If you haven't had the opportunity to go to Dallas, well Frisco, Texas and visit the National Soccer Hall of Fame's new location, it is certainly a must for any true American soccer fan. Soccer Scarves everywhere too...
This was our first visit in person and it could have been any better.
As soon as we walked through the front doors we were greeted by the Ruffneck Scarves Scarf Wall, where it appeared all of the visitors to the HoF were taking photos.
We worked with the staff at FC Dallas and the National Soccer Hall of Fame to donate these soccer scarves for the display, but until we saw it in person, it was hard to comprehend how "cool" it was, and how fulfilled we feel as a small soccer business to be represented in such a way.
We are grateful to have a legacy that represents our passion and the passion of soccer supporters across America.
Click here for more information or to visit the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
ABOVE: Artistic rendition of an Oneida FC game played at Boston Common
Originally it was thought that soccer first came to America though Ellis Island in the 1860s. However research in 2013 revealed that Irish, English, Scottish, Italian and German immigrants entering through the Port of New Orleans were the first to bring the sport to America, and it was there where many of the first games took place.
In 1862 Oneida Football Club was was established in Boston as the first association football club in the United States. In the early days, game rules varied by region, and the “Boston Game” allowed players to both kick the ball along the ground as well as pick it up and run with it.
In and effort to standardize the rules, the American Football Association was established in 1884. Early leagues in America mostly used the name “football” however in the in the late 1910s confusion between the terms “American football” and “association football” eventually led to more widespread use of the term “soccer”, derived from the British slang term for “association”.
In 1913 the AFA and the American Amateur Football Association applied for membership in FIFA, with the AAFA eventually being recognized as the United States Football Association, now known as the United States Soccer Federation.
The 1920s saw the rise of the American Soccer League, which was considered the second-most popular sports league in the U.S., only behind Major League Baseball. However the onset of the Great Depression ultimately led to the demise of the ASL in 1933. Despite this setback, the United States did compete in the first two FIFA World Cups, however the game failed to gain in popularity in the U.S. until the emergence of the NASL in 1968.
Much has been written and debated about the subject and this just skims the surface of the story. We’re just happy that the game did finally take off in the States and will continue to grow for decades to come.
Ruffneck Scarves is proud to continue their partnership with the United Soccer League as their official scarf provider since 2015. Over the past four years we have had the pleasure to work with many of the USL’s clubs producing the best designed and highest quality scarfs that would rival any in world soccer. The USL has grown by leaps and bounds since it’s creation in 1986 and there are plans of further expansion in the near future. What that means for you is a greater chance of professional soccer coming to a town near you and more opportunities for us to create great scarves for the fans.
Recently the United Soccer League went through a major restructuring and rebranding resulting in a clearer path for the development of players in the United States. In case you missed it here’s what the league looks like now…
USL Championship (formerly USL)
The USL Championship is one of the most successful professional soccer leagues in the world, reaching a population of more than 84 million and fueling the growth of the game across North America. In 2018, The Championship had the biggest season in its history, with almost 3 million fans attending games over the league’s regular season and postseason.
USL League One (formerly D3)
USL League One is shaping the future of the game in the United States, uniting passionate fans in new markets with the thrill of a proven professional soccer experience. After being announced in 2017 as the USL’s third division, USL League One is set to make its debut in Spring 2019 with 10 teams prepared to feature in a 28-game season.
USL League Two (formerly PDL)
The elite pre-professional tier in North American soccer, USL League Two (formerly the PDL) features over 60 franchises in four conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada. League Two has proven to be a vital stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with over 70 percent of all selections in the MLS SuperDraft since 2010 having PDL experience.
If you haven’t had a chance take a look at our collection of USL scarves on our site CLICK HERE, or visit your local team and ask them for their Ruffneck Scarf.
Recent data compiled by MLS shows that it is now the most globally diverse professional soccer league in the world. MLS’s current player pool has a record 73 countries of birth represented and and average age that continues to drop. The United States leads the way with 290 players, followed by Canada (39), Argentina (30), France (24), Brazil (20) and Colombia (19). Below is the complete list of countries represented.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (1)
COSTA RICA (12)
CZECH REPUBLIC (2)
EL SALVADOR (3)
IVORY COAST (2)
NEW ZEALAND (4)
SIERRA LEONE (1)
SOUTH AFRICA (1)
SOUTH KOREA (2)
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (1)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (290)
On Tuesday, March 19th Ruffneck Scarves is proud to be a presenting sponsor of a “Night with Alan Hinton & Friends”, hosted by Washington State Legends of Soccer and Seattle Sounders FC at the Kirkland Performance Center. This fundraising event will benefit Washington State Legends of Soccer’s preservation and reservation of Washington’s soccer history as well as the development of college scholarship programs. There will be a number of local soccer legends present, including Sounders FC head coach Brian Schmetzer.
The night will celebrate the region’s wealth of soccer history gathering Alan Hinton, one of the most notable contributors to the growth of soccer in the area, as well as many of the state’s soccer legends under one roof. The evening will be hosted by King 5 news anchor Mark Wright.
Ruffneck is proud to be a part of what should surely be a memorable night. Tickets are still available and we’d love to see you there.
WHAT: A Night with Alan Hinton & Friends
WHO: Sounders FC Ambassador Alan Hinton, Sounders FC Head Coach Brian Schmetzer, KING 5 News Anchor Mark Wright
WHEN: Tuesday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. PT
WHERE: Kirkland Performance Center (350 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033)
HOW: Tickets available at https://sndrs.com/rfv93
In case you missed it, Nashville SC unveiled their new crest and club colors this past Wednesday in preparation for joining MLS in 2020. The name will remain unchanged from the one used for the past two seasons and upcoming season in the USL.
Nashville’s primary color is “Electric Gold” and their hope is to make that color synonymous with the club and a major part of the branding. It is accompanied by what they are calling “Acoustic Blue” which to us looks like a purplish navy. Together they look really sharp, especially on scarves.
Continuing with the music theme, Nashville SC has also incorporated a sound vibration theme into their crest as a nod to the city’s history and identity. CEO Ian Ayre said “We wanted a name and an identity that was authentic in the sport. It says exactly who we represent and who we are: Nashville Soccer Club”.
Nashville SC will play it’s inaugural season home games at Nissan Stadium before a new stadium is built at the Fairgrounds in time to be used by 2021.