Serving Amateur Soccer in the U.S.A.

The 26th of August, 1982. It's not a date like the 25th of December, or the 11th of November, 1918, but for many of the Amateur Soccer people out there it should be. That day was the first meeting of what at the time was called "Senior Division of the United States Soccer Federation." What... Continue Reading →

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Soccer Man: Fact & Fiction

I couldn’t sleep last night. Maybe I should say I woke up a little too early actually. What’s a 24-year-old to do? Fire up twitter. We are getting into Cup season and to me that’s the U.S. Amateur Cup, the Werner Fricker Open, and the Gerhard Mengel Over-30. So, my soccer twitter usage has been... Continue Reading →

How is the U.S. Amateur Cup Structured?

Some things you know, and you just know them. One of our goals here is to promote the U.S. Amateur Cup being the media center for coverage of it. We've noticed recently that as the visibility of the competition grows more and more clubs are aware of it, but some are not totally in the... Continue Reading →

What is Amateur Soccer?

So my team lost last night. They lost big. I’m talking four goals to our big zero. I wasn’t there at the match because the club was hosting two big local semifinal matches in the Philadelphia Catholic league. That’s high school level and that’s also when all the rents and such still come to their... Continue Reading →

There’s Fight in Amateur Soccer

We had a few old timers around the club that used to say when they stopped coming to the matches every Sunday things like “I can get better soccer on my Tv these days” but most of us knew that was an excuse to not have to go out. I was thinking about Amateur Soccer... Continue Reading →

What does the US Amateur Cup mean to you?

Many years ago on the shining American continent a golden age of powerful clubs and the top notch players drove huge interest in national competitions and wrought an Amateur Challenge Cup to complement the already standing National Challenge Cup. The National Amateur Cup lives on today in the hands of the United States Adult Soccer... Continue Reading →

Werner Fricker: A Biography

BIOGRAPHY OF WERNER FRICKER (1936 - 2001) Born in Karlsdorf, Banat, Yugoslavia (today Serbia) in 1936, Werner Fricker spent his teenage years playing soccer in Austria and immigrated to the United States in 1952 settling near Philadelphia. It was in 1954 that he would first step on a soccer field with the United German Hungarians.... Continue Reading →

Gerhard Mengel: A Biography

BIOGRAPHY OF GERHARD MENGEL Gerhard Mengel was born in Marburg, Germany where he played soccer through his youth until 1952 when he moved to Switzerland to play for the F.C. Kreutzlingen. In 1954, he moved up to F.C. Luzern and remained with the team until 1958 when he immigrated to the United States. After immigrating... Continue Reading →

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