USA and Canada Soccer Leagues 1894-Present
About this document
The American Soccer History Archives are a comprehensive repository of
information, statistics and essays relating to all aspects of the history of
soccer in the United States from the 1860's to the present. The purpose of this
archive is two-fold: First, it provides a central repository of historical and
statistical information for researchers, journalists, and soccer fans.
Secondly, with the enormous growth of interest and participation in American
soccer, it is important to remind the world that the USA is not a newcomer to
the sport, but in fact has a rich heritage of soccer that is among the oldest in
the world. This archive is here to allow people to connect with soccer's past
even as we look to its future, and to fill in many of the gaps in the existing
body of historical knowledge.
This archive is always welcoming new information relating to the history
of soccer in the USA and Canada. Please contact Dave Litterer at
if you have any contributions to offer.
This list does not include semipro leagues such as the Cosmopolitan
(German-American) Soccer League or the Northwestern Senior League.
* The ASL III and the WSA merged in 1990 to form the American Professional Soccer League.
The APSL was renamed the A-League in 1995.
** Called the American Indoor Soccer Association (AISA) from 1984-1990.
*** The ASL II and the WSL merged in 1984 to form the United Soccer League.
**** The USA and NPSL merged to form the NASL in 1968.
Note: The NASL also played an indoor season from 1979-1984, + indoor
exhibitions from 1975-1976.
Special report from Colin Jose: Dispelling
the Myth of British Pros
in the 1930 USA World Cup Team.
History of Canadian Soccer - by Colin Jose.
About this document
This document has been maintained since 1995 by David A. Litterer
This archive contains all known pro and semi-pro
leagues, and the data is about 98% complete. All new information will be
gathered into this document as it becomes available, and submissions are
welcomed. All material is fully credited at the
top of the appropriate league pages.
Prepared and maintained by David A. Litterer for the
Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Author: David A. Litterer
Last updated: 19 Aug 2021
(C) Copyright David A. Litterer and RSSSF 1995/2021
You are free to copy this document in whole or part provided that proper
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