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Early American Soccer History, a series of essays by Melvin Smith: Amateur Soccer | College Soccer

The Year in American Soccer | The National Scene | Pro & Semi-Pro Leagues
League Standings 1894-2010 | Regional Histories | Amateur & College | Indoor Soccer
Essays and Articles | Books | Other US Soccer History Websites
Other sport history websites | Other sites of interest


Historical Overviews: American soccer | Women's soccer | Indoor | Early US Soccer Teams, 1843-1887

USA & The World Cup: 1930 | 1934 | 1950 | 1990 | 1994 | 1998 | 2002 | 2006 | 2010

The Year in American Soccer

Each year gives detailed summaries of league action, tournament results, major competitions, and significant news.

2011(Partly Complete) | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | 1993 | 1992 | 1991 | 1990 | 1989 | 1988 | 1987 | 1986 | 1985 | 1984 | 1983 | 1982 | 1981 | 1980 | 1979 | 1978 | 1977 | 1976 | 1975 | 1974 | 1973 | 1972 | 1971 | 1970 | 1969 | 1968 | 1967 | 1966 | 1965 | 1964 | 1963 | 1962 | 1961 | 1960 | 1959 | 1958 | 1957 | 1956 | 1955 | 1954 | 1953 | 1952 | 1951 | 1950 | 1949 | 1948 | 1947 | 1946 | 1945 | 1944 | 1943 | 1942 | 1941 | 1940 | 1939 | 1938 | 1937 | 1936 | 1935 | 1934 | 1933 | 1932 | 1931 | 1930 | 1929 | 1928 | 1927 | 1926 | 1925 | 1924 | 1923 | 1922 | 1921 | 1920 | 1919 | 1918 | 1917 | 1916 | 1915 | 1914 | 1913 | 1912 | 1911 | 1910 | 1909

The National Scene

  • Men's National Team: Results 1990-present | 1885-1989
  • Women's National Team: Results 1985-present
  • Video of USA vs. Ireland 1924
  • League Champions, 1894-2010 (By League) | (By Year) | (Div. 1 only)
  • League Standings, all Professional USA leagues, 1894-2010
  • Wikipedia pages with history: Men | Women
  • National Cup Competitions

  • US Open Cup Champions, 1914-2010 | history site with complete results
  • American Cup Champions, 1885-1929
  • National Amateur Cup Champions, 1924-2010
  • National Junior Challenge Cup Champions, 1935-2010
  • National Soccer Hall of Fame

  • Official Website
  • List of members of the Hall of Fame
  • The Magnficent 5: Five soccer pioneers inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2005!
  • Travelers' Guide to American Soccer - The "Rough Guide"
  • St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame

    Professional and Semi-Pro Leagues

    NASL | League Standings, all leagues 1894-2010

  • Club Grand List, 1894-2010: A-H | H-N | O-Z. All pro USA/Canada teams with years, leagues, and provenance updated!
  • All-time Div 1 league scoring leaders: MLS | NASL | ASL I | Combined table (thru 2007)
  • Top Scorer of the Year, 1922-2010
  • ASL II Scoring Leaders, 1933-1983
  • ASL I Statistical Leaders, 1921-1931
  • Scoring Systems of American Soccer Leagues, 1894-2010
  • MLS Attendance: an analysis, by Kenn Tomasch (link)
  • Yanks Abroad - Chronicling US players in overseas leagues (link)
  • North American Soccer League

  • Complete NASL Standings and Statistics
  • NASL History Portal
  • NASL Player Biographies: Part 1: A - H | Part 2: I - O | Part 3: P - Z
  • Chris Page's comprehensive; archived version here!
  • More History at NASLJerseys.com! Player Registry | Team Rosters | Jerseys and Logos
  • NASL tapes for sale or trade by Dave Wasser
  • Replica NASL Jerseys!
  • All-Time Canadian NASL Team, by Kenneth Jamieson
  • Wikipedia Page
  • League Standings and Playoff Results, 1894-2010

  • American League of Professional Football (1894)
  • A-League (American Professional Soccer League) (1990-1997) A-League Archives | Fan stats site
  • American Soccer League III (1988-1989)
  • Western Soccer Alliance (1985-1989)
  • American Soccer League I (1921-1933) | Stat Leaders
  • American Soccer League II (1934-1983) | Scoring Leaders | Lewis Cup (ASL), 1925-1963 | Team Logos |
  • New England Division - ASL II (1933-1941,51-53)
  • Continental Indoor Soccer League (Indoor) (1993-1997) | Team Logos
  • D2-Pro League (USSF) (2010)
  • Eastern Indoor Soccer League(1997-1998) | Team Logos
  • Eastern Professional Soccer Conference (1964-1965)
  • Eastern Professional Soccer League I (1909-1910)
  • Eastern Professional Soccer League II (1928)
  • International Soccer League I (1926)
  • International Soccer League II (1960-1965)
  • Lone Star Soccer Alliance (1987-1992)
  • Major Indoor Soccer League I (Indoor) (1978-1992): Standings & Playoffs
    MISL Archives by Paul Reeths | All-Time Standings | Team Logos | MISL player register with stats! | MISL Jerseys & logos!
  • Major Indoor Soccer League II (1984-2008): Standings & Playoffs
  • American Indoor Soccer Association (1984-1990)
  • National Professional Soccer League II(1991-2001) Team Logos | attendance records
  • Major Indoor Soccer League III (2008- ) | Official page
  • National Indoor Soccer League (2008)
  • Major League Soccer (1996- ) | Official MLS Archives | Team Logos
  • National Association Foot Ball League (1906-1921)
  • National Premier Soccer League (2003- ) | Official page
  • Men's Premier Soccer League (2003-2005)
  • North American Soccer Football League (1946-1947)
  • North American Soccer League I (1967-1984) | NASL History portal | Team Logos | Player Registry
  • United Soccer Association (1967)
  • National Professional Soccer League (1967)
  • North American Soccer League II (2011- )
  • Premier Soccer Alliance (1998)
  • St. Louis Soccer League (1907-1939)
  • Southern New England Soccer League (1914-1921)
  • United Soccer League (1984-1985)
  • United Soccer Leagues (Formerly USISL): 1986-1994) | 1994-1996 | 1997-1999 | 2000-2003 | 2004-2008 | 2009-present
    Official USL Page | History Archive | fan stats site | USL Team Logos: Division 1 | Division 2 | PDL
  • USL W-League: 1995-2005 | 2006- | Team Logos
  • Western Soccer League (/Alliance) (1985-1989)
  • Womens Premier Soccer League (1998- ) | Official Page
  • Women's Professional Soccer (2009- ) | Official page
  • Women's United Soccer Association (2001-2003)
  • World Indoor Soccer League (1999-2001) | Team Logos
  • Xtreme Soccer League (2008)
  • Canadian Soccer Leagues

  • Canadian Soccer League I (1987-1992)
  • Canadian Soccer League II (2007- ) | Official site
  • Canadian National Soccer League (1922-1997)
  • Canadian Professional Soccer League I (1983)
  • Canadian Professional Soccer League II (1998-2006)
  • Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League (1961-1966)
  • Pacific Coast Soccer League - page on Wikipedia | Official website

  • Regional Histories

  • The History of Soccer in the Greater New York City region, by David Litterer
  • History of Soccer in Greater Los Angeles, by David Litterer
  • History of Soccer in Pittsburgh, by David Litterer
  • History of Soccer in the San Francisco Bay Region
  • Philadelphia Soccer History (Expanded!), by Steve Holroyd & David Litterer
  • History of Soccer in New England, by David Litterer
  • Early Soccer History in Minnesota (written in 1917), by William P. Brenigan
  • Chicago's Soccer History, by David Litterer
  • History of Soccer in St. Louis, by David Litterer
  • Soccer Made in St. Louis - news articles related to St. Louis soccer and a link to a comprehensive st. louis soccer history book.
  • History of Soccer in Cleveland, by Thomas Hatfield
  • A Soccer history of Houston, at the USSoccerplayers website
  • A History of soccer in Oregon, by David Porter
  • West Hudson: A Cradle of American Soccer, by Roger Allaway
  • Bethlehem Steel: Comprehensive history of one of the pioneer US soccer powers, by Dan Morrison
  • The Birth and Rebirth of Pro Soccer in Rochester, NY, by Sam Mongiovi
  • St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame
  • Puget Sound Soccer Museum stats and history of seattle-based teams.
  • Dallas Sidekicks Historical Archives, by Alan Balthrop
  • The Philadelphia Atoms, a comprehensive web archive by Steve Holroyd
  • Fall River Marksmen: a history
  • New Bedford Whalers: a history
  • A reminisence of the Memphis Rogues of the NASL

  • Amateur & College Soccer

    Amateur Soccer History

  • American Amateur Soccer: The Early Years, a series by Melvin Smith
  • National Soccer League of Chicago: Overview and league champs
  • Cosmopolitan Soccer League | League Champions | League Standings 1935-present
  • National Soccer League of Chicago, another venerable amateur league
  • Peel Cup (Illinois State Amateur), 1909-1970
  • West Penn Challenge Cup, 1914 - 1987
  • National Amateur Cup Champions, 1924-2010
  • National Junior Challenge Cup Champions, 1935-2010

    College Soccer history

  • American College Soccer: The Early Years, a series by Melvin Smith
  • NCAA Soccer Champions, 1904-present: NCAA (1959-present) | NAIA | NJCAA | NCCAA | ISFA/College Bowl (1904-1958)
  • College Conference soccer champions: Men | Women
  • NCAA College Soccer Record Books, 2000-present: Men | Women -- Comprehensive histories! (in .pdf format)
  • NCAA Official Site
  • Growth of College Varsity Soccer, 1908-1999

    Indoor Soccer

  • Links to existing indoor soccer leagues: MISL III | PASL | PASL-Pro | CMISL | Xxtreme Soccer League (On Hiatus) | Ultimate Soccer League | AISL (wikipedia page; defunct) | AISL (Defunct)

  • The Indoor Game: A History, by Steve Holroyd
  • Overview of Indoor Soccer History, by David Litterer
  • Indoor players on the U. S. National Team, by David Litterer
  • Pioneers of Indoor Soccer, by David Litterer
  • What a Long Strange Trip It's Been!, Ron Mewman's history of indoor soccer
  • Gordon Jago's years in Indoor Soccer
  • From Player to Coach: Fernando Clavijo's Experiences with Indoor Soccer

  • Essays and Articles

  • Early US Soccer Teams 1843-1887, by Melvin Smith
  • Early US Soccer Teams 1843-1887, an Addendum, by Melvin Smith
  • Celtic's 1931 Tour of North America, by David Wangerin
  • Passing it on: A History of Soccer, at randomhistory.com
  • The McDonaldization of American Soccer, by Jason Leonardis
  • Yes, Soccer IS America's Game, by Bill Saporito, at Time Magazine's website
  • The Game of Musical Chairs that Preceded the NASL, by Roger Allaway
  • Looby-Murphy-Zerhusen: A Different Triple-Edged Sword, by Roger Allaway
  • Deft Boot, Alex Henderson's 1952 Goal at Yankee Stadium, by Bill Henderson
  • Soccer and the American Presidency, by Rory Miller -- when soccer and politics mix...
  • Social, economic, ethnic, and demographic influences on the growth of American Soccer
  • It Didn't Start with Pele: Soccer in Philadelphia in the 40s and 50s, by Len Oliver
  • Were the Oneidas Playing Soccer or Not? by Roger Allaway
  • The Dick, Kerr Ladies Soccer Tour, 1922, by Colin Jose
  • When Championships took a Back Seat to Friendlies, by Roger Allaway
  • Cultural Implications of the Soccer Phenomenon in America, by Len Oliver
  • Soccer in the United States, 1900-1920, by Roger Allaway
  • The myth of British pros on the USA 1930 World Cup team, by Roger Allaway and Colin Jose
  • The Ethnic Legacy in American Soccer, by Len Oliver
  • American College Soccer, 1946-1959: the Postwar Years, by Michey Cochrane and Len Oliver
  • Billy Gonsalves, An American alltime great, by Steve Holroyd
  • Fabri Salcedo, a top ASL striker, by David Litterer
  • The true story of Jock Coll and the 1930 World Cup chloroform incident, by Colin Jose
  • An Unofficial All-time USA all-star team - list and bios, by David Litterer - from 2002
  • A Flash in the Pan: Janos Nehadoma and the name change mystery, by Colin Jose
  • American Attitudes toward Soccer by Mark Salisbury
  • Colin's Corner Kicks at the National Soccer Hall of Fame
  • The Development of American Soccer: A blueprint, by Dan Roudebush
  • Colin Jose's Essays on American Soccer History
  • The First Pro Soccer League in the USA: The ALPF, 1894, by Steve Holroyd

  • Books on American Soccer History

    Click on links for more info! All in-print books may be ordered through amazon.com Or click here for complete detailed list.

    Gaming the World: How Sports are Reshaping Global Politics and Culture, by Andrei S. Markovitz and Lars Rensman.
    Soccer Made in St. Louis: A History of the Game in America's First Soccer Capital, by David Lange
    Distant Corners: American Soccer's History of Missed Opportunities and Lost Causes, by David Wangerin.
    The Encyclopedia of American Soccer History, by Roger Allaway, Colin Jose & David Litterer
    Evolvements of Early American Foot Ball: Through the 1890/91 Season by Melvin Smith
    Soccer in a Football World: The Story of America's Forgotten Game, by David Wangerin.
    Corner Offices & Corner Kicks: How Big Business Created America's Two Greatest Soccer Dynasties, Bethlehem Steel and the New York Cosmos, by Roger Allaway.
    Evolvements of Early American Foot Ball: Through the 1890/91, by Melvin I Smith.
    Once in a Lifetime: The Incredible Story of the New York Cosmos, by Gavin Newsham.
    National Pastime: How Americans Play baseball and the Rest of the World Plays Soccer:, by Stefan Szymanski and Andrew Zimbalist.
    Soccerhead : An Accidental Journey into the Heart of the American Game, by Jim Haner.
    Rangers, Rovers & Spindles: Soccer, Immigration and Textiles in New England and New Jersey, by Roger Allaway
    Playing for Uncle Sam: The Brits' Story of the North American Soccer League, by David Tossell
    North American Soccer League Encyclopedia, by Colin Jose
    The United States Tackles the World Cup,by Roger Allaway and Colin Jose
    Offside: Soccer & American Exceptionalism, by Andrei S. Markovits & Steven L. Hellerman.
    The American Soccer League: The Golden Years of American Soccer 1921-1931, by Colin Jose
    The Game and the Glory, by Michelle Akers with Gregg Lewis.
    NASL: A Complete Record of the North American Soccer League, by Colin Jose
    The Simplest Game: An Intelligent Fan's Guide to the World of Soccer, by Paul Gardner
    The Girls of Summer, by Jere Longman
    Keeping Score: Canadian Encyclopedia of Soccer, by Colin Jose
    The First World Atlas of Soccer, by InfoKart
    World Soccer Yearbook, 2003-04: The Complete Guide to the Game, by David Goldblatt.
    SoccerTalk: Life Under the Spell of the Round Ball, by Paul Gardner
    World Cup Soccer, by Michael Lewis.
    Soccer for Dummies, by Michael Lewis and the US Soccer Federation
    Onside: 125 years of Soccer in Ontario, by Colin Jose.
    U.S. Soccer vs. The World, by Tony Cirino
    The Game of their Lives, by Geoffrey Douglas
    Captain for Life, and other Temporary Assignments, by John Harkes with Deborah Kiernan
    America's Soccer Heritage, by Sam Foulds and Paul Harris
    Unlucky: A Season of Struggle in Minor League Professional Soccer, by Dave Ungrady.

    Other USA Soccer History Resources

  • Spalding Soccer Guides - invaluable primary resource! - 1910 | 1914-15 | 1915-16 | 1916-17 | 1917-18 | 1918-19 | 1921-22 | 1922-23
  • Soccer Newsday - a comprehensive site of articles related to American soccer!
  • American Soccer History Podcast, Brian Bunk's monthly podcast on various aspects of the history ofAmerican soccer. new.gif">
  • Film: Early women's soccer games from the 1920's">, at historycompany.co.uk! < img arc="new.gif">
  • Philly Soccer Page, a comprehensive website on the Philly soccer scene with many articles and blog entries on the history of the sport
  • 26kits - soccer jerseys news All the latest news on current soccer jerseys!
  • Yanks Abroad - Chronicling US players in overseas leagues
  • Wikipedia's, USA Soccer Pages
  • Canadian Soccer History Archives, by Colin Jose
  • Los Angeles Soccer Club, formerly the Los Angeles Kickers
  • Championsworld 2004: Past American tours by the teams participating in Championsworld 2004
  • Major Fantasy League Soccer
  • Kenn Tomasch's soccer history blog
  • Australian Online Football Museum
  • The RSSSF World Soccer Archives (RSSSF) Over 80 megabytes of raw text - statistics from over 150 countries.
  • International Soccer Archives, maintained by Chuck Zsolani
  • Scottish Football History Website - extensive archive of players in early Scottish soccer history - including many who played in the original ASL.
  • US National Soccer Players a sponsored site with news, feature articles, and internetsoccer.com.
  • Puerto Rico Soccer League
  • International Federation of Football History and Statistics
  • Team Logos for most professional sports teams past and present.
  • Soccerdata.com, by Tony Brown. Contains statistics, books, historial records.

  • Web Archives for other league sports

  • Baseball-Reference.com, a comprehensive and thorough archive of baseball history
  • The Baseball Archive Another Comprehensive & thorough archives
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com, a comprehensive and thorough archive of football history
  • Profootballarchives.com, has complete linescores of all NFL, AFL, AAFC and many independent games since 1910
  • Professional Football Researchers Association, Preserving and reconstructing US Football history back to the 1800's.
  • American Basketball History Archives, by Robert Bradley - thorough and exhaustive.
  • Basketball-Reference.com, a comprehensive and thorough archive of Basketball history
  • Hockey-refence.com. a comprehensive and thorough archive of ice hockey history
  • International Hockey Database - lots of NHL & WHA here.
  • Links to other statistical archives

    Links to Other Interesting Soccer-related Pages

  • International Soccer Network - lost of good stuff here - articles, blogs and more
  • St. Louis United FC, a very active group in St. Louis - organizes youth teams and does major pub crawls!
  • Soccer Stats - for all USA division 1 leagues, and more!
  • Soccer America, the premier magazine on American soccer!
  • When Saturday Comes - the premier soccer magazine for English soccer!
  • World Cup Years, gives summaries of all world cups.
  • Big Soccer, a major bulletin board and link list, and much more
  • US Club Soccer, a new national youth club association
  • Soccer Menu A great startup page for your browser!
  • Life SoccerTV.com, a comprehensive listing of world matches with links to on-line live broadcasts
  • Reedswain, an excellent source for soccer videos
  • Soccer Times, a top-notch site!
  • World Football Stadiums - a VERY complete site!
  • Soccercards - the largest dealer of soccer cards in the US


    Last update: March 7, 2014

    The US Soccer History Archives are maintained by David Litterer (spectrum@sover.net)