Bill Hoyle

18 July 1925
Date of passing
20 February 2018 (Age 92)
Salford, ENG
Where they grew up


Bill Hoyle

William Hoyle... he lost the sight in his right eye in 1937... served in the Fleet Air Arm during World War II... he married his wife Nancy Patricia Green on 31 August 1946 in Preston, ENG (they had four children: David, Janet, Wendy, and Roger)... he was 28 years old when he moved to Canada on 2 February 1954... he became a referee in April 1957... attended Canada Soccer’s 1978 FIFA/Coca-Cola World Football Development Seminar in Victoria, BC (referees)... in 1999, served on The Soccer Hall of Fame’s first selection committee that voted on 11 players and 11 builders for the inaugural Class of 2000...

honoured as a Canada Soccer Life Member... honoured by the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame... recipient of Canada Soccer’s President’s Award in 2005... honoured as an Ontario Soccer Life Member...

said Andy Sharpe in 2005, Hoyle “has given over 50 years of his life to soccer not only in Ontario, but also across Canada: fifty years of hard work, knowledge and integrity”... as noted in 2009, “he wore his heart on his sleeve and was motivated solely by what was in the best interest of the game”... wrote John Knox in 2009, “Hoyle exemplifies the talent, dedication and selfless service of the many volunteers which enable participation in and enjoyment of soccer in Ontario and Canada”... said Hoyle in 2009, the Soccer Hall of Fame “is my baby; we’ve spent a lot of time building up its continuity... no one has any idea all the help we got; more than 20 people had their part to play (and) they’re the ones who should be honoured”... wrote Wolf Ruck in 2009, “Bill leaves behind an impressive array of achievements, amongst which is his leading role in the establishment of The Soccer Hall of Fame & Museum in Vaughan”...

For Sport

was a member of the Toronto & District Soccer Referees’ Association (1957 to 1975), serving as an executive for 16 years and President for seven years... was a founding member of the Eastern Canada Referees Association in 1959... served as President of the Ontario Soccer Referees Association... served as a Canada Soccer Referee Instructor...

served as Head of Delegation with Canada Soccer’s National Teams (1986 Tour of Caribbean and Costa Rica)... served on the National Organising Committee for the 1974 CONCACAF Juvenile Tournament... worked Venue Administration for the Toronto Site at the FIFA U-16 World Tournament Canada 1987 (FIFA U-17 World Cup)...

served as Director of Sport Ontario (1978-79) and Secretary of Sport Ontario (1980-82)... served as Vice-President Finance and Treasurer of the Ontario Soccer Association (1978-79); served as president of the Ontario Soccer Association (1979-86)...

served as Chairman of Ontario Soccer’s Heritage Committee (1988-2000)... was a founding member of The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum in 1997 and served as Chairman of the Board (2000 to 2008)...

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