I was doing a little research on the history of soccer in Chicago and thought it would be interesting to put a few pins on a map with a little information about dates and events. Chicago Soccer History Map Clubs touring the states and Canada in the 20s and 30s typically stopped in Chicago and when they did they usually played two games; one against a group of "all stars" and one against Chicago Sparta. I'm not sure when the first "All-Star" team was conceived, but Chicago took the best from each team in the area to play a game against the Pilgrims from England in 1905. Chicago Sparta went up against, and sometimes beat, clubs from around the world including: Palestra (Italy) The Mexican Army Audax (Chile) SK Kladno (Czech) Atlante FC (Mexico) Maccabees (Tel Aviv) Anytime a large crowd was expected, games got moved to larger venues like Soldier Field, Comiskey Park, and Wrigley, but a lot of games were played at Sparta Stadium (21st and South Kostner), which to the best of my knowledge could seat up to 10,000. Sparta Field is mentioned in some Chicago Tribune articles from 1921 and there are several references to Sparta Stadium from 1920 - 1953. It was a bit of a mystery to me why there was no mention of Sparta Stadium after 1953, so I looked up the intersection on Google Maps and the street view shows a picture of a vacant lot from 2009. I had a hard time finding out what happened to the stadium until someone turned me onto www.historicaerials.com. I was able to view aerial pics of the intersection taken in 1938, 1951, and 1962. The 1938 shot shows a field marked for soccer and covered grandstands that run along the southside. The 1951 shot shows a field that looks more like a sandlot and half of the grandstands are gone. The 1962 shot shows a newly paved parking lot. I drew a diagram overlay on the site where Sparta Stadium once stood so anyone that is interested can see how it was set up. The map also includes a pic of the stadium where the first association rules game was played in Chicago in 1893. The first thing that jumped out at me about the pic was the grandstands on either side of the field faced in the same direction. The grandstand on the right looked out over the water where a channel had been dug for rowing competitions. One other tidbit of information, the Corinthians (England) played their first night game under the lights of old Comiskey Park on September 11, 1911 and pummeled a group of Chicago All-Stars 11-1. Not sure when the first night game of soccer was every played, but that's got to be close.