At the 1904 Summer Olympics, a football event was contested. Three club teams competed. Medals were awarded for the first time in Olympic history. The 1904 contest is considered to be an official contest by the IOC.
Football at the 1904 Summer Olympics
|Host country||United States|
|Dates||November 16–23, 1904|
|Venue(s)||1 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions|| Canada (1st title)|
|Runners-up|| United States|
|Third place|| United States|
|Goals scored||13 (3.25 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Alexander Hall|
(3 goals each)
The 1904 Games were spread over several months, linked to the St. Louis World's Fair, and football was the last sport to be contested, in November. The tournament was played as a straight round robin, although the game between Christian Brothers College and St. Rose Parish was replayed twice due to a draw.
According to a report in the Toronto Mail and Empire newspaper of November 18, 1904, medals were awarded to the players in St. Louis.
The report states that "Immediately after the game, the Galt aggregation, numbering about 50 persons, retired to the office of James E. Sullivan, chief of the Department of Physical Culture, where they received their prize. After a short talk by Mr. James A. Conlon, of the Physical Culture Department, Mayor Mundy, of the City of Galt, presented each player on the winning team with a beautiful gold medal."
The medal awarded to Fred Steep of Galt, held by The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum in Vaughan, Ontario, clearly shows that the medals were made in St. Louis, Missouri.