What can we say, we love our hometown club the Seattle Sounders. It was a great day for the Sounders and for Ruffneck, as all of our Ruffneck staff was able to be a part of this historic event.
To be able to watch the club you've been following forever win it all at home is an unbelievable thing.
It was extra special for all of us Ruffnecks to share it with our families and friends.
Scarves up Seattle!
The puck drops on the 2019/2020 NHL season today!
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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.