Our Club

Club Founder

 

An experienced soccer player and Coach, Walter Kirchner emigrated to Canada from Romania in 1970 and Founded the Woodstock Soccer League in 1976.

An elite level Referee from 1973 until retirement in 2010, Walter officiated amateur and professional leagues. His knowledge and technical skills keep him involved today and he still provides instructions to young officials learning the game.

In his honour, the annual Walter Kirchner tournament was established in 1992.

Inducted as a Builder of Sport and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Woodstock Sports Hall of Fame, Walter’s name is synonymous with soccer in our City and his dedication to soccer continues to benefit our community.

Recognized for his instrumental role, Walter has been given Honorary Lifetime Membership status of the Woodstock Soccer Club as voted on by the outgoing 2014-15 Executive Board at their final meeting.

Read more about Walter            Sports Hall of Fame story      WOSL Hall of Fame story

Walter’s Photo archives    Walter Kirchner Woodstock website

Congratulations and Thank You Walter!

Mission
The objective of the organization is to promote, develop and provide opportunity for any person in the city of Woodstock and surrounding area to play organized soccer at the recreational and competitive level and to assist all participants in reaching their potential through the development of players, coaches, referees and administrators.

History

From humble beginnings in 1976 with one team, to 2013 with more than 150 teams and 2,500 registered players, the Woodstock Soccer Club is one of the fastest growing soccer organizations in Southwestern Ontario and is run by volunteers elected to the Executive Board.

Since the mid 1990’s the Woodstock Soccer Club and the City of Woodstock have had an operating partnership that has resulted in the provision of excellent soccer opportunities for the community. Over the years, more than 25 youth members have won athletic scholarships to colleges and universities in Canada and in the United States.

In the year 2000 the City of Woodstock, with an agreement of financial support from the Club, purchased the land of the site of the former Oxford Regional Centre and the grounds were immediately turned into 11 soccer fields of various sizes, a small storage building was constructed and the permanent home of the Woodstock Soccer Club was born.