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Christmas soccer in Philly, 1915

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Inter-city exhibition games and two US Open Cup playoff games were among the Christmas Day games involving Philadelphia area teams one hundred years ago in 1915.

Christmas soccer in Philly, 1914

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The long tradition of holiday games continued for Philadelphia soccer teams in 1914.

Thanksgiving soccer in Philly, 1914

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Philadelphia's tradition of Thanksgiving soccer continued with two big American Cup games and a game between two longstanding rivals.

Philly Soccer 100: Play resumes after a month of winter postponements

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After yet another weekend of games is cancelled because of winter weather one hundred years ago, play finally returns to Philadelphia soccer.

Philly Soccer 100: Weather remains an issue, Allied Cup, new Tri-State league proposed

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One hundred years ago, winter weather continued to leave Philly soccer at a standstill. Two Allied Cup tournament games played despite poor conditions. New Tri-State league proposed.

Philly Soccer 100: League play continues, Bethlehem wins first American Cup match

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The Cricket Club League and Northeast Junior League opened the season as the second week of play in Philadelphia's other leagues continued and Bethlehem won its American Cup first round game.

Philly soccer 100: Opening Day, 1913

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The opening of league play in Philadelphia on Oct. 4, 1913 saw some big scorelines.

Philly soccer 100: League play, Challenge Cup, and the death of a young goalkeeper

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The Philadelphia soccer scene, one hundred years ago this week: League play, Philadelphia Challenge Cup, and the untimely death of a promising young goalkeeper.

Philly soccer 100: Hibs move up, face Boys Club In Philly Challenge Cup, new league announced

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Our series in conjunction with the US Soccer's centennial year continues with a look at soccer happening in Philadelphia 100 years ago this week.

Tacony v Bethlehem for the 1914 American Cup

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Featured image: Courtesy Dan Morrison and bethlehemsteelsoccer.org

The 1913-14 season saw the launch of the National Challenge Cup, the competition now known as the US Open Cup, by the recently founded United States Football Association. While the National Challenge Cup would quickly become the singular competition for the title of Champion of the United States, the American Cup tournament had been founded in 1885 by the American Football Association, the first soccer governing body in America.

Philly and the first USA international tour

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On June 9, 1916, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "Word was received in this city yesterday that all arrangements had been completed for an All-American soccer team to tour Sweden and Norway in July. The Sweden Football Association, through its secretary, C.L. Kornerup, has cabled a guarantee of $4000 to cover the expenses of the trip.

The Rest

Abolish the penalty kick

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100 years ago, the Philadelphia Inquirer led the call in American soccer circles to eliminate the penalty kick.