Another look back at the Soccer America archives (click the image to zoom in): in November 1972, the roadmap for soccer’s future in the U.S. was very much up for the debate. The author argues here for the college and semi-pro levels to make smart choices and for the future benefits youth soccer’s explosion would bring, allowing soccer to stand alongside American football now “the program of professional soccer has seen its worst days” (not foreseen were the dark days to come between the NASL’s demise in 1984 and the launch of MLS in 1996).
The writer cheerily concludes: “Football is still King, but watch out; the foot in soccer will soon be matched with head play and then many kings will reign.”
Before the likes of Bumpy Pitch came along, this was your choice custom soccer merchandise circa 1972.
From Soccer America magazine, 11.21.72.
The first in a series of historical scans from Soccer America magazine. Founded in 1971, SA has been covering the news of the sport ever since, and XI co-editor David Keyes has been rooting through their archives. This first post looks at the state of the NASL heading into 1973, the New York Cosmos having won their first championship the season before.
Reproduced with the permission of Soccer America