Norman Briley was born in Toronto, Ontario. He made a huge impression in his youth as a goalkeeper both in soccer and hockey.

During World War II Norm was stationed with the Army in Newmarket, Ontario, and represented that club in the Toronto & District League.

Norm was the goalkeeper of Scarboro Rangers in the Ontario Hockey Association in the 1945-46 season. He was said to be headed for the pros for the 1946-47 season.

Before the start of the 1946 soccer season in Toronto he signed for East York United. In 1947 he joined the East End Canadians. Norm won the National Soccer League championship with East End Canadians in the 1952 NSL seasons.