A poster advertising 2 matches in St Petersburg in April 1912- Sweden against an All St Petersburg and a Russian Select Team.
1912 was a big year in Russian Football. In January the All-Russian Football Union was founded. Russia joined FIFA, and played their first official international at the Stockholm Olympics on 30th June . Moscow and St Petersburg were the major centres of football, and the national team was drawn from SKS Moscow, KSO Moscow, Union Moscow, KFS Moscow, ZKS Moscow, Kolomyagi St. Petersburg, Unitas St. Petersburg and Sport St. Petersburg.
It was a hard first year on the international scene- at the Olympics Russia lost 2-1 to Finland and were thrashed 16-0 by Germany in the consolation round. In July they lost two friendlies against Hungary in Moscow, 9-0 and 12-0.
Both St Petersburg and Moscow had well developed league systems by this time. In an attempt to 'nationalize' the game, a City Selections championship was arranged. Judging from the retirements, byes and forfeits and the ultimate non- award of the 1913 trophy, this venture was not a success, probably because of the logistical difficulties imposed by such a massive country.
Russian Championship (City Selections)
Moscow 6-1 Kharkov
St. Petersburg bt Kiev [forfeit]
Odessa retired, therefore there were no semifinals.
Moscow 2-2 St. Petersburg [aet]
Moscow 1-4 St. Petersburg
Yusovka 5-1 Rostov
Kharkov bt Kiev (forfeit)
Kherson bt Sevastopol (forfeit)
Odessa 3-2 Nikolaev
Yusovka 1-2 Kharkov
Odessa 10-0 Kherson
Kharkov 0-2 Odessa
Moscow 11-0 Bogorodsk
St. Petersburg bt Lodz (forfeit)
St. Petersburg 3-0 Moscow (aet)
Odessa 4-2 St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg appealed because Odessa fielded 4 foreigners (only 3 were allowed) and the FA decided not to award the title.