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Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Available inEnglish
Created by
  • Lars Aarhus
  • Kent Hedlundh
  • Karel Stokkermans
LaunchedJanuary 1994; 27 years ago (1994-01), as Northern European Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (NERSSSF)
Current statusActive

The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF) is an international organization dedicated to collecting statistics about association football.[1] The foundation aims to build an exhaustive archive of football-related information from around the world.


This enterprise, according to its founders, was created in January 1994[2] by three regulars of the Rec.Sport.Soccer (RSS) Usenet newsgroup: Lars Aarhus, Kent Hedlundh, and Karel Stokkermans. It was originally known as the "North European Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation", but the geographical reference was dropped as its membership from other regions grew.

Today[when?] the RSSSF has members and contributors from all around the world, and has spawned seven spin-off projects to more closely follow the leagues of that project's home country. The spin-off projects are dedicated to Albania, Brazil, Denmark, Norway, Poland (, Romania, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Egypt.

This enterprise was for many years closely tied with the newsgroup RSS, and it still maintains an archive (last updated 15 June 2003) of what some of its contributors consider to be the best posts of RSS.


RSSSF's database has been described as the "very best" for football data.[2][3]


  1. ^ "The Introduction Page of the RSSSF -- The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b Loek Groot (25 January 2008). Economics, Uncertainty and European Football: Trends in Competitive Balance. Edward Elgar Publishing. p. 5. ISBN 978-1-78100-823-2.
  3. ^ Richard Witzig (2006). The Global Art of Soccer. CusiBoy Publishing. p. 418. ISBN 978-0-9776688-0-9.


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