Statistics Foundation
Available inEnglish
Created by
  • Lars Aarhus
  • Kent Hedlundh
  • Karel Stokkermans
LaunchedJanuary 1994; 30 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 organisation dedicated to collecting statistics about association football. The foundation aims to build an exhaustive archive of football-related information from around the world.


The RSSSF website contains football-related statistics in the form of lists without commentary and it is maintained by volunteer contributors.[1] It is considered one of "the most complete" publicly available statistical football databases in the world, and has virtually every piece of historical information.[2]

This enterprise, according to its founders, was created in January 1994[3] 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.[citation needed]

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, Romania, Uruguay, Venezuela and Egypt.[citation needed] In November 2002, the Polish service became the official branch of RSSSF Poland.[4]

Player of the Year award

The Rec.Sport.Soccer Player of the Year Award was an annual football award presented by the organisation. First presented in 1992, the readers of the newsgroup voted in a format similar to that of the France Football Ballon d'Or award. It recognised the best player in the world and was discontinued after the 2005 edition.[5][non-primary source needed]

See also


  1. ^ Finkelstein, Daniel (15 November 2003). "Weighting in vain for Fifa's ranking aficionados". The Times. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2024.
  2. ^ Witzig, Richard (2006). The Global Art of Soccer. New Orleans: CusiBoy Publishing. p. 418. ISBN 0-977-66880-0.
  3. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 22 January 2023. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  4. ^ "O stronie". Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  5. ^ a b " Player of the Year Award". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 5 July 2022. Retrieved 29 June 2022.