Philadelphia Soccer History

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 7: Philly’s first league continues to grow
Philadelphia Soccer History

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 7: Philly’s first league continues to grow

Philadelphia’s first organized soccer league continued to grow in its second and third seasons with more teams, rising attendance, and intercity games.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 6: The first league
Philadelphia Soccer History

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 6: The first league

Our series continues with the start of Philadelphia’s first organized soccer league, the Pennsylvania Football Union, in 1889.

William Boyd, Rutgers-Princeton football game of 1869.
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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.

Thanksgiving soccer in Philly, 1914
Philadelphia Soccer History

Thanksgiving soccer in Philly, 1914

Philadelphia’s tradition of Thanksgiving soccer continued with two big American Cup games and a game between two longstanding rivals.

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

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

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 2: Colonial football
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The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 2: Colonial football

Our series continues with a look at football in colonial and post revolutionary Philadelphia.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 1: Native American and British footballing traditions
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The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 1: Native American and British footballing traditions

Our series looking at the origins of soccer in Philadelphia begins with a look at the football traditions British colonists brought with them, and those of the Native Americans they encountered.

It’s time to remember the Ukrainian Nationals
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It’s time to remember the Ukrainian Nationals

Steve Holroyd on the remarkable record of the Ukrainian Nationals, which included four US Open Cup titles between 1960 and 1966.

1960 US Open Cup final is a tough act to follow
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1960 US Open Cup final is a tough act to follow

In the 1960 US Open Cup final, Philadelphia’s Ukrainian Nationals came from behind three times over 120 minutes to win the championship with Mike Noha scoring all five of the Uke Nats goals. Roger Allaway has the story.