Amateur Soccer Timeline: Organizing 1884-1913

  • 1884
    • In 1884 an organization called the American Football Association was formed in New Jersey with the goal of uniting the soccer playing cities in the east to standardize the rules.
  • 1913
    • By 1913 a new organization was formed in the United States Football Association. On May 30th 1913 in New York, that representatives from a few states took part in the formation of what is today the United States Soccer Federation.
      This was the birth of the State Association as we know it today.

“The State Association is to foster and develop the game along sound lines and to provide adequate and appropriate means for the government of the game.” – Douglas Stewart in his article, “The State Association – Its Organization, Scope and Work”

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