The Young Men's Catholic Total Abstinence Football Team of New Bedford, MA pose with their trophies after the 1913-14 season

How it Began

April 6, 2021

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Early Codes:

Brian D. Bunk on how teams and matches were organized in the early period of US soccer history.

SASH Session, Friday, March 12 at 1pm ET: “Peters, Clovers, and Blue Chippers: the Emerald Influence on American Soccer” Updated with video

March 10, 2021

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SASH Sessions:

Michael Kielty, Pádraig Coyle, and Conor Curran will discuss the Irish influence on soccer in the United States.

SASH Virtual Session on Friday, February 5 at 12 pm ET: “Gentlemen of Color”: Oliver and Fred Watson, the earliest known African American soccer players in the United States Updated with video

February 5, 2021

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Black Soccer, SASH Sessions:

Ed Farnsworth and Brian Bunk will present their research on Oliver and Fred Watson, two Black players born in Rhode Island who played between 1894 and 1907.

Red, White, and the Blue Ribbons: The Bavarian Soccer Club’s 1976 National Amateur Cup Championship

Red, White, and the Blue Ribbons: The Bavarian Soccer Club’s 1976 National Amateur Cup Championship

January 7, 2021

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Milwaukee, National Amateur Cup:

SASH member Robert A. Gansler has made a documentary about the Bavarian Soccer Club, five-time winners of the National Amateur Cup, and twice winners of the USASA National Open Cup.

Olivier Corbobesse, L’Histoire racontée par le Football, Clichy: Editions Marie B., 2020.

Book Review: L’Histoire racontée par le Football, by Olivier Corbobesse

January 5, 2021

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Book Review:

Osvaldo Croci reviews Olivier Corbobesse’s L’Histoire racontée par le Football

SASH Session Review: Soccer in the South Central and Midwestern United States

December 10, 2020

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Midwestern US, SASH Sessions, Southwestern US:

A review of December’s SASH session on the history of soccer in the South Central and Midwestern United States. Includes video from the session.

Pawtucket Evening Times, April 19, 1895.

Gentlemen of Color: Oliver and Fred Watson, the earliest known African American soccer players in the United States

December 8, 2020

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AFA, Black Soccer, Fall River, Pawtucket:

Ed Farnsworth and Brian Bunk on Oliver “Allie” Watson and Fred Watson, two brothers from Rhode Island who between them from 1894 to 1901 were the first African Americans to play in a senior soccer league, to play and score in an American Cup match, win a league championship, and play for a professional team.

SASH Virtual Session on Friday, December 4, 2020, at 2:00 PM EST: Soccer in the South Central and Midwestern United States Updated with Video

December 3, 2020

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SASH Sessions:

Patrick H. Salkeld, Jeff Organ, and Rachel Allison will discuss the history of soccer in the South Central and Midwestern regions of the United States. Updated with Video

The Oakland Clippers: A Personal Reflection on Pro Soccer in the 1960s

The Oakland Clippers: A Personal Reflection on Pro Soccer in the 1960s

November 13, 2020

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ISL, NPSL, Oakland:

Derek Liecty recalls the NPSL-champions and original NASL side the Oakland Clippers.

SASH Virtual Session, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 at 12 pm ET: Researching Club History Updated with Video

November 5, 2020

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SASH Sessions:

The subject is researching and presenting club soccer history.

SASH Virtual Session Book Talk: A photographic tour of early Chicago soccer history with Gabe Logan Updated with video from the session

SASH Virtual Session Book Talk: A photographic tour of early Chicago soccer history with Gabe Logan Updated with video from the session

October 1, 2020

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Chicago, SASH Sessions:

UPDATED WITH VIDEO FROM THE SESSION. Gabe Logan presents a photographic tour with images from his book, The Early Years of Chicago Soccer, 1887-1939

Behind the footage: BSFC plays AIK and a select Swedish Provinces team in 1919

Behind the footage: BSFC plays AIK and a select Swedish Provinces team in 1919

September 24, 2020

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International Tours, Pennsylvania:

Ed Farnsworth looks at the first and third matches of Bethlehem Steel FC’s 1919 tour of Sweden and Denmark.

SASH uncovers footage of first overseas tour by a US club, Bethlehem Steel FC’s 1919 Scandinavian Tour

SASH uncovers footage of first overseas tour by a US club, Bethlehem Steel FC’s 1919 Scandinavian Tour

September 24, 2020

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Archival Footage, International Tours, Pennsylvania:

The footage is from two matches during the 1919 tour and is the earliest known footage of a professional US soccer team.