First Name: George
Last Name: Athanasiou
Sport: Soccer
Inductee Type: Builder
Year Inducted: 1997
Home Town: Halifax
County: Halifax County

Little of any consequence regarding soccer in Nova Scotia has occurred without George Athanasiou‘s involvement.

Athanasiou’s contributions include the formation of the Nova Scotia Senior Soccer League, the arrival of professional soccer in Nova Scotia, high profile exhibitions, and much more. He saw the NSSL grow from 40 teams to 100 teams and managed and coached Nova Scotia’s most successful soccer team Halifax King of Donair.

Athanasiou was coach of the year in 1984 and 1992, and helped Soccer Nova Scotia become the first recipient of the Sport Nova Scotia Association of the Year award in 1996.


• Helped Create the Nova Scotia Soccer League 1983
• Master’s in Psychology California State University
• NSSL’s Commissioner 1988 to 1996
• Founded Halifax King of Donair Soccer Team 1983
• Soccer Nova Scotia’s Coach of the Year 1984 & 1992
• Executive Director Soccer Nova Scotia
• SNS won Sport NS’ Assoc of the Year Award 1996