TERRY YORATH will be able to re-apply for his driving licence in just 18 months if he successfully completes a drink-impaired drivers' course.
His attendance is a condition of the community rehabilitation order imposed by the court yesterday.
Yorath was sentenced after earlier pleading guilty to driving with excess alcohol and driving without due care and attention in Leeds on June 24.
District Judge David Kitson said he was `just able' to avoid sending Yorath to jail.
He added: "You have had to cope with tragedy in your life, but your behaviour on this occasion . . . could also have inflicted tragedy and heartbreak on another family, namely that of your young victim."
He said he believed Yorath was truly remorseful.
In mitigation, the former soccer star's lawyer, Richard Manning, said his client's life had been beset with `difficulty and trauma'.
He told the court Yorath's 15-year-old son, Daniel, had died of a heart condition. He had recently split from his wife, Christine.
Mr Manning said his client had earned a reputation as a `hard man' during his playing career.
He added: "Sometimes it is difficult for a man in that situation to recognise he needs help."
Mr Manning says his client recognised he had `a problem'.
After the accident Yorath was found to have 120 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The maximum legal level is 35.
Yorath, whose daughter, Gabby Logan, was fronting ITV's coverage of the England v Portugal Euro 2004 clash at the time of the crash, stared straight ahead as the judge sentenced him.
He was back at work for Town last night, when the club played Leeds at Elland Road.