Fall River Football Club is a nonprofit, amateur soccer club competing in the Bay State Soccer League (BSSL) and representing the Southcoast of Massachusetts. The club was founded in 1921, when it started competing in the American Soccer League (ASL) throughout the 1920's and 1930's, winning one league title in the Fall of 1932. The Great Depression severely affected the stability of clubs in the ASL, and several clubs merged, relocated or even disappeared. The league operated from 1921 to 1933, and was the first significant soccer league in the United States.
Most notably, Fall River F.C. won two prestigious friendlies in 1931. The first coming on February 22nd, when the club beat Argentinian side Vélez Sarsfield 5-2. Then on May 31st with a team that included Joe Kennaway, Bill Paterson and Tom Florie beat Scottish side Celtic F.C 1-0.
We are very proud of our club's history and we will do our best to honor it!
After hours of training and preparing for our upcoming season, Fall River F.C. assembled a team filled with local talent from all levels of play - former and current college players as well as experienced players from reputable academies and teams throughout the United States and Europe. A team filled with diverse backgrounds, including American, Brazilian, Cape Verdean, French, Ghanaian, Guatemalan, Italian and Portuguese roots, coming together on and off the pitch like a family which helped us come up with our team motto "Somos Família"
Our first competitive match in 87 years came on March 30th, 2019 in the BSSL Cup against the Boston Cranes, which ended in a 4-1 victory for Fall River F.C. We then went on to beat Division 1, 2 and 3 teams to reach the semi-finals and faced off with eventual winners GPS Omens. Although we fell short, it was a cup run we were very proud of as we became only the sixth Division 3 side in 18 years to reach the semi-finals.
Our BSSL league form continued throughout the spring and summer. The first half of the season Fall River F.C. won 6 games, tied 2 games and lost 1 game. We had our summer break, in which we won the first ever Taça de Fall River, defeating the Fall River Marksmen 4-3 on aggregate over two legs. The second half of the season Fall River F.C. won 5 games, tied 2 games and lost 2 games. Overall, we finished with 11 wins, 4 ties and 3 losses, accumulating 37 points and finishing 3rd in BSSL's Division 3. Unfortunately, we failed to win the league and we missed out on a play-off promotion spot by two points.
Having fell short of promotion and in our BSSL Cup journey, we look forward to 2020 and improving on these results.