A 17th Century engraving from England showing the inflating of an animal bladder football.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 1: Native American and British footballing traditions

February 19, 2020

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The first installment of a ten-part series on the origins of soccer in Philadelphia.

The original photo before publication in the Spalding Guide. Image: Courtesy of Springfield College, Babson Library, Archives and Special Collections.

The Barrow School Socker Foot Ball Team

February 13, 2020

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A look at black players on the “Barrow School Socker Foot Ball Team,” champions of Springfield, Massachusetts’ Junior League in 1908.

Football in Central Park, c. 1915. Museum of the City of New York [X2010.11.1395]

An Early Image of Black Soccer in New York City?

February 11, 2020

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Does a 1915 image of a soccer match in New York’s Central Park include black players?

An Indoor Session: SASH at the 2020 USC Convention

An Indoor Session: SASH at the 2020 USC Convention

February 7, 2020

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Summary of the Society for American Soccer History meeting, including videos of the various talks, at the 2020 United Soccer Coaches Convention in Baltimore, MD.

Heron shows of his skills for Ebony Magazine, July 1947. Image: Ebony Magazine

What Kind of Player was Gil Heron?

February 6, 2020

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Brian Bunk on Heron’s playing style.

IN 1946 Ebony Magazine dubbed Heron the Babe Ruth of Soccer. Image: Ebony Magazine

Gil Heron

February 4, 2020

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Brian Bunk on Gil Heron, the first black professional soccer player in the United States.

Call for Papers: Society for American Soccer History Symposium, April 18-19, 2020

Call for Papers: Society for American Soccer History Symposium, April 18-19, 2020

February 3, 2020

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The next SASH symposium will be held on April 18 and 19, 2020 at Rutgers University-Newark.

Freedom to Play

Freedom to Play

January 8, 2020

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In 1944 – at the height of WWII – Italian POWs arrived in Puget Sound. Their Allied captors allowed many freedoms, including formation of multiple teams in Washington state amateur soccer’s top division.

Perseverance in soccer: A useful trait

Perseverance in soccer: A useful trait

December 5, 2019

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Len Oliver on how he is living proof that perseverance in soccer pays dividends.

Washington State Legends of Soccer site is bringing history back to life

Washington State Legends of Soccer site is bringing history back to life

November 27, 2019

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A look at the website dedicated to the history of soccer in the state of Washington.