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Tony Waiters
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Full name Anthony Keith Waiters
Date of birth 1 February 1937 (1937-02-01) (age 72)
Place of birth    Southport, England
Playing position Goalkeeper (retired)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1957-1958
1958-1959
1959-1967
1970-1972
Bishop Auckland
Macclesfield Town
Blackpool
Burnley


257 (0)
038 (0)   
National team
1964 England 005 (0)
Teams managed
1972-1977
1977-1979
1981-1986
1990
Plymouth Argyle
Vancouver Whitecaps
Canada
Canada

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Anthony Keith "Tony" Waiters (born 1 February 1937 in Southport, Merseyside) is a former England international football goalkeeper and Canadian national football team head coach (manager). Waiters, who managed the Vancouver Whitecaps to an NASL championship, was in charge when Canada qualified for the 1986 World Cup finals, their only time in the finals.

Waiters played club football with Macclesfield Town in the Cheshire County League, and league clubs Blackpool and Burnley.

Waiters began coaching with the England national youth side and led them to a European Championship held in Italy (1973). He took over at Plymouth Argyle and lead them to the Third Division championship and promotion in 1975. He took over the Whitecaps midway through the 1977 season and lead them to an upset of the New York Cosmos en route to the Soccer Bowl NASL championship in 1979.

At the helm of Canada, Waiters saw the side reach the quarterfinals of the 1984 Olympics. At the 1986 World Cup, Canada held France scoreless until late in a 1-0 loss. The team went on to lose their two remaining games and go scoreless for the finals. Waiters managed the team again briefly in 1990.

Waiters has since written books on soccer skills and coaching. He was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame as a builder in 2001.

Waiters created his company - World of Soccer - in the 1980s, producing a complete series of coaching books, soccer equipment, such as WOS markers, as well as his infamous Ace Coaching cards. Since 2000 he has taken World of Soccer to a new level, developing Total Player Development, which in turn was the base for Byte Size Coaching, a simple yet comprehensive website for soccer parents, coaches and volunteers. Byte Size Coaching is now used by over 350 clubs ranging from Canada, America, UK, Australia and Singapore. Byte Size Coaching was created to help community clubs and soccer associations reach all their coaches.

Waiters continues to coach children and young adults, helping them pursue their soccer goals and moulding players for the future. He was appointed the first Director of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA) Goalkeeping Institute, stepping down in 2006. He remains a National Staff Coach of the NSCAA and U.S. Soccer.

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