The St. Louis Soccer League, founded in 1907, was the country's only fully professional soccer league of its day. St. Leo's, founded in 1903 as a member of the St. Louis Association Football League before moving to the St. Louis Soccer League in 1908 was one of the first fully professional soccer teams in the U.S. and dominated the St. Louis soccer scene for over a decade.

In 1913, the St. Louis Soccer League came to national attention when St. Leo’s tied the Paterson True Blues, winners of the American Cup. At the time, the American Cup was the most recognized regional cup and was the de facto East Coast championship. In 1918, the team came under sponsorship of St. Louis Screw and competed under that name until 1922. (SLSL team also went to the final in 1926, 1929 and every season from 1932 to 1939).

In 1935, the SLSL began to see internal strife, including lawsuits between teams over player tampering, which led in 1939 to its dissolution.

The St. Louis Stars played from 1967–77 in the North American Soccer League. The team was known for its high concentration of American players, many from the St. Louis area, in contrast to other NASL teams' reliance on foreign players.[3] The team moved to Anaheim in 1978 and became the California Surf.




St Louis Storm Soccer
1989-1992: Indoor soccer returns on July 6, 1989 when San Jose businessman announces he will bring the Storm to St. Louis based at the St. Louis Arena in the Major Indoor Soccer League.

St Louis Ambush
1992-2000: The team was founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they played one season before coming to St. Louis. The Ambush made the playoffs every year that they played in St. Louis, except their final year of 1999–2000. The Ambush won one National Professional Soccer League championship (1994–95 season), defeating the Harrisburg Heat. They played in four NPSL Championship series (1994, 1995, 1998, 1999), losing to the Cleveland Crunch twice (in 1994 and 1999), and to the Milwaukee Wave (1998). At the end of the 1999-2000 season, the Ambush finish at 11-33, the worst in franchise history. The club folds after its lease is terminated by Kiel Center.

St Louis Steamers
(1998)2000-2006: The Steamers were granted a World Indoor Soccer League expansion franchise in December 1998 but did not begin play until the 2000 season. In 2002, the team, along with fellow WISL teams Dallas Sidekicks and San Diego Sockers joined the Major Indoor Soccer League when the two leagues merged. The second team to use the name, these Steamers played in the World Indoor Soccer League in 2000–01, then in the MISL from the 2003–04 season to the 2005–06 season. In 2005, the Steamers add their first female player, Lindsey Kennedy. On September 22, 2006: Following several months of discussions with potential new investors, the MISL announced that the Steamers were placed on inactive status for the 2006-07 season. MISL Commissioner Steve Ryan said the league would continue efforts to return a team to St. Louis.

Athletica: Founded in 2008 by St. Louis native Jeff Cooper, the Saint Louis Athletica competed in Women's Professional Soccer from 2009 to 2010. Athletica initially played its home matches on the campus of Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, and later moved to Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in the suburb of Fenton, Missouri. The team folded in May 2010 when English owners brought on by Cooper before the 2010 season stopped funding the team.
AC ST LOUIS: Cooper also founded the AC St. Louis, which played its only season in 2010 in the NASL Conference of the temporary Division II Pro League. Wearing green, white, and yellow, A.C. St. Louis also played its home games at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park. Its first coach was Claude Anelka, the older brother of French international striker Nicolas Anelka, who was replaced by Dale Schilly midway through the season[7] as a consequence of the same ownership issues that doomed the Athletica. The club planned to join the new North American Soccer League in the 2011 season, but folded in January 2011[8] after USSF stopped backing the team's finances and new owners were not found.
ST LOUIS FC: In May 2014, the Division III USL Pro league announced that an expansion franchise would begin play in the 2015 season at the St. Louis Soccer Park in Fenton.