SASH Session on Friday, Jan. 28 at 1 pm EST with Chris Bolsmann and George Kioussis, editors of Soccer Frontiers: The Global Game in the United States, 1863–1913 *Updated with video

Join us on Friday, January 28, at 1 pm EST for a Book Talk with Chris Bolsmann and George Kioussis, editors of Soccer Frontiers: The Global Game in the United States, 1863–1913 (2021, University of Tennessee Press).

Soccer Frontiers examines the early history of soccer in the United States, which has received relatively little scholarly attention. Soccer Frontiers helps to fill this gap and correct the widespread notion that soccer was unfamiliar in the United States before the late twentieth century.

A number of SASH members are contributors to the book.

Chris and George are both professors in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Northridge.

Chris is coauthor, with Dilwyn Porter, of English Gentlemen and World Soccer: Corinthians, Amateurism and the Global Game and coeditor of two books with Peter Alegi: Africa’s World Cup: Critical Reflections on Play, Patriotism, Spectatorship, and Space and South Africa and the Global Game: Football, Apartheid and Beyond.

George’s work has appeared in the Journal of Sport HistorySport in History, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, and Soccer & Society. He currently serves as an editor for Sport in History.

From the publisher’s website:

“Editors Chris Bolsmann and George N. Kioussis’s collection sheds light on America’s little-known soccer history by focusing on the game’s presence in major American cities between 1863 and 1913. As waves of immigrants arrived and American cities began to industrialize and become sizable cultural hubs, soccer, too, began to flourish. With essays focused on the years between the Civil War and World War I—a period which saw the creation of both the English Football Association and the US Soccer Federation—this volume also offers diverse regional representation, moving from New England to the South to the West Coast.

“Soccer Frontiers seeks to identify the distinctive yet understudied traits of American soccer, thereby contributing an important missing piece to the broader puzzle of American sport history.”

SASH members can purchase the book from the University of Tennessee Press at the discounted price of $39 (the list price is $65) by using the code SOCFRONT at checkout. Call 1-800-621-2736 or go to to order. The discount code expires on February 17.

Login information for the Book Talk, which will be held via Zoom, is as follows:

The Society For American Soccer History is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: SASH SESSION: Book Talk on Soccer Frontiers with Chris Bolsmann and George Kioussis

Time: Jan 28, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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