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.

In 1952 he won the National Soccer League championship with East End Canadians.