding Achievement for Voluntarism.

From shortly after his arrival in Canada in 1954, he worked as a referee in Ontario. He served as President of the Toronto & District Soccer Referees’ Association and later the Ontario Soccer Referees’ Association.

Beyond his work with Ontario Soccer, Mr. Hoyle served on the National Organising Committee for the 1974 CONCACAF Juvenile Tournament and later worked as Venue Administration for the Toronto Site at the FIFA U-16 World Tournament Canada 1987. He served as a head of delegation with Canada’s national team in March 1986.

Mr. Hoyle is also kindly remembered for his work in preserving and celebrating the history of the game in Canada. He served as Chairman of Ontario Soccer’s Heritage Committee and was a founding member of The Soccer Hall of Fame in Vaughan.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday 3 March at J. Scotty Early, 21 James Street, Milton, Ontario. The service takes place at 11.00 with a lunch reception to follow. Donations may be made to Canada Soccer in lieu of flowers.

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