Last Updated: 2004/08/31

National Soccer Hall of Fame
by John Wright w/ contributions from David Litterer

[]National Soccer Hall of Fame[EL]
Wright Soccer Campus
18 Stadium Circle
Oneonta, NY 13820

Brief History of the Hall
Established in 1979, the National Soccer Hall of Fame has housed an extensive archive of memorabilia associated with soccer in the United States for more then 20 years. Founded in Oneonta, New York, the Hall of Fame is an organization committed to preserving the history and sport of soccer in the United States.

The Hall came to life in 1950 when a group of former professional and amateur players from the Philadelphia "Old-timers" Association took it upon themselves to recognize the achievements of soccer in America. In the 47 years since the "Old-timers" first got together, 220 members have been elected to the Hall of Fame for their outstanding contributions to American soccer, both on and off the field.

The Hall of Fame manages the nation's soccer archive, which with over 80,000 items, comprises one of the largest collections of soccer artifacts and records in the world. Some of the larger and rare pieces under the Hall of Fame's care include: the North American Soccer League Archive; the World Cup USA 1994 archive; a rare soccer photography collection from New York depression-era photographer John Albok; materials from the U.S. national teams in World Cup competition; artifacts from the American Soccer League of the 1920's - 50's; and, the world's oldest soccer ball (made in the U.S.A.).

The current building project began in 1995 with the awarding of a $4.5-million dollar grant from the State of New York to begin design and development of the National Soccer Hall of Fame complex in Oneonta. In 1998, the U.S. Soccer Foundation pledged $1-million towards the new facility and a major fund raising campaign was undertaken by the Hall's board of directors. That campaign generated the $7.2-million that is going towards construction of the first phase of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

A 20,000-square-foot museum complex opened June 12, 1999. The campaign to fund construction of a grandstand stadium, locker room facilities and an indoor soccer arena will continue over the next two years. Plans for the National Soccer Hall of Fame campus also include the addition of four more world-class soccer fields which will bring the total of fields available for play to eleven (nine outdoor and two indoor), making the Hall of Fame campus the nation's first sports museum facility totally dedicated to the sport of soccer.

In the spring of 1999 we saw the dream of preserving soccer history become a reality with the completion of the new multi-million dollar National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum Complex.

Now, we will embark on a new era for the Hall of Fame, building the new outdoor 6,000 seat stadium, more outdoor fields and an indoor arena. This expansion will provide the opportunity for youth tournaments, high school and collegiate matches, a venue for US National Team matches, International and National Competitions, plus a home for the Hall of Fame Induction Match.

About the Hall
The National Soccer Hall of Fame opened the doors of its new museum complex on Saturday, June 12, 1999. The 40,000 square foot facility houses the museum, administrative offices, Kicks Hall of Fame store, library, meeting rooms, atrium and concession area. (ed. The Kicks Hall of Fame Store is currently being upgraded online at the time of publication).

Designed as a sports museum and interactive "Kicks Zone" visitors will see and hear the little known, fascinating story of soccer and get in on the action with hands-on, feet-on activities that have visitors actually kicking and heading balls as well as being challenged with custom designed computer games. The "Kicks Zone" lets players test their skills and their strategy with speed dribbles, a header cage, animated "Kick It" games, power shots, The Wall, three-on-three challenges and more. Computer kiosks throughout the Hall of Fame let visitors test their knowledge of soccer trivia and of the great moments in the history of the sport.
The Hall plans to add a stadium, an indoor soccer arena, and housing facilities by 2006.


1 day pass
Adults $8.00*
12 and Under $6.50*
5 and Under Free
Seniors $5.50
*Admission price includes one Kicks Zone Game Card.

Museum Hours

From “Memorial Day” to “Labor Day”: Daily 9-7
Rest of Year: Daily 10-5

The National Soccer Hall of Fame is located at 18 Stadium Circle, Oneonta, NY 13820. From Interstate 88, take exit #13. Once off the exit take Route 205 North to Brown St. Then turn left and the Hall is just up the road.

From Albany (East)
Take Interstate 88 West to Exit 13. Turn right at end of the off ramp (Rt. 205). Proceed through the two lights on Rt. 205 and Museum and campus is on your left.

From Binghamton (West)
Interstate 88 East to exit 13. Turn left at the end of the off ramp (Rt. 205). Proceed through the two lights on Rt. 205 and Museum and Campus is on your left

From Syracuse (Northwest)
Interstate 81 South to Whitney Point Exit. Turn left at the end of the off ramp. Go under Interstate 81 and proceed through town. At the second light take a left and follow signs for Rt. 206. Follow Rt. 206 to Bainbridge (you will pass through Greene). Get on Interstate 88 East to Exit 13. Turn left at the end of the off ramp (Rt. 205). Proceed through two lights on Rt. 205 and Museum and Campus is on your left.

From NYC (Southeast)
Rte. 17 West to Roscoe Exit. At the end of off ramp take a left (Rte. 206). Follow Rte. 206 to Walton. At light in Walton turn left go a ¼ block turn right (Townsend Street). Follow Townsend Street until it comes to an end and then turn left onto county Rt. 21. Take county Rte. 21 to Rte. 357. Turn right onto 357. Go through Franklin to junction of Rte. 357 & Rte. 28 bear left (after Oueleout Valley Golf Course) and go over Franklin Mountain. At bottom of Mountain (non-blinking traffic light) take left onto Main Street. Get on Interstate 88 West. Interstate 88 West to Exit 13. Turn right at the end of the off ramp (Rt. 205). Proceed through the two lights on Rt. 205 and Museum and Campus is on your left.

From Utica (North)
Rt. 8 To New Berlin. Just past New Berlin you will come to a fork in the road, bear left and head towards Morris. At light in Morris go straight on Rt. 23 approximately 10 miles. You will come to the junction of Rt. 23 and Rt. 205 bare right. Follow Rt. 205 for approximately 2 miles. Museum and Campus is on your right.

Oneonta, New York

About the area
Oneonta is an attractive small town nestled in the long sinewy valleys of central New York. It is about 20 miles away from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and a weekend spent visiting both sites is time well spent. Oneonta is also the location of two regional college soccer powers, Hartwick College and SUNY/Oneonta.

Parking at the Hall of Fame: Plenty of free parking next to the building!

Celtic Motel
112 Oneida St
(607) 432-0860

Oasis Motor Inn
340 Chestnut Street
(607) 432-6041

Holiday Inn
Route 23
(607) 433-2250

Rte. 7
(607) 432-9821

Autumn Cafi
244 Main St
(607) 432-6845

Corfu Diner
139 Main St
(607) 643-0232

Ponderosa Steakhouse
333 Chestnut St
(607) 432-9263

Iannelli's Restaurant
99 Chestnut St
(607) 433-0300

Jay's Place
3200 Chestnut St # 113
(607) 432-9584

Old Spanish Tavern
195 Main St
(607) 432-9574

Aquarium 222
222 Main St # 1
(607) 431-9728

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