Fresno State’s Valley Public History Initiative will host a conference, “The Other Football: Tracing the Game’s Roots and Routes in the San Joaquin Valley,” from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Henry Madden Library (Room 2206).

The conference features the past, present and future of soccer in the Central Valley with presentations by students.

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., “Soccer at Fresno State, Men and Women.”
  • 12:15 to 1 p.m., “Professional and Semi- Professional Futbol, Fresno Fuego, Fresno Freeze and Clovis Sidekicks, Fresno Fire Squad.”
  • 1:10 to 1:50 p.m., “The Collegiate Game: Pacific and City, Fresno City Women and Men, Fresno Pacific Men and Women.”

The Valley Public History Initiative project seeks to document and construct a history of amateur, collegiate and professional soccer in the Valley. Since the beginning of the spring semester, faculty and graduate and undergraduate students have been conducting local research, scanning photographs and interviewing former and current players.

The project is part of the Valley Public History Initiative: Preserving Our Stories, a project of Fresno State’s History Department and the College of Social Sciences.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Romeo Guzmán at or 559.278.6622.