National Association Football League

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The National Association Football League (also spelled National Association Foot Ball League) (NAFBL) was a semi-professional U.S. soccer league which operated between 1895 and 1898. The league was reconstituted in 1906 and continued to operate until 1921.


In April 1895, the NAFBL began operation as the third significant U.S. soccer league. It drew its teams primarily from northern New Jersey and New York City. Few records exist for the league, but the teams and standings for four of the five seasons do exist. After its first spring-summer season in 1895, the NAFBL moved to a winter schedule in the fall of 1895. On December 16, 1895, the NAFBL opened its second season with a game pitting the Kearny Scottish-Americans and the International Athletic Club.[1] In 1899, a deep recession, accompanied by the Spanish–American War led to the collapse of several athletic leagues and teams, among them the NAFBL. On August 14, 1906, the league was revived and continued in operation until 1921. That year, several of the top NAFBL teams, frustrated by the amateur/semi-professional nature of the league, joined with other top North Atlantic U.S. teams to form the first fully professional U.S. soccer league, the American Soccer League.






Year Winner Runners-up
1895 Centreville A.C. Kearny Scots
1896–97 Scottish Americans
1897–98 Paterson True Blues Kearny Scots
1898–99 Paterson True Blues Kearny Arlington
1906–07 West Hudson A.A. Kearny Scots
1907–08 Newark F.C. Paterson Rangers
East Newark Clark A.A. (1)[2]
West Hudson A.A.
1909–10 West Hudson A.A. Jersey A.C.
1910–11 Jersey A.C. Paterson Wilberforce
1911–12 West Hudson A.A. Paterson Wilberforce
1912–13 West Hudson A.A. Paterson True Blues
1913–14 Brooklyn F.C. West Hudson A.A.
1914–15 West Hudson A.A. Jersey A.C.
1915–16 Harrison Alley Boys Kearny Scots
1916–17 Jersey A.C. Kearny Scots
1917–18 Paterson F.C. Bethlehem Steel F.C.
1918–19 Bethlehem Steel F.C. Philadelphia Merchant Ship
1919–20 Bethlehem Steel F.C. Erie A.A.
1920–21 Bethlehem Steel F.C. New York F.C.


  1. ^ December 16, 1895 New York Times
  2. ^ Clark and West Hudson finished tied and were declared co-champions.

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