Builder - Alan Southard

Born. Bristol, England, July 12, 1928.Alan Southard

Emigrated to Canada January 5, 1957 after having lived in Bristol and Bath and served three years in the Royal Air Force from 1946 to 1949. Played soccer at school and in the Royal Air Force and then for Bath City as an amateur from 1950 to 1956. In Ontario played for the Toronto Rangers of the Toronto and District League from 1959 to 1963. First president of the Canadian Youth Soccer Association when it was organized in 1969 and a Life Member of both the Canadian and Ontario Soccer Associations. The Canadian Soccer Association gave birth to the Canadian Youth Soccer Association at a time when youth soccer was disjointed and without direction. Alan Southard became president in its inaugural year and by 1981 had raised the number of participants from 52,000 in 1969 to 200,000 in 1981, and remained a driving force in youth soccer development for many years both in Ontario and the rest of Canada. In addition in his more than 30 years in soccer he has been a member of the CSA Executive Committee, the Vice President and the Treasurer of The Ontario Soccer Association, the Chairman of the Robbie International Soccer Tournament, an executive member of the Scarborough Soccer Association, Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of St. Andrews Soccer Club and also found time to coach the St. Andrews Under 16 Girls Team. Wife Patricia was also involved in soccer as a coach. Her teams won three national championships. Daughter Caron won an Ontario championship as a player in 1986, and son Christopher won three national championships as a player.