The Western Football Association of Canada that visited St. Louis in December 1884. Photo courtesy of Colin Jose,

A soccer Christmas story, 1884

January 11, 2023


Canada, St. Louis:

Dave Lange recounts the first international matches in the US, which took place over the Christmas holiday in 1884 between local St. Louis sides and a team representing Canada’s Western Football Association.

The 1887-88 American Football Association annual published by Peck & Snyder. From the collection of Kurt Rausch.

“The Noxious Scottish Weed”: Early North American soccer and the Laws of the Game

March 31, 2022


AFA, Canada, Early Codes:

Ed Farnsworth, Tom McCabe, and Kurt Rausch consider why the first soccer associations in North America favored the Scottish FA over the English FA as the source for their Laws of the Game.