President of the Canadian Soccer Association (1973-1982)
the longest serving president in CSA history, Stirling headed the Association throughout one of the most important phases in the development of soccer in Canada. During his tenure the game expanded all across the country, while the CSA became more and more involved in international soccer. Bill Stirling was president when Canada hosted the 1976 FIFA Congress and the 1976 Olympic Games. His quiet diplomacy made him one of the most effective presidents the CSA has ever had. He was the first winner of the Aubrey Sanford Meritorious Service award for the "promotion and development of
soccer in Canada."