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    The Introduction Page of the RSSSF

    R.S.S.S.F. stands for Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. It was originally founded as NERSSSF (for Northern European Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation) in January 1994 by three regular contributors to the newsgroup, namely, in alphabetical order, Lars Aarhus, the maintainer of a fabulous archive on Norwegian football, Kent Hedlundh, the organiser of the annual "RSS-Player of the Year" vote, and Karel Stokkermans, once regular poster of scores from (mostly) Eastern European leagues, and current maintainer of the RSSSF Archive. In the beginning of December 1994, we were joined by the then DSFS Vice President and maintainer of the ultimate WWW-page on German football, Bernd Timmermann.

    Since December 1994, we have been making league tables and all other kind of statistical information on football and its history, which we have been collecting for years, available through this archive - first announced on

    The URL was improved in steps; the first address change was announced in 1997 and since spring 2000 the archive is located at [].

    Since the introduction of this WWW-page, RSSSF membership has dramatically increased, as can be seen from the list below. Clearly the restriction to a specific region had to be dropped, so the name has been shortened to simply RSSSF, the "Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation". The first four members were joined by Søren Florin Elbech, organizer of the first In Real Life Meeting on May 18, 1997, to form the "Board", which decides on applications for membership and such issues.

    At the end of October 1998, the Danish branch of RSSSF became Dansk Boldspil-Unions Officielle Leverandør af Statistisk Materiale; it can now be found as:

    In July 2000, a further 'local' section was formed with RSSSF Brazil.

    Our major goal is collecting all kind of statistics, in particular league tables from all over the world, on football, and making this information available to those sharing our interest. Moreover, those statistics should be as reliable as possible, which means that our ultimate goal is to have correspondents from (and better yet in) the countries involved.

    New members are therefore in principle welcome if:

    • they can provide continuous coverage of as yet uncovered competitions;
    • they can ensure correctness of their data.

    If you have more detailed data on competitions which are already covered, we may be interested in co-operation; likewise if you have data which cannot immediately be classified as results or tables, subject to the discretion of the Board.

    If you are interested in becoming a member, please follow the following procedure:

    • study the RSSSF Charter to see whether you can identify with our goals and policies;
    • check to what extent the data you're willing to provide are already covered in the archive;
    • mail Kent Hedlundh, clearly stating what type of data you want to provide;
    • supply a sample file with statistics and mail it to Karel Stokkermans for inclusion in the archive; this sample file should be either in ascii (preferred) or html-format.

    Your application will then be dealt with by the Board at its earliest convenience.

    We welcome all comments on the tables in the archive - be it on spelling of club names, additional information, or simply corrections; please direct them to karel at

    There are extensive profiles of some of the RSSSF Members.

    The RSSSF Board currently consists of Karel Stokkermans (President), Kent Hedlundh (Vice-President), Lars Aarhus (Secretary General), Bernd Timmermann (Public Relations Manager), and Søren Florin Elbech (Chancellor of the Exchequer). Mike Raney assists Bernd and Søren in their tasks as RSSSF's Liaison Officer.

    All current RSSSF Members, in alphabetical order, together with their e-mail addresses and topics on which they admit a measure of specialization:

    For any question on football statistics, feel free to select the "closest" specialist from the above list and send an e-mail (please replace ' at ' by @).

    After existing for more than twenty years it is perhaps unavoidable some of the RSSSF members or regular contributors have left us forever.

    In memoriam:

    • Chris Allen (USA)
    • Luiz Fernando Bindi (Brazil)
    • Josef Bobrowsky (Austria)
    • Almantas Lauzadis (Lithuania)
    • Erlan Manaschev (international matches)
    • Erdinç Sivritepe (Turkey)

    Additionally, former members who have meanwhile lost e-mail access or the time to contribute to the archive; they have helped significantly in making the archive what it currently is:

    • Keith Barrett (England)
    • John Beuker (Netherlands, European club cups, varia)
    • Eric Boesenberg (Africa)
    • José Ricardo Caldas e Almeida (RSSSF Brazil)
    • Bertie Chimilio (Belize)
    • Piotr Dabrowski (Poland)
    • Dario Desio (Italy)
    • Charl Gerber (Africa)
    • Francesco Gullo (Italy)
    • Henrik Haslund (Denmark)
    • Boris Herceg (Croatia)
    • Eduardo Horácio Jr. (RSSSF Brazil)
    • Jorg Jansen (Players database)
    • Mark Jansen (Belgium, Netherlands)
    • João Alberto Machado (RSSSF Brazil)
    • �ngel David Mart�nez L�pez (Spain)
    • François Mazet (Africa, France)
    • Danilo Monaco (Italy, Finland)
    • Pär Morell (Sweden, varia)
    • Jaime Andrés Nieto (Colombia)
    • Heikki Pietarinen (Finland)
    • Achi Raz (Israel)
    • Hermenegildo Santisteban (Mexico)
    • Alexandre Santos Barros (Brazil)
    • Manuel Schmidt (Germany)
    • Héctor Villa Martínez (Mexico, Latin America)
    • Ville Virkkala (Finland)
    • Endre Zsoldos (Hungary)

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    About this document

    Many thanks to RISC-Linz for making resources available for this archive in the past.

    List of sources used for the RSSSF Archive

    Prepared and maintained by the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

    Author: RSSSF ([email protected])
    Last updated: 23 Jul 2020

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