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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?

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.

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.

NYC Originals: Thanksgiving Games of the St. George’s Foot Ball Club

NYC Originals: Thanksgiving Games of the St. George’s Foot Ball Club

November 22, 2018

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Thanksgiving soccer traditions in 19th century New York City.

The AAPF and the ALPF: The beginnings of professional league soccer in the United States

The AAPF and the ALPF: The beginnings of professional league soccer in the United States

July 24, 2018

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A look at the first professional soccer leagues in the US, the American Association of Professional Football and American League of Professional Football, with new information on the lesser known AAPF.