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Emory University Soccer

Emory University Soccer

Emory University formed Georgia's first intercollegiate men's soccer program in 1958. At the time, most instructors in Emory's physical education department did not know the rules of the game.

Courtesy of Emory University Public Affairs

Atlanta Chiefs

Atlanta Chiefs

The 1968 lineup for the Atlanta Chiefs of the North American Soccer League included, from front to back, Vic Crowe, Freddie Mwila, Gordon Ferry, Brian Hughes, Ray Bloomfield, Emment Kapengwe, Ron Newman, John Cocking, Graham Newton, Vic Rouse, and Peter McParland. The original team folded in 1972, but a second incarnation of the Chiefs competed in the NASL from 1979 to 1981.

Pele

Pele

Soccer star Pele in Atlanta for a match against the Atlanta Chiefs in1968. Pele scored three times in the game, and the Santos defeated the Atlanta Chiefs, six to two. Pele, who later played in the North American Soccer League for the New York Cosmos, is seen as integral to the growth of American soccer.

Courtesy of Special Collections & Archives, Georgia State University Library, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archive.

Soccer in the Streets

Soccer in the Streets

Soccer in the Streets began in Atlanta in 1989 to bring soccer and other activities to disadvantaged youth in urban areas. The program exists in cities nationwide.

Photograph from the Atlanta Beltline