Fifty-five years ago to the date, Atlanta won the city's first professional sports title, but not many people have actually heard of the team that lifted the trophy. The Atlanta Chiefs were a soccer club that won the 1968 NASL championship on September 28, 1968. They were the first professional sports team to win a title in the city of Atlanta.
To commemorate the occasion, the digital team at Atlanta United announces "The History of Atlanta Soccer" presented by Piedmont, a new audio series launching next month. The documentary, produced by Jason Longshore, Sandy McAfee and Atlanta United, tracks the growth of soccer in the city, from the turn of the century to organized teams like the Atlanta Chiefs, Silverbacks and Atlanta United.
Why did soccer take such a deep hold in Atlanta? How did Atlanta become such fertile ground for the world’s most popular sport? From homespun beginnings to sold-out matches at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new series covers how the sport grew in Atlanta with interviews with coaches, players, current front office staff and lifelong ATLiens.
Whether you're a soccer nut, a casual supporter or a local resident curious to learn more about the city, join us as we dive into the rich, beautiful, passionate history of soccer in Atlanta.