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Soccer in the National Archives

Soccer. The game transcends language barriers and functions as a tool for diplomacy, recreation, and competition. It's the most popular sport in the world, though professional soccer—widely known as football outside of the United States—only gained traction in the U.S. in the 1990s and early 2000s. From photos of children playing on the White House lawn to championship teams and some of the most famous players meeting with U.S. Presidents, the National Archives Catalog contains decades of soccer records.

You can learn about the impact of sports in the exhibit All American: The Power of Sports, which runs in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery in Washington, DC, from September 16, 2022 through January 7, 2024. 

Read more about the soccer-related holdings at the National Archives: