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Alan Peterson


Alan Peterson was inducted in to the Hall of Fame as a founder of Mass Youth Soccer. Coming to the United States from Newcastle, England at 26 in 1968, Peterson was an engineer at General Electric Company in Lynn and created the G.E. Jets soccer team in the Mass Soccer League. Renowned for his love for soccer, he became the third President of the Massachusetts Soccer Association in 1973 and wrote the book “A Guide to Soccer in the State of Massachusetts”. Alan was a member of the National Development Committee and Massachusetts Coaches Association as well as statistician for NASL. He focused on the youth, as he knew that was the future of soccer in Massachusetts; Peterson knew it was going to be difficult to get people to suddenly start following soccer without grassroots and youth involvement. Many say he would be proud of what youth soccer has become today. Alan later moved to San Diego where he received his Masters in Business Administration before returning to the Boston area and continuing to give back to the game through his involvement with BAYS.