Len continued playing into his 50s. Here he getting ready to play for his last team in 1988 at the age of 55. Photo from the collection of Len Oliver.

In addition to being a player and a coach, Len Oliver was also a student of the game before he passed away this week at the age of 88.

A longtime supporter of SASH, Len contributed several essays to the SASH website and participated in a Q&A that accompanied the serial republication of his 1992 essay, “American Soccer Didn’t Start with Pele: Philadelphia Soccer in the 1940s and 1950s.”

Below are links to his work.

Philadelphia soccer in the 1940s and 1950s, part 1

Philadelphia soccer in the 1940s and 1950s, part 2: Youth & Junior League soccer with the Lighthouse Boys Club

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

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

Philadelphia Soccer in the 1940s and 1950s, part 5: The pro game in 1950s Philadelphia

Philadelphia Soccer in the 1940s and 1950s, part 6: In retrospect

Perseverance in soccer: A useful trait

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