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Builder - Eric King

Born: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, November 1, 1937Eric King

Arrived in Toronto May 10, 1957 and spent the first year in Toronto before moving west to Saskatoon. After graduating with a B.A., B.Ed from the University of Saskatchewan he taught high school for a year. He succeeded George Anderson as General Secretary of the Canadian Soccer Association on September 6, 1968, operating first from his own home until July 1, 1970. When he moved to Ottawa as the first fulltime Executive Director of the CSA. He supervised many important changes in Canadian soccer including the tremendous expansion of the game in the 1970s and Canada's expanding involvement internationally. Under King, Canada played host to the 1976 Olympic Games and staged a FIFA Congress in the same year. As a player with Saskatoon Spartans he was invited to attend a national team training camp and was selected as one of the final 22 for the 1968 World Cup squad. However, the CSA constitution did not allow a registered player to be a member of the CSA National Executive Committee. He was oblidged to make a choice between the national team and the Secretary's job. He chose the latter. Not representing Canada internationally was a major disappointment. He left the CSA in 1985 to accept a position as Vice President Operations & Marketing with the Coaching Association of Canada, but continued to serve the game, holding executive positions with the Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association and later Vice President of the Ontario Soccer Association. He cites his greatest contribution to the game in Canada as causing FIFA to change the way it sold the TV rights for the World Cup in North America. An eightyear lobbying campaign resulted in FIFA changing the process resulting in Canadians seeing every World Cup game on home TV beginning in 1982.