Online Resources

There are a number of resources available online to assist you in researching US soccer history. Here are a few to help get you started.

American Soccer History Archives

An extensive website on US (as well as Canadian) soccer history that includes year-by-year summaries (1909-2011), as well as many informative articles on a wide range of topics. Click here to view the website.

National Soccer Hall of Fame Player and Builder Bios

Capsule biographies of players and others inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame are available here on the SASH website, as well as the US Soccer Federation websiteYou can also view eligibility and election criteria for the Player, Veteran Player, and Builder ballots, as well as the Colin Jose Media Award.

Also available here on the SASH site are complete listings of the US Men’s National Team and the US Women’s National Team results.

Spalding Guides

The Spalding Guide was the yearbook for American soccer between 1904 and 1924 and contains a wealth of information on local and national topics. The Spalding Guide of a given year of publication covers events of the preceding season (e.g., the 1910 Spalding Guide covers the 1909-1910 season). PDF copies of the Spalding Guide are available for download courtesy of the Library of Congress and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Click on the institution’s acronym in the list below to access the desired download.

FIFA World Cup Technical Reports

World Cup technical reports provide a wealth of information on the tournament beginning with the 1966 World Cup in England for the men’s tournament and 1991 for the women’s tournament. Click on the desired part or section of each report in the lists below to access the desired download.


Reports on the men’s Confederations Cup (1997-), U-20 World Cup (1977-), U-17 World Cup (1985-), Club World Cup (2000-), Futsal (1989-), Beach Soccer (2008-), and Boys Youth Olympic Football Tournament (2010-) can also be found on the FIFA website.


Reports on the women’s U-20 World Cup (2002-), U-17 World Cup (2008-), and Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament (2010-) can also be found on the FIFA website.

Olympic Reports

Reports by the International Olympic Committee, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and FIFA contain summaries of the football tournament. Below are links to official reports through 2008 archived by the LA84 Foundation on the tournaments the U.S. Men’s National Team participated in (1924, 1928, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1972, 1984, 1988; US U-23 MNT in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008) and those the U.S. Women’s National Team participated in (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016). Click on the desired part or volume of each report in the list below to access the desired download.

The LA84 Foundation Digital Library Collections is the source of the above listed Olympic reports. Among the useful resources available there are The Sporting Life Collection (published 1883-1917) and back issues of Soccer America (2000-2003).

Contains a large and expanding amount of information on the US Open Cup from the founding of the tournament in 1913. Click here to view the website.

NASL Jerseys and

While focused on team jerseys of the original North American Soccer League, the site also has useful roster information. Click here to view the website. has attendance information for the original NASL as well as other US professional soccer leagues. Click here to view the website.

Historic Soccer Videos

For years, was a go-to destination with its extensive archive of video recordings of NASL, US National Team, and other matches but Brett has retired the site. With a little searching, you can find a wealth of historic footage on YouTube.

Online newspaper resources

The digitization of newspaper archives has made information about US soccer history more accessible than ever. Check your local newspaper’s website for archive information. Public and university libraries also have access to newspaper archive databases such as America’s Historical Newspapers (from NewsBank) and ProQuest Historical Newspapers. You can also subscribe to a resource such as Free online resources are also available such as the Old Fulton County New York Postcards website (alternate search interface here), the Google Newspaper Archive, and the Chronicling American Newspapers database from the Library of Congress. State universities sometimes also provide digital archives online for newspapers within their state. Some examples include these archives covering California, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington.

Museum databases

Look for online databases for museums and historical societies to help find items in collections. Finding guides will also help you prepare for in-person visits. PastPerfect Online allows you to search more than 1,000 collections and nearly 8 million collection records.