Builder - William Hoyle

Born: Salford, England, July 18, 1925.William Hoyle

Bill Hoyle attended Preston Grammar School from 1936 to 1941 and first played organized soccer there as a forward, once scoring 17 goals in four games. After leaving school he played at the senior amateur level and had a trial with Lancaster City. Bill Served in the Fleet Air Arm during World War Two from November 1943 to April 1947 playing on squadron teams during the war years. He came to Canada on February 2, 1954 and shortly after began building his resume in Canadian Soccer. After passing his referees examination in 1957, he went on to become treasurer of the Toronto and District Soccer Referees Association in 1958, and helped found the Eastern Canada Referees Association in 1959. His work in creating infrastructure for referees led to him becoming President of the Ontario Soccer Referees Association in 1966. He was a member of the Organizing Committee for the CONCACAF Youth Tournament in 1974. Bill was elected as President of the Ontario Soccer Association in 1979 and served in that capacity until 1986. During that tenure he guided the OSA through substantial changes to its constitution to meet Ontario Government Regulations, as well as integrating the Youth and Senior associations. In 1988 he was appointed Chairman of the OSA's Heritage Committee, which then became the catalyst for the formation of The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum. He was made an honourary life member of the Ontario Soccer Association in 1988 and of the Canadian Soccer Association in 2008, and was given the CSA's President's Award in 2007. In April of 2009 he was the recipient of the prestigious June Caldwell Award, by the Government of Ontario, for his services to soccer. A Stockbroker and Investment Dealer by profession he had an extensive career in Banking, Foreign Exchange and Finance before retiring in 1988.