The 1953 Temple team. Oliver is front row, fifth from the left

Philadelphia soccer in the 1940s and 1950s, part 4: High school and college soccer, products of the clubs

June 15, 2015

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College Soccer, High School Soccer, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Profiles:

Len Oliver’s series on playing soccer in Philadelphia in the 1940s and 1950s continues with a look at how the high school and college game benefited from local clubs.

Paying the pros

Paying the pros

June 15, 2015

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ASL, Massachusetts:

A look at the background and occupations of professional soccer players in the original American Soccer League.

Kristine Lilly, the Washington Warthogs, and Olympic Gold

Kristine Lilly, the Washington Warthogs, and Olympic Gold

June 11, 2015

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Olympics, Profiles, USWNT, Washington, Women's Soccer:

Without a club team to stay sharp with before the 1996 Summer Olympics, USWNT legend Kristine Lily signed with Continental Indoor Soccer League club Washington Warthogs, at the time the only professional club in the DC area.

Dick, Kerr Ladies come to Philadelphia, 1922

Dick, Kerr Ladies come to Philadelphia, 1922

June 10, 2015

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International Tours, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Women's Soccer:

Women’s soccer has come a long way in the US. In 1922, it came all the way from England to Philadelphia.

Dick, Kerr Ladies in Washington, DC, 1922

Dick, Kerr Ladies in Washington, DC, 1922

June 9, 2015

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International Tours, Washington DC, Women's Soccer:

In 1922, the world’s greatest women’s team played in Washington, DC as part of the US tour.

The battle of ’99

The battle of ’99

June 8, 2015

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USWNT, Women's World Cup:

Roger Allaway looks back at the pivotal quarterfinal match between the US and Germany in the 1999 Women’s World Cup.

Abolish the penalty kick!

Abolish the penalty kick!

June 5, 2015

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Pennsylvania, Philadelphia:

A little more than one hundred years ago, the Philadelphia Inquirer led a campaign to abolish the penalty kick.

Live From Acapulco, It’s Tabare Ramos!

Live From Acapulco, It’s Tabare Ramos!

June 4, 2015

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New Jersey, Newark, Profiles, USMNT:

Tab Ramos is presently coaching the US at the U-20 World Cup. In 1982, it took a private jet and helicopter to get him to a New Jersey high school championship playoff game.

Spotlight on Jack Huckel

Spotlight on Jack Huckel

June 3, 2015

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Interviews, SASH History:

Jack Huckel, former director of the National Soccer Hall of Fame (NSHOF), reflects on the Society for American Soccer History (SASH). Huckel also founded JR Huckel & Associates, a consultation and management services firm for Hall of Fame elections. He served as president of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and previously… Read More ›

Q&A with Len Oliver: Philly amateur soccer in the 1950s

Q&A with Len Oliver: Philly amateur soccer in the 1950s

June 1, 2015

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Interviews, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia:

Our series of Q&As with National Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver continues.

Bethlehem Steel FC’s 1919 tour of Scandinavia

Bethlehem Steel FC’s 1919 tour of Scandinavia

May 29, 2015

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International Tours, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia:

In 1919, Bethlehem Steel became the first US club to embark on an overseas tour.

The Kensington Blue Bells in 1950-51. Oliver is in the second row, first on the right. Photo courtesy of Len Oliver.

Philadelphia soccer in the 1940s and 1950s, part 3: Moving up through the amateur ranks

May 28, 2015

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ASL, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Profiles:

Philadelphia-born National Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver describes moving up the Philadelphia amateur soccer ranks in the 1940s and 1950s, playing in international friendlies, and trying out for the US Olympic team.

O.N.T. FC, the company team sponsored by Clark Thread Company, 1885: courtesy of the Kearny Public Library

Loose threads

May 27, 2015

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AFA, New Jersey, Newark:

Tom McCabe on ONT Football Club, American soccer’s first dynasty, the American Football Association, the sports first governing body in the US.