1916–17 National Challenge Cup

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1916–17 National Challenge Cup
Country United States
Defending championsBethlehem Steel
ChampionsFall River Rovers (1st title)
Runners-upBethlehem Steel

The 1916–17 National Challenge Cup was the fourth annual cup tournament held by the United States Football Association. On May 5, 1917, Fall River Rovers defeated Bethlehem Steel to take the title. Thomas Swords scored the game-winning goal thirty seconds into the game. The second round match on January 28 between Bay Ridge of Brooklyn and the Newark Scottish-Americans was originally awarded to Bay Ridge for non-appearance of the Scots. Despite Bay Ridge having played and won their third-round game 2-0 over New York, the Bay Ridge/Scots game was ordered replayed by the cup committee. The Scots won the replay and went on to face New York in the third round.


Home teams listed on top of bracket

Second Round
December 16, 1916 – March 4, 1917
Third Round
February 3, 1917 – March 31, 1917
March 3, 1917 – April 8, 1917
April 21, 1917
May 5, 1917
MA Fall River Rovers 3
MA New Bedford F.C. 1
MA Fall River Rovers 3
MA Lynn Hibernians 1
MA Lynn Hibernians 1
MA Lawrence Olympics 0
MA Fall River Rovers 6
RI Howard & Bullough F.C. 1
MA Andover United w/o
MA Clan McLennan
MA Andover United 2
RI Howard & Bullough F.C. 5
RI Howard & Bullough F.C. 0-5
RI Crompton F.C. 0-2
MA Fall River Rovers 1-4
PA Disston A.A. 1-3
PA Disston A.A. 13
NJ Jersey A.C. 0
PA Disston A.A. 1
CT Bridgeport 0
CT Bridgeport F.C. 4
CT British American 0
PA Disston A.A. 2
NY New York F.C. 0
PA Putnam F.C. 0
NY New York F.C. 2
NY New York F.C. 6
NY Scottish Americans 4
NJ Scottish Americans 2
NY Bay Ridge 1
MA Fall River Rovers 1
PA Bethlehem Steel 0
NJ West Hudson A.A. 2
NY Clan MacDonald 1
NJ West Hudson A.A. 0
PA Bethlehem Steel 3
PA Bethlehem Steel 3
NY Brooklyn Celtic 1
PA Bethlehem Steel 2
PA Homestead F.C. 1
PA Homestead F.C. 9
PA Juniata PR 2
PA Homestead F.C. 2
OH White Automobile 1
OH White Automobile 1
OH Cleveland Thistles 0
PA Bethlehem Steel 6
IL Joliet F.C. 0
MI Caledonia F.C. 3
MI St. George F.C. 1
MI Caledonia F.C. 2
MI Detroit F.C. 1
NY Rochester City 0
MI Detroit F.C. 1
MI Caledonia F.C. 0
IL Joliet F.C. 4
IL Pullman F.C. 1
IL McDuffs 3
IL McDuffs 1
IL Joliet F.C. 6
IL Joliet F.C. 2
IL Bricklayers and Masons 1

(*) replay after tied match w/o walkover/forfeit victory awarded


Fall River Rovers (MA)1–0Bethlehem Steel (PA)
Swords Goal 1' Report[1]
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: W. Taylor (USA)

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  1. ^ "Unknown". Archived from the original on 2009-10-20.