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Philadelphia Soccer History

Philadelphia and the other first professional soccer league in the U.S.

Philadelphia was central to the formation of the first two pro soccer leagues in the US, the National League baseball-backed American League of Professional Football, and the American Association of Professional Football, which played its first games before, and outlived, the ALPF.

Philadelphia Soccer History

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 9: Manz wins the 1897 American Cup

After the quick demise of the Philadelphia Phillies pro soccer team in 1894, Philadelphia’s other pro team would return to the amateur ranks before going on to win Philadelphia’s first national soccer championship in 1897.

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The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 5: Local college-based football after the 1863 Laws of the Game

Our series continues with a look at college football in Philadelphia after the 1863 Laws of the Game, and how rival rules of the game resulted in what would become American gridiron football supplanting soccer-style football in intercollegiate sport.

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The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 4: The first account of soccer-style football after codification?

Our series continues with a look at football in Philadelphia after the 1863 code, including what may be the first newspaper accounts of a soccer-style game in the city.

Philadelphia Soccer History

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 3: 19th century football before codification

Our series on the origins of soccer in Philadelphia continues with a look at 19th century football before the 1863 Laws of the Game.

Daily news roundups

Playoff hopes on hold? More news.

A roundup of reaction from across the soccer world to the Union’s loss to San Jose, Salinas to lead story time, more soccer movies this weekend, Penn cracks national polls, Princeton hopeful, locals honored by ACC, Argentina v US & Mexico friendlies in the making and more morning news.

Great moments in Philly soccer history: Philadelphia Hibernians beat the Pilgrims, 1909
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Great moments in Philly soccer history: Philadelphia Hibernians beat the Pilgrims, 1909

It will probably come as no surprise that the history of English football snobbery directed toward America is almost as long as the history of the game itself. But such snobbery is not necessarily a bad thing. In 1905 and 1909 a team of gentleman amateurs called the Pilgrims landed […]