Obituary: Pioneering pro referee Bill Maxwell dies at age of 87

Referee Bill Maxwell, who officiated the last NASL game in 1984, has died at the age of 87.


Maxwell came to the United States from Scotland in 1970 and immediately became one of the top referees in North America, working college and pro games.

He was a linesman when the New York Cosmos won their first NASL title in 1972 and was in charge when the Chicago Sting beat the Toronto Blizzard in Game 2 of the 1984 Soccer Bowl.

He later became a full-time referee in the indoor MISL.
2 comments about "Obituary: Pioneering pro referee Bill Maxwell dies at age of 87".
  1. Craig Cummings, November 16, 2017 at 11:16 p.m.

    A great Scotlands man  for US soccer. I am proud of my  Scotitish family.

  2. Nelson Cupello, November 17, 2017 at 12:50 p.m.

    Great referee, added much to the soccer scene in Rochester, NY

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