Paterson F.C. (NAFBL)

Paterson F.C. was an early twentieth-century American soccer club based in Paterson, New Jersey. It spent three seasons in the National Association Football League, winning one title, and one season in the American Soccer League.

The Paterson team that won the 1923 Dewar Cup.


In 1917, Paterson joined the National Association Football League, winning the 1917–18 championship. When several teams from the NAFBL left the league in 1921 to form the American Soccer League, Paterson did not join them.

A year later, Adolph Buslik, a wealthy New York fur merchant, purchased the club and the former Falco F.C. franchise in the American Soccer League.[1] The club entered the league for the 1922–23 season. Following that season, Buslik moved the franchise to New York and renamed it the National Giants Soccer Club.[2]


Year Division League Reg. season Playoffs Challenge Cup American Cup
1917/18 1 NAFBL 1st No playoff Quarterfinals ?
1918/19 1 NAFBL 3rd No playoff Runner Up Runner Up
1919/20 1 NAFBL 4th No playoff ? ?
1920/21 1 NAFBL Withdrew No playoff Third round Third round
1922/23 1 ASL 5th No playoff Champion Semifinals


  • John Ford (1919-1923)


  1. ^ ""P" in Paterson Stands for Pep: Buslik Claims". Daily News. New York City. 1922-09-17. p. 44.
  2. ^ Cahill, Thomas W., ed. (1923). Spalding's Official "Soccer" Football Guide 1923-24. Spalding's "Red Cover" Series of Athletic Handbooks, No. 55R. New York: American Sports Publishing Company. p. 94.