Anywhere In The World
Clive Toye takes the reader Anywhere in the World to show the growth of soccer, not just in its original home but, since the early 1960s, to every country in the world and most significantly in the United States. You will meet the pioneers, both good and bad, who pushed the game ever forward so that now it is played with skill and passion in every part of the world. Toye has been involved in all aspects and at all levels of the game. He pulls no punches in telling the reader his opinions of the good and bad individuals, on and off the field, who have been a part of this great game. As one of the principal builders of the game, Toye gives the reader an inside view of how and why the game has reached its current pinnacle of success.
“The debt owed by American soccer to Clive Toye is a vast one. It is not too much of an exaggeration to say, flatly, that without Toye’s blind faith in the sport in the 1970s, pro soccer in the USA would have withered and died.”
The remarkable Clive Toye — who brought showmanship,
excitement and color to American soccer
by Paul Gardiner
Clive Toye is a member of the US National Soccer Hall of Fame and the CONCACAF Hall of Fame. A former sportswriter in Great Britain, he came to the United States in 1969 as an executive in the North American Soccer League and eventually became president of the league. Along the way he signed such great stars as Pele and Franz Beckenbauer, two of the many stars that opened the world of soccer to the United States. He helped pave the way for the successful US bid for the World Cup and promoted major tournaments in Tokyo and Beijing, along with the first Soviet Team tour of the USA. He also has spent years involved in in coaching youth soccer to help advance the game in the United States and he wrote the first US Soccer Handbook for Youth.