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OVERVIEW OF SOCCER IN AMERICA AND FLORIDA

1875-1894 - Modern soccer comes to the United States during the immigrant influx

1893 - Men's soccer programs start to form in colleges.

1894 - The first professional men's league

1904 - FIFA was founded to organize the global game

1908 - Soccer becomes an official Olympic medal sport.

1913 - USSF (formerly US Football Association) becomes and affiliate of FIFA.

1924 - The first US Olympic soccer team.

1930 - US participates in the first World Cup in Uruguay.

1950's - NCAA recognizes men's soccer

1962 - AYSO was founded to organize and promote youth soccer. 

1972 - Title IX Educational Amendment to the Education Act of 1965 mandates gender equity in education.  College and High School soccer takes off.

1974 - USYSA forms to organize competitive (aka travel) youth soccer and becomes and affiliate of USSF, with over 100,000 registered players.

1976 - 10,000 girls are playing high school soccer representing less than 10% of the total.

1977 - FHSAA sanctions boys soccer in Florida.  State championship begins with Miami Killian beating  Miami Norland.

1978 - Title IX deadline implementation for high school and colleges

1980 - 41,000 girls playing high school soccer, representing almost 25% of the total.

1981 - NCAA men’s soccer reaches 521 varsity teams, compared to 77 for women.

1981 - NCAA announces its 100th women's soccer program.

1981 - First college soccer championship for women under AIAW

1982 - FHSAA sanctions girls soccer in Florida with the State championship series won by Coral Gables over Coral Springs.

1982 - NCAA sponsors women’s sports

1984-85 - NASL and USL professional men's leagues fold leaving only the Western Soccer League

1985 - NCAA women's soccer reaches 201 teams

1985 - USSF inaugurates the Women's National Team

1988 - WSL merges with upstart ASL to form the APSL, a FIFA recognized Division II men's league.

1988 - AYSO sponsors Futsal in the US

1990- Female high school soccer reaches 35%

1990 - NCAA women's soccer teams reach 318, nearly 40% of total; men teams climb to 569.

1994 - First World Cup played in the United States

1995 - USYSA sponsors Futsal in the US

1996 - MLS begins as the first FIFA recognized Division I men's league


1996 - FHSAA announces 18,263 soccer participants; 9,880 boys (332 teams) and 8,383 girls (271).

1997 - NCAA women's soccer teams pass men.

1999 - AYSO grows to over 1,000,000 registered recreational youth players.

1999 - NCAA announces 790 women soccer teams compared to 719 for men.

2000 - 50% of youth participants are female.

2000 - 270,000 girls play high school soccer, representing 42%.

2001 - WUSA was born as the first women's professional league

2004 - WUSA suspends operations due to financial losses

2004 - USYSA announces over 3,200,000 registered youth recreational and competitive players.

2007 - FHSAA announces 529 boys teams (14,137) and 502 girls teams (13,562); making it the single largest girls sport in the state. There are now more girls soccer players than baseball players in Florida.

2007 - WSII and MLS announce a cooperative effort to re-launch a women's professional league like the WUSA with the name to be determined.

2007 - City of Fort Lauderdale announces the first ever sponsored competitive (travel) soccer club in its history, Fort Lauderdale Select FC

2008 - Women's Professional Soccer Leauge ("WPS") is officially named.

2009 - WPS begins women's professional soccer in April.


 

Soccer Terms Worldwide
Country Term

Albania

futbol

Australia

soccer

Bulgary

futbol

Canada

soccer

China

football

Czech

fotbal

Denmark

fodbold

England

football

Finland

jalkapallo

France

le football

Georgia

football

Germany

fusbal

Greece

podosfero

Holland

voetbal

Hungary

futball

Iceland

fótbolti

Ireland

football

Israel

kaduregel

Italy

calcio

Japan

sakka

Korea

chook gu

Malaysia

bola sepak

New Zealand

football

Norway

fotbal

Poland

futbol

Portugal

futebol

Romania

fotbal

Russia

futbol

Saudi Arabia

kurat al qadam

Serbia

fudbal

Slovenia

futbal

South Africa

soccer

Spain fútbol
Sweden fotboll
Turkey futbol
USA soccer
Vietnam dá banh



 

 

 

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