100 Years of US Soccer ~ 1913-2013
U.S. Soccer was originally known as the United States of America Football Association. It formed on April 5, 1913 and on August 15 of that year was accepted as one of the earliest member organizations of FIFA and the first from North and Central America.
U.S. Soccer was originally known as the United States of America Football Association. It formed on April 5, 1913 and on August 15 of that year was accepted as one of the earliest member organizations of FIFA and the first from North and Central America. The affiliation was temporary and at the following year’s FIFA Congress in 1914, the USFA, as it was abbreviated at the time, was accepted as a full FIFA member along with the Spanish federation. The governing body of the sport in the United States did not have the wordsoccer in its name until 1945, when it became the United States Soccer Football Association. It did not drop the word football from its name until 1974, when it became the United States Soccer Federation.
The United States men’s national soccer team, often referred to as the USMNT, represents the United States of America in international association football (soccer) competitions. It is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football). The team is ranked 28th in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings, and 26th in the World Football Elo Ratings.
The United States women’s national soccer team, often referred to as USWNT, represents the United States of America in international association football competitions. It is controlled by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football). The U.S. team won the first ever Women’s World Cup in 1991, and has since been a superpower in women’s soccer. It is currently ranked first in the world by the FIFA Women’s World Rankings.The team has also won the 1999 Women’s World Cup, four Olympic women’s gold medals (1996, 2004, 2008 and 2012) and eight Algarve Cups (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011).
FIFA Coach of the Year 2012 - Pia Sundhage
(US Women’s Natl Soccer Team Coach 2008-2012)
FIFA Women’s World Player 2012 – Abbey Wambach
.Centennial Celebration Underway on ussoccer.com
In commemoration of its 100th anniversary, U.S. Soccer is embarking on a year-long celebration honoring the history and setting a path for the future of the sport throughout 2013.
CHICAGO (Jan. 2, 2013) – In commemoration of its 100th anniversary, U.S. Soccer is embarking on a year-long celebration honoring the history and setting a path for the future of the sport throughout 2013.
The Centennial will be marked by a number of different initiatives, including the creation of a commemorative book featuring articles, interviews and photos from U.S. Soccer’s archives, historic content on ussoccer.com with rare photos, unique videos and engaging interviews, and several unique grassroots activities in conjunction with its membership to help celebrate the milestone.
Fans can also look forward to specific Centennial events in 2013, including a celebration of the Federation’s 100th anniversary on April 5, 2013, and a weekend this summer that will include a U.S. Men’s National Team match, U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting and a number of activities for supporters. Overall, the Centennial will be a focus during all of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s matches, and the U.S. Men’s National Team’s campaign to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Let’s Move – Soccer Tips for Beginners from U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Nicole Barnhart
Pass, Shoot, Score
Posted by Lea Prohov on October 19, 2012
Editor’s note: The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the health and well-being of children in urban economically disadvantaged areas using soccer as a vehicle for social change.
This past summer, the U.S. women’s soccer team brought home the gold from the 2012 London Olympic Games–showing America the true spirit of team work, and amazing us with their athletic abilities. They played a series of challenging games, but pulled together to win.
Soccer is a great sport that lets you be active while playing outside with your friends! Listen to U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Nicole Barnhart and Becky Sauerbrunn share why they love soccer, and offer some tips for beginners:
Last May, U.S. Soccer Federation teamed up with Let’s Move! and the Partnership for a Healthier America to engage 12,000 youth in 13 cities through their Soccer for Success program, providing free, afterschool programming to urban youth. In 2011, the program reached 8,000 kids in 8 cities. Visit the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Olympics Page to learn more.
* Soccer allows kids the chance to build relationships with other players; having players with different responsibilities encourages communication and cooperation while developing a sense of team.
* Keep the ball on the ground: A ball on the ground is easier to control and can be moved more effectively by the team.
* Playing soccer combines basic motor skills like walking, running or jumping with soccer skills like dribbling and shooting. It is great for cardiovascular endurance and strength, helping to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
* Soccer can be a great family activity, whether you’re coaching your child’s team, supporting from the sideline or helping your child practice, spend quality time together and enjoy the sport as a family.
* Soccer is very simple to start playing and anyone can participate right away. Whether it’s a recreational or competitive league, there are opportunities available to all ages and skill levels.
* The 1999 Women’s World Cup Final between The United States and China was the most watched soccer game in the U.S. ever. The United States defeated China on penalty kicks after a scoreless tie, culminating with Brandi Chastain’s iconic celebration.
* Abby Wambach has attracted attention on the soccer field since early childhood. (FIFA Women’s World Player 2012) Growing up in Rochester, NY, she played in her first youth league at age four but only lasted three games with her team. After scoring 27 goals in three games she was transferred to the boys’ team! The youngest of seven children, Abby felt right at home with the boys’ team, since she spent her childhood roughhousing with her four older brothers.
* The Boxx sisters have won four gold medals between them. Older sister Gillian won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in softball before Shannon went on to win three gold medals as part of the U.S. Women’s National soccer team at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
To learn more: U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Soccer for Success Curriculum