William "Bill or Billy or
is a former U.S. soccer
player. He played in both the American Soccer League
and German American Soccer League
He earned ten caps
with the U.S. national team
in 1949 and 1954 and was a member of the 1952 U.S. Olympic Soccer
grew up in New Jersey and attended Kearny High
School where he was an outstanding high school soccer
player, graduating in 1944.
In 1999, he was named by
as one of
the top ten New Jersey high school soccer players of the
In 1943, while still in high school, Sheppell signed with Kearny Celtic
of the American Soccer League
played with Celtic until the end of the 1946-1947 season.
Sheppell entered Seton Hall University where he played on the school's soccer team.
He was a second team All American in 1948 and a first team All
in 1950. 
As he did in high school, Sheppell played for an outside club team
during the scholastic off season. In 1947, he joined the Newark
German-Americans of the German American Soccer League
He spent seven seasons with Newark, retiring from playing in
National and Olympic teams
In 1948, Sheppell joined the national team for a game with Israel
. While the U.S. won by
a score of 3-2, the game is not recognized as an official
Sheppell earned his first caps
on October 19, 1949 in a 4-0 loss to Scotland
. Sheppell remained
with the national team as it traveled to Mexico for the 1949
North American Cup
Participation at the 1950 FIFA World
was determined by the NAC, as the top two teams would
qualify. The U.S. began the tournament with a 6-0 loss to Mexico
, but then tied Cuba
1-1. The team again fell to
Mexico 6-2, but with a 5-2 win over Cuba, finished second and
qualified for the World Cup. Sheppell was a starter in all four
games. However, he was not selected for the U.S. roster at the
In 1952, Sheppell rejoined the national team for another blowout at
the hands of Scotland. This time a 6-0 loss on April 30, 1952.
Another two years passed before he played an international match,
but he was an integral part of the national team which played four
qualification games in 1954 for the 1954 FIFA World Cup
. Two losses to
Mexico knocked the U.S. out of contention for a berth in the
finals, despite two subsequent victories over Haiti
. Following these four
games, Sheppell never again played for the U.S.
In 1952, Sheppell was selected for the Sheppell had also been part
of the U.S.
which competed at the 1952
. That tournament used a single elimination
format and the U.S. lost to Italy
in the first game.