USHA Library

If you are interested in the history of soccer, here books about soccer in the United States and Canada. We are always interested in new books to read about the history of soccer, so if you have suggestions, please let us know.

Akers, Michelle and Gregg Lewis. The Game and the Glory: An Autobiography. Grand Rapids, MI: ZondervanPublishingHouse, 2000.

Allaway, Roger. Corner Offices & Corner Kicks: How Big Business Created America’s Two Greatest Soccer Dynasties, Bethlehem Steel and the New York Cosmos. Haworth, NJ: St. Johann Press, 2009.

Allaway, Roger. Rangers, Rovers, & Spindles: Soccer, Immigration and Textiles in New England and New Jersey. Haworth, NJ: St. Johann Press, 2005.

Allaway, Roger and Colin Jose. The United States Tackles the World Cup. Haworth, NJ: St. Johann Press, 2011.

Allaway, Roger, Colin Jose, and David Litterer. The Encyclopedia of American Soccer History. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2001.

Arnold, Peter. FIFA World Cup USA 94: The Official Book. San Francisco: Collins Publishers, 1994.

Cascio, Chuck. Soccer U.S.A. Washington/New York: Robert B. Luce, Inc., 1975.

Chastain, Brandi and Gloria Averbuch. It’s not about the Bra: Play Hard, Play Fair, and Put the Fun Back into Competitive Sports. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2004.

Cirino, Tony. U.S. Soccer vs. the World: The American National Team in the Olympic Games, The World Cup, and Other International Competition. Leonia, NJ: Damon Press, 1983.

Davies, Pete. Twenty-Two Foreigners in Funny Shorts: The Intelligent Fan’s Guide to Soccer and World Cup ’94. New York: Random House, 1994.

Douglas, Geoffrey. The Game of Their Lives. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1996.

Dure, Beau. Long-Range Goals: The Success Story of Major League Soccer. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, Inc., 2010.

Foer, Franklin. How Soccer Explains the World. New York: HarperCollins, 2004.

Foulds, Sam and Paul Harris. America’s Soccer Heritage: A History of the Game. Manhattan Beach, California: Soccer For Americans, 1979.

Hamm, Mia and Aaron Heifetz. Go for the Goal: A Champion’s Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2000.

Hopkins, Gary. Star-Spangled Soccer: The Selling, Marketing and Management of Soccer in the USA. Basingstroke, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010.

Howard, Tim. The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.

Jose, Colin. American Soccer League, 1921-1931: The Golden Years of American Soccer. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1998.

Jose, Colin. The North American Soccer League Encyclopedia. Haworth, NJ: St. Johann Press, 2003.

Jose, Colin. NASL: A Complete Record of the North American Soccer League. Derby, England: Breedon Books Sport, 1989.

Jose, Colin. The United States and World Cup Soccer Competition: An Encyclopedic History of the United States in International Competition. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1994.

Kolesky, Matthew. When America Wins the World Cup: Shifting the Sports Culture. Published online, iUniverse Com, 2014.

Lisi, Clemente Angelo. The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team: An American Success Story. Leviathan, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2010.

Longman, Jere. The Girls of Summer: The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team and How It Changed the World. New York: HaperCollins Publishers, 2001.

Markovits, Andrei S. and Steven L. Hellerman. Offside: Soccer & American Exceptionalism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001.

Newsham, Gavin. Once in a Lifetime: The Incredible Story of the New York Cosmos. London: Atlantic Books, Ltd., 2006.

Nipper, Nathan. Dallas ‘Til I Cry: Learning to Love Major League Soccer. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.

Phillips, Glenn and Tim Oldham. World Cup USA ’94: The Complete Guide to Soccer’s World Cup and All 24 Teams. New York: HarperPaperbacks, 1994.

Plenderleith, Ian. Rock ‘N’ Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League. London: Icon Books, Ltd., 2014.

Polley, Martin. Sports History: A Practical Guide. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Radnedge, Keir. Shoot World Cup ’94. London: Hamlyn, 1994.

Reck, Gregory G. and Bruce Allen Dick. American Soccer: History, Culture, Class. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2015.

Rogers, Robbie and Eric Marcus. Coming Out to Play. New York: Penguin Books, 2014.

Seese, Dennis J. The Rebirth of Professional Soccer in America: The Strange Days of the United Soccer Association. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

Singh, Gary. The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Legacy. Charleston: The History Press, 2015.

Solo, Hope and Ann Killion. Solo: A Memoir of Hope. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2013.

Stay, Shane. Why American Soccer Isn’t There Yet. Maidenhead, England: Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK), 2014.

Sugden, John and Alan Tomlinson. FIFA and the Contest for World Football: Who Rules the Peoples’ Game. Malden, Massachusetts: Polity Press, 1998.

Szymanski, Stefan and Andrew Zimbalist. National Pastime: How Americans Play Baseball and the Rest of the World Plays Soccer. Washington, D.C.: Brookings, Institution Press, 2005.

Tossell, David. Playing for Uncle Sam: The Brits’ Story of the North American Soccer League. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing, Ltd., 2003.

Wahl, Grant. The Beckham Experiment: How the World’s Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America. New York: Crown Books, 2009..

Wangerin, David. Distant Corners: American Soccer’s History of Missed Opportunities and Lost Causes. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011.

Wangerin, David. Soccer in a Football World: The Story of America’s Forgotten Game. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2008.

World Cup ’94 Marketing. World Cup USA 94. New York: Sport Publishing Group, Inc., 1994.

World Cup ’94 Marketing. World Cup USA 94: Official Gameday Program. New York: Sport Publishing Group, Inc., 1994.

Zirin, Dave. A People’s History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play. New York: New Press, 2008.


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