Our Story

ASC, the American Soccer Corps, is a 501(c)(3) civic research and education company that emerged from Open Source Soccer, a project to preserve the histories of modern American soccer’s builders. 

 

In August 2016, we began recording oral histories with the men and women whose direct involvement in local, national, and international soccer organizations and events created American soccer's modern era.

 

Long-form interviews with builders conducted on-location across the United States allowed extensive field and archival research. Beyond the histories, more than 5,000 photographs and several short videos capture American soccer today and document its historical context.

 

From these interviews emerged a quintessential American story about soccer, its people and places, and the American public during the game’s 150 year history in the US.

In May 2018, ASC's Founding Directors organized to share the story of soccer, sport, and the American public.

ASC has three goals:

  1. Establish the Modern American Soccer Oral History Archive.

  2. Preserve documents and images essential to American soccer history 

  3. Produce the documentary series America’s Soccer Story.

 

ASC's current archive holds 425+ interview hours with 130+ builders. The complete archive will hold 900+ hours with ~250 builders.

 

Story development for America’s Soccer Story began in Fall 2018, with series release planned in conjunction with USA 2026.