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SFSFL HISTORY AND EXPANSION
OUR VALUE & HISTORY: The San Francisco Soccer Football League (SFSFL) humble beginnings began in 1902. A group of immigrants having crossed the Pacific Ocean wanted to start-up a social club as they set foot in San Francisco. Having created 8 clubs, such as, Pastimes, Barbarians, Hornets, Vampires, American Rifles, Independents, Albion Rovers and the Thistles FC, these clubs overtime grew to form dynasty teams and build soccer history as chronicled in the local paper. As such, SFSFL players were known across the United States, the Olympics and CONCACAF and back home in the old land in pubs and neighborhoods which they once played. Overtime, SFSFL members have been honored in the US Soccer and California Soccer Association-North Hall of Fame for their contribution to the game in America. During the 70’s thru the 90’s, SFSFL teams on 4 separate occasions won the US Lamar Open Cup; were runner-up on 2 occasions, with the last club team having made an historic run in the US Open Cup, having knocked out 3 MLS teams before losing the championship match on shootouts. The SFSFL became the league and supportive club to help launch professional soccer in San Francisco and semi-professional teams in the bay area. Our members are today's leaders in the soccer community. Today, SFSFL is headquartered in SF at the Verdi Club - a social club. Teams and clubs play semi-professional soccer every Sunday and still stay committed to its roots and community in San Francisco. Come join us!!
OUR MISSION: Provide the highest level of men’s semi-professional soccer and continuously strive to raise the overall standard of play. All new teams entering the league must posess and maintain financial stability. SFSFL also supports its local community and youth soccer. Our members live, work and coach local youth teams and provide opportunities for collegiate soccer.
OUR GOALS: SFSFL operates under the U.S. Soccer tier-pyramid system and is committed to promoting the hotbed of soccer in San Francisco and its community. SFSFL provides high quality soccer from youth to adult level. Our expansion plan is to grow by strengthening our league annually and setting a footprint into new areas that does not currently have high-level soccer & at the same time provide services to our community. Become a FC supporter!!
WHAT MAKES PLAYING IN THE SFSFL UNIQUE? After playing semi-professional soccer for over 100 years, USASA stamped SFSFL on the soccer map to become the hotbed for Elite Premier League in Northern California. Our league showcases talented and intercollegiate players who aspire to becoming drafted or seen at the professional level or just wanting to play competitively. MLS news references SFSFL as being "a rich cultural experience that probably can't be surpassed in any known adult league." Finally, SFSFL hosts an annual GALA night and AGM conferences providing an evening of entertainment to everyone.
OUR STRENGTH: When you join and support a SF Football Club, you not only become a member of the league but your team/club also becomes a partner and family member of the longest established league in the country - working together to foster growth and development in the game.
Over the centuries, SFSFL has won many Cups from the Donnelly National Cup to the California State Cup. Before the inception of the MLS, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup was played by semi-professional teams from around the country. Past champions included shipyards and local clubs, including several SFSFL Futbol Clubs, winning one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. SFSFL Championships include: 1976, 1985, 1988, 1993 & 1994 (last semi-professional team to win the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup championship). In 1996, history was made when then SF Glens, became known as the SF Bay Seals made a historic run to beat 3 MLS teams before only losing the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Championship in shootouts against DC United.
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