RESULTS: surveying american soccer fandom

“Who is the American soccer fan?” After a wildly successful “summer of soccer” in the States, that’s the question we were asking ourselves here at WSOTP back at the end of July.

Due to the influx of new fans brought to the game because of the World Cup, the face of the American supporter has changed. Casual fans became impassioned ones, haters became lovers and a whole generation of young sports fans were transformed into lifelong followers of the beautiful game. So to help us paint the most accurate picture of what the new average American soccer fan looks like, we put together an in-depth survey to collect as much data as possible.

In all, a whopping 996 soccer fans from across the country completed the survey for us — far more than what we had hoped for, thanks in large part to our good friends at The Free Beer Movement and several American Outlaws chapters for giving it a little push for us.

We shared some of the results of the survey on the first episode of this season’s WSOTP Podcast back at the beginning of August, but also had promised to release more in-depth results at a later time. That time is now.

But rather than just throw all of the raw data down below and let you interpret it yourself, I spent the better part of the last week creating the following infographic as a way to help you better visualize what we found in your response. And now you can feast on that below:

WSOTP - Soccer Fandom Survey Infographic


Now, there are some biases that need to be addressed that may have skewed some of the results. WSOTP is an Ohio-based website, and as such, we have a lot of Columbus Crew followers who completed. Secondly, it was also shared on r/MLS on Reddit, so the bias towards fans of the domestic league is probably stronger than it might have been otherwise.

Either way, I still feel this paints a solid picture of an American fan who has the desire to the consume the game in a number of ways, has a growing interest in the domestic league, and has a lot of different reasons for why they love the sport.


Interested in getting your hands on the full set of data? You can get in touch with us here.

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