The ALPF is distinguished as being the first professional Soccer league in the country, and interestingly actually predates the National Football League by many years. It was established in 1894, during a period of consolidation within professional baseball, and at the time when both "association" football and "gridiron" football were fighting for the souls of the American people. Organizational and financial problems caused it to collapse shortly after completion of their first season. The teams were all named after teams in the National League (Baseball). The team nicknames listed below are unofficial. Apparently the teams never had official nicknames, but being owned by the Major League baseball teams of the respective cities, they were on occasion referred to with the baseball nicknames. The corrected table was provided by Stephen Holroyd (email@example.com) Scoring System: 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss. 1894 GP W L T GF GA Pts Brooklyn Dodgers 6 5 1 0 20 6 10 Baltimore Orioles 4 4 0 0 24 3 8 Boston Beaneaters 5 4 1 0 15 12 8 New York Giants 6 2 4 0 16 13 4 Philadelphia Phillies 9 2 7 0 15 37 4 Washington Senators 6 1 5 0 7 26 2 CHAMPION: Brooklyn. The league folded on October 20, 1894 due to many factors, including financial difficulties, low attendance, and scheduling problems because of local gridiron games.
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