Neil Ellett

Neil Ellett (born in Richmond, British Columbia) was a Canadian soccer player who spent his career with Vancouver teams, including the Vancouver Whitecaps of the North American Soccer League. He also played for the member of the Canadian national and Olympic soccer teams.

Neil Ellett
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-01-05) January 5, 1944
Place of birth Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1967 Vancouver North Shore
1969–1970 Croatia S.C.
Vancouver Eintracht
1974–1975 Vancouver Whitecaps 24 (1)
National team
1972–1973 Canada 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Neil Ellett graduated from Burnaby North Secondary School. He began playing for Vancouver North Shore of the Pacific Coast Soccer League when he was seventeen. He played at least one season (1969–70) in the Pacific Coast Soccer League (when the league was amateur) with soccer club Croatia S.C. He also played for Vancouver Eintracht. Ellett was an original member of the Vancouver Whitecaps, playing with the team in 1974 and 1975. His only Whitecap was the first scored by the team in their history, on May 4, 1974 at Empire Stadium.

National team

From 1967 to 1973, Ellett made 12 "B" (Olympic) and seven "A" appearances for Canada. He was part of Canada's Pan American Games team in 1967 and 1971 as well as the Olympic Qualifying team in 1971. In a memorable CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying match at Empire Stadium in Vancouver, he scored the lone goal on a header in a 1-0 win over Mexico. He also participated in one round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1972 (he was 27 years old when he made his debut at the "A" level).


Ellett is currently a soccer referee and a National referee assessor in British Columbia.

He was inducted into the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.[1] He is also a member of the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame.[2]


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