Football at the 1904 Summer Olympics
Tournament details
Host country United States
CitySt. Louis
DatesNovember 16–23, 1904
Venue(s)Francis Olympic Field
Final positions
ChampionsCanada Galt (1st title)
Runners-upUnited States Christian Brothers College
Third placeUnited States St. Rose Parish
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored13 (3.25 per match)
Top scorer(s)Canada Alexander Hall
Canada Thomas Taylor
(3 goals each)
(1906) 1908
4 matches played includes 1 replay

Men's association football (soccer) was contested at the 1904 Summer Olympics. A total of three club teams competed, two representing the United States, both from host city St. Louis, and one representing Canada, from Galt (now Cambridge), Ontario.[1] Originally two other Canadian teams had also been scheduled for the competition, Berlin Rangers and the University of Toronto, but both withdrew before the competition.[2]

The 1904 Olympic Games were spread over several months, linked to the St. Louis World's Fair, and football, in November, was the last sport to be contested. The tournament was played as a straight round-robin, although the game between Christian Brothers College and St. Rose Parish was replayed due to a draw in their first game.[3]

Gold medals were awarded at these Olympics for the first time. Galt F.C. (Canada) won the gold medal, Christian Brothers College (United States) the silver, and St. Rose Parish (United States) the bronze. These results are the best that either Canada or the United States have achieved in men's Olympic football. The 1904 contest is considered to be an official contest by IOC,[4] although not by FIFA because no national teams were involved in the competition.[2]

Teams entered

Competition schedule

The match schedule of the tournament.[5]

RR Round-robin R Replay
Wed 16 Thu 17 Fri 18 Sat 19 Sun 20 Mon 21 Tue 22 Wed 23


Francis Field hosted all the matches
Francis Field hosted all the matches


Main article: Football at the 1904 Summer Olympics – Men's team squads


Galt F.C. had little difficulty with either of the U.S. squads, defeating them both without conceding a goal. The U.S. teams played a scoreless draw before Christian Brothers College won a rematch against St. Rose Parish, 2–0.

Christian Brothers College United States0–7Canada Galt F.C.
Report Hall
T. Taylor
Francis Field, St. Louis
Referee: Paul McSweeney (United States)

St. Rose Parish United States0–4Canada Galt F.C.
Report (1)
Report (2)
T. Taylor
Francis Field, St. Louis
Referee: Paul McSweeney (United States)

Christian Brothers College United States0–0United States St. Rose Parish

Christian Brothers College United States2–0United States St. Rose Parish
? Report

Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Canada Galt F.C. 2 2 0 0 11 0 +11 4
2 United States Christian Brothers College 2 1 0 1 2 7 –5 2
3 United States St. Rose Parish 2 0 0 2 0 6 –6 0

Medal summary

Medal table

According to a report in the Toronto Mail and Empire newspaper of November 18, 1904, medals were awarded to the players in St. Louis. The report states that "Immediately after the game, the Galt aggregation, numbering about 50 persons, retired to the office of James E. Sullivan, chief of the Department of Physical Culture, where they received their prize. After a talk by Mr. James A. Conlon, of the Physical Culture Department, Mayor Mundy, of the City of Galt, presented each player on the winning team with a beautiful gold medal." The medal awarded to Fred Steep of Galt, held by The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum in Vaughan, Ontario, clearly shows that the medals were made in St. Louis, Missouri.

Canadian team Galt F.C. won the Gold Medal
Canadian team Galt F.C. won the Gold Medal
St. Louis team Christian Brothers College won the Silver Medal
St. Louis team Christian Brothers College won the Silver Medal
1 Canada (CAN)1001
2 United States (USA)0112
Totals (2 nations)1113


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's football  Canada (CAN)
Galt F.C.
Otto Christman
George Ducker
John Fraser
John Gourlay
Alexander Hall
Albert Henderson
Albert Johnston
Robert Lane
Ernest Linton
Gordon McDonald
Frederick Steep
Tom Taylor
William Twaits
 United States (USA)
Christian Brothers College
Charles Bartliff
Warren Brittingham
Oscar Brockmeyer
Alexander Cudmore
Charles January
John January
Thomas January
Raymond Lawler
Joseph Lydon
Louis Menges
Peter Ratican
 United States (USA)
St. Rose Parish
Joseph Brady
George Cooke
Thomas Cooke
Cormic Cosgrove
Edward Dierkes
Martin Dooling
Frank Frost
Claude Jameson
Henry Jameson
Leo O'Connell
Harry Tate


  1. ^ 1904-11 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament on Canada Soccer website
  2. ^ a b Men's Olympic football tournament on
  3. ^ Games of the III. Olympiad - Football Tournament on the RSSSF
  4. ^ St. Louis 1904 football men on IOC website
  5. ^ "Games of the III. Olympiad Olympiad Football Tournament". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved July 13, 2021.