Cosmopolitan Soccer League

The Cosmopolitan Soccer League is a regional soccer league consisting of clubs based in and around New York City. Established in 1923, it is one of the oldest soccer leagues in the United States and has contributed greatly to the nation's soccer history.

Cosmopolitan Soccer League
Founded1923 (1923)
First season1923–24
Country United States
ConfederationCONCACAF
(North American Football Union)
Number of teams112
Level on pyramid5
Domestic cup(s)U.S. Open Cup
International cup(s)CONCACAF Champions League
Current championsNew York Pancyprian-Freedoms
(8th title)
Most championshipsGerman-Hungarian SC
(11 titles)
Websitecosmosoccerleague.com

Currently, the league has four open divisions. The first two divisions require all clubs to also field reserve teams, a requirement that some leagues have abolished, but which the Cosmopolitan Soccer League believes makes its competition some of the strongest in United States soccer. The league also has an over-30 and an over-36 division. The league is USASA-affiliated.

The Cosmopolitan Soccer League plays a traditional international schedule with competition beginning the second weekend of September and running through June, with a winter break from the middle of December to early or middle March. During the winter months, the league runs an indoor tournament due to New York's cold climate.

History

The Cosmopolitan Soccer League was formed as the German American Soccer League in 1923. In 1927, the association changed its name to the German American Football Association. The league was highly successful in the 1920s and, in New York, was behind only baseball and basketball in terms of popularity. The league struggled through the Great Depression and by the 1940s the game was viewed by most Americans as an "ethnic" sport. Attendance and popularity declined sharply until the founding of the North American Soccer League in 1968. By the mid-1970s, league officials recognized that in order to maintain the league's viability in the same market as the star-studded New York Cosmos, it needed to appeal to a wider audience and in 1977, it voted to change its name to the Cosmopolitan Soccer League.

Prior to the professionalizing of the modern American game, the United States national team often consisted of Cosmopolitan League players.

2018–2019 team list

List of the participants in the current season:

Division 1

Division 2

North

  • Brishna
  • CD Iberia
  • Central Park Rangers FC Reds
  • FC Spring Valley
  • KidSuper Samba AC
  • Manhattan Celtic
  • NYPD FC
  • Real Ole FC[1]
  • Sporting SC

South

Metro Division 1

East

  • Gotham Argo
  • Mola SC - MOLAMERICA
  • Mr Dennehy's FC
  • NY Ittihad FC
  • NYFC Iliria
  • Richmond County FC

West

Metro Division 2

North

  • FC Partizani NY
  • Laberia FC
  • Missile FC
  • Mommas Boys FC
  • NYC Metro Stars
  • NYC Afghanistan FC
  • NY Galicia
  • NYPD Futbol Enforcers
  • S.C. Eintracht
  • Santa Fe NY
  • Borgetto FC

South

  • Barnstonworth Rovers FC
  • Beyond FC Metro
  • Brooklyn Bound SC
  • Brooklyn North FC
  • FC Sandzak
  • FC Ulqini Metro 2
  • Shamrock SC 1960
  • NY Irish SC
  • Sons of Queens

Over 30 Division

East

West

  • Between Rivers FC
  • Central Park Rangers FC Grays
  • Central Park Rangers FC Old Boys
  • Central Park Rangers FC Oranges
  • Hoboken FC 1912 Over-30
  • Megas Alexandros

Over 39 Division

In 2014 the league was finally able to convince clubs to create an older division with a view to eventually having a fully fledged Over 40's division. Initially started as the Over 35's with 3 exemptions of 30–34, in 2018–2019 the division is currently Over 39 with 3 exemptions of 34–38. Next year the division will finally be Over 40, with the exemptions status unknown depending upon league votes.

Inactive Clubs

Past Champions

Club No. of titles Championship Season
German-Hungarian SC 11 1929–1930, 1932–1933, 1933–1934, 1939–1940, 1940–1941,

1950–1951, 1951–1952, 1953–1954, 1954–1955, 1955–1956,

1957–1958

Greek American AA 9 1963–1964, 1967–1968, 1968–1969, 1969–1970, 2004–2005,

2007–2008, 2008–2009, 2011–2012, 2016–2017

New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 8 1978–1979, 1979–1980, 1981–1982, 2002–2003, 2003–2004,

2009–2010, 2010–2011, 2018–2019

Elizabeth S.C. 7 1937–1938, 1946–1947, 1947–1948, 1948–1949, 1952–1953,

1970–1971*, 1972–1973

New York Athletic Club 1994–1995, 1995–1996, 1996–1997, 1998–1999, 1999–2000,

2000–2001, 2012–2013

Brooklyn Italians 6 1976–1977, 1977–1978, 1980–1981, 1983–1984, 2005–2006,

2006–2007

New York Hungaria 1956–1957, 1958–1959, 1959–1960, 1960–1961, 1961–1962,

1992–1993

SC Eintracht 5 1942–1943, 1943–1944, 1944–1945, 1945–1946, 1949–1950
DFC Newark 4 1927–1928, 1928–1929, 1931–1932, 1936–1937
Lansdowne Bhoys FC 2013–2014, 2014–2015, 2015–2016, 2017–2018
DSC Brooklyn 3 1934–1935, 1935–1936, 1938–1939
Inter-Guiliana SC 1971–1972, 1973–1974, 1975–1976
New York Croatia SC 1985–1986, 1988–1989, 1997–1998
New York Hota/Bavarian SC 1970–1971*, 1986–1987, 1987–1988
Blau-Weiss Gottschee SC 2 1962–1963, 1990–1991
New York Albanians 1989–1990, 2001–2002
New York Ukrainians 1965–1966, 1966–1967
1st SC Vienna 1 1930–1931
Blue Star SC 1964–1965
Clarkstown SC 1993–1994
German-American AC 1941–1942
Hoboken FC 1912 1984–1985
Hudson Dalmatians 1974–1975
Sportfriends SC 1991–1992
Vasco Da Gama SC 1982–1983
  • Both Elizabeth S.C. and New York Hota/Bavarian SC hold the title of champion for the 1970–1971 season

Year by year

Season Champion
1928 DFC Newark
1929 DFC Newark
1930 German-Hungarian SC
1931 1st SC Vienna
1932 DFC Newark
1933 German-Hungarian SC
1934 German-Hungarian SC
1935 DSC Brooklyn
1936 DSC Brooklyn
1938 Elizabeth S.C.
1939 DSC Brooklyn
1940 German-Hungarian SC
1941 German-Hungarian SC
1942 German-American AC
1943 S.C. Eintracht
1944 S.C. Eintracht
1945 S.C. Eintracht
1946 S.C. Eintracht
1947 Elizabeth S.C.
1948 Elizabeth S.C.
1949 Elizabeth S.C.
1950 S.C. Eintracht
1951 German-Hungarian SC
1952 German-Hungarian SC
1953 Elizabeth S.C.
1954 German-Hungarian SC
1955 German-Hungarian SC
1956 German-Hungarian SC
1957 New York Hungaria
1958 German-Hungarian SC
1959 New York Hungaria
1960 New York Hungaria
1961 New York Hungaria
1962 New York Hungaria
1963 Blau-Weiss Gottschee SC
1964 Greek American AA
1965 Blue Star SC
1966 New York Ukranians
1967 New York Ukranians
1968 Greek American AA
1969 Greek American AA
1970 Greek American AA
1971 Elizabeth S.C./New York Hota/Bavarian SC (shared)
1972 Inter-Guiliana SC
1973 Elizabeth S.C.
1974 Inter-Guiliana SC
1975 Hudson Dalmatians
1976 Inter-Guiliana SC
1977 Brooklyn Italians
1978 Brooklyn Italians
1979 New York Pancyprian-Freedoms
1980 New York Pancyprian-Freedoms
1981 Brooklyn Italians
1982 New York Pancyprian-Freedoms
1983 Vasco Da Gama SC
1984 Brooklyn Italians
1985 Hoboken FC 1912
1986 New York Croatia SC
1987 New York Hota/Bavarian SC
1988 New York Hota/Bavarian SC
1989 New York Croatia SC
1990 New York Albanians
1991 Blau-Weiss Gottschee SC
1992 Sportfriends SC
1993 New York Hungaria
1994 Clarkstown SC
1995 New York Athletic Club S.C.
1996 New York Athletic Club S.C.
1997 New York Athletic Club S.C.
1998 New York Croatia SC
1999 New York Athletic Club S.C.
2000 New York Athletic Club S.C.
2001 New York Athletic Club S.C.
2002 New York Albanians
2003 New York Pancyprian-Freedoms
2004 New York Pancyprian-Freedoms
2005 Greek American AA
2006 Brooklyn Italians
2007 Brooklyn Italians
2008 Greek American AA
2009 Greek American AA
2010 New York Pancyprian-Freedoms
2011 New York Pancyprian-Freedoms
2012 Greek American AA
2013 New York Athletic Club S.C.
2017 Greek American AA
2019 New York Pancyprian-Freedoms

See also

References

Notes
  1. "Real Ole FC (2018/2019)". www.cosmosoccerleague.com. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
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