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The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF) is an international amateur organization dedicated to collecting statistics about association football. 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 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 the RSSSF has members and contributors from 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 and Venezuela.
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.
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- Witzig, Richard (2006). The Global Art of Soccer. New Orleans, LA: Cusiboy Publishing. p. 418. ISBN 0-9776688-0-0. OCLC 71788848. http://books.google.com/books?id=H2T0ZD5S86QC&pg=PA418&lpg=PA418&dq=%22Soccer+Statistics+Foundation%22&source=web&ots=iDzCbuSw4-&sig=sSqw_DE3z3u-xaq2Do0aFKuzNz8&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result. Retrieved 19 July 2008.
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