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 1991.

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.

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