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United Soccer League of Pennsylvania


The United Soccer League of Pennsylvania originated from "United Soccer”, an organization founded in the mid-1950s to sponsor international soccer games in the Philadelphia area.  Eventually a few men from the organization came up with the idea to form a "German League."  These men had pledged support from the Philadelphia United German-Hungarians, Phoenix SC, and the Vereinigung Erzgebirge.  After a few weeks these men had their first open meeting and the preliminary work was done to form the league.  A call went out to several other organizations such as Norristown, Allentown, Easton, Bethlehem, Camden, and Reading.  In 1959 the idea of a "German League" was dropped and the United Soccer League of Pennsylvania was founded.

Founders: Frank Follmer (United German Hungarians), John Piatka (United German Hungarians), Carl Schmollinger (Phoenix SC), Werner Kraheck (Reading Americans), John Benkert (Schwarzwald Kickers), John Weber (United German Hungarians), Gustav Ingold (Vereinigung Erzgebirge), Werner Fricker (United German Hungarian), Carl Locher (Phoenix SC), Hans Kompauer (Schwarzwald Kickers), Erwin Green (Kolping SC), Stephen Augenbaugh (Phoenix SC), Alfred Hahn (Vereinigung Erzgebirge), Karl Zaute (Vereinigung Erzgebirge), William Robatzek (Phoenix SC), Herman Trautz (Vereinigung Erzgebirge), George Heinzelmann, Jr. (Vereingung Erzgebirge)

In the years to come, the United League became a powerhouse in amateur soccer in the Northeast Region.  Our teams have consistently participated in all levels of the USASA National Cups, producing continuous Eastern Pennsylvania Champions.  The United League has also generated four US National Amateur Cup Champions, a USASA Open Cup Champion, an Over-30 Cup Champion, and several other team finalists in both the Men’s and Women’s National Cup Competitions.

Many players from the league have played on numerous Select Teams and All-Star teams, while others have joined the Professional ranks both at home and abroad.  Over 215 organizations have played in the United League.  Many present and former members of the league have been selected to the Pennsylvania or the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Currently, the League sponsors both a Major Division and a Women’s Major Division.