The RDSL is the oldest continuous soccer league in the United States and has been in existence since 1913. Three of the league's most prominent personalities in the 70's and 80's have been enshrined in the United States Soccer Hall of Fame. Dan and Peg Fowler were inducted into the Hall of Fame in the late 1980's for their contributions to soccer in Rochester and Upstate New York. They are the only husband and wife pair inducted into the Hall of Fame. Reinhold Spath, Referee and Administrator for 48 years (and counting) was inducted in 1997 and is the only referee from Western New York to be so honored.
In 2008, Brian Alexander, Past-President and Past-Registrar, was inducted into the United States Adult Soccer Association Hall of Fame for his work to promote and expand adult soccer in Western New York.
The RDSL is currently the largest and most organized amateur league in Upstate New York. The competitive level of the league has been and continues to be very strong. This was evident in 1996 when Team Lapine, from the RDSL Premier League, went to the finals of the United States Amateur Cup. Team Lapine lost to the Denver Kickers on penalty kicks in the final. Although they did not win the game, they had already beaten teams representing several other regions and states. In 1963 the Italian Americans represented the RDSL in the Amateur Cup and won.
Congrats to former RDSL Italian American Sammy Edoung-Biyo for his Lamar Hunt Open Cup winning OT goal for the Rochester Rhinos yesterday.