1869 college soccer season

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The 1869 college soccer season was the fourth season of intercollegiate soccer in the United States. While played using improvised rules resembling American football and rugby, it is also considered one of the first ever college soccer seasons. The 1869 season consisted of only two total games, both of which occurred between Rutgers University and Princeton University; The first was played on November 6 at Rutgers' campus, and the second was played on November 13 at Princeton's campus. The games itself are also considered the first ever college football games.

Additionally, various of college soccer codes were intended to be played between Columbia and Adelphi University, as well as Virginia Military Institute and Washington & Lee University. These matches, to record, were cancelled.

Matches played[edit]

There were only two reported matches to be played during the season, both between teams from Rutgers College (now Rutgers University) and the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).[1][2] Rutgers won the game by a score of 6–4.[3]

In addition to being considered one of the earlier soccer games reported in the United States, these two games are considered to be the first organized American college football games to ever be played.[4][5]

Conference table[edit]

1869 college soccer records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Princeton         1 1 0
Rutgers         1 1 0
Adelphi         0 0 0
Columbia         0 0 0
VMI         0 0 0
Washington & Lee         0 0 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.historyoffootball.net/
  2. ^ "1800s". Rutgers Through The Years. Rutgers University. Archived from the original on 2007-01-20. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  3. ^ DeLassus, David. "Princeton Yearly Results (1869)". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on February 13, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ Carzo, Rocco J. "Jumbo Footprints: A History of Tufts Athletics", Medford, MA: Tufts University Gallery, 2005; summarized in Another 'Pass' At History by Tufts University eNews on 27 September 2004. Accessed 2 January 2012.
  5. ^ Citing Research, Tufts Claims Football History is on its Side Boston Globe Article, 23 September 2004, Accessed 1 January 2012.

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