New York Ramblers Soccer
In 1980, an ad was placed in the Village Voice looking for gay men interested in playing soccer in an area of Central Park known as the Ramble. The few who showed up were unaware they were about to make history. This was the birth of the New York Ramblers, the world’s first organized openly-gay soccer club. The Ramblers provided a space for gay men, who enjoyed the sport, to meet and socialize outside of the traditional settings of bars and clubs.
Not long after the Ramblers’ founding, gay soccer clubs began forming around the country. This growing network of clubs established the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) which brings together member organizations in competitive play. Since its creation in 1992, the IGLFA has had over 80 teams from more than 20 countries join its ranks.