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From Football to Soccer: The Early History of the Beautiful Game in the United States

Brian D. Bunk


Across North America, Native Americans and colonists played a variety of kicking games long before soccer's emergence in the late 1800s. The book explores the development and social impact of these sports through the rise of professional soccer after World War I. The various games called football encouraged men to form social bonds based on educational experience, occupation, ethnic identity, or military service and gave women an outlet as athletes. Football followed young people to college as higher education expanded in the nineteenth century. University play, the arrival of immigrants from ... More

Keywords: World War I, soccer, Great Britain, Women, Football, higher education, schools, immigrants, ethnic identity, Native Americans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043888
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043888.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian D. Bunk, author
University of Massachusetts