As we look back on a year that saw the return of fans to stadiums, we wanted to put together a few of our favorite fandom moments from 2021. From derby matches in USL League One to sellout crowds for women’s games in the South, the world saw firsthand why soccer is so much better with fans in the stands. Check out our list of the best soccer supporter photos of 2021.
Detroit City played its final season in NISA and now the raucous Northern Guard Supporters will be entering new territory after moving to USL Championship. Needless to say, the rest of the USL supporters are licking their chops at the chance for home and away matches against some of the most infamous supporters in American soccer.
Tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina is a fan base that draws record crowds year after year. The Asheville City women’s and men’s team are a reflection of the community and there’s no better match to see each year than the annual Pride Night event. The previous year, they couldn’t commemorate the event in their normal fashion, so the South Slope Blues supporters came out in full force for the 2021 Pride Night.
Soccer fandom in the U.S. is booming and there might be no greater example of its evolution than Louisville, Kentucky. The supporters of Racing Louisville and Louisville City FC are some of the friendliest and most passionate around, and now the new Lynn Family Stadium, located right along the river, gives them a home to grow into for years to come.
Want to learn about what makes supporter culture so special? Look no further than what the Flock has been building in Wisconsin’s state capital. Outside matchdays, they are creating a better community for all. And during Forward Madison games, they create one of the best party atmospheres in all of American soccer.
What started as a Twitter bet between two supporters has now become one of the can’t-miss matches in American soccer. The Henny Derby, a competition between USL League One’s Forward Madison and the Richmond Kickers, is a celebration of Black soccer supporter culture. Every year, usually for the last matchup between the two clubs, soccer fans from all over travel to the annual match to join in on the fun.
As soccer supporters across all leagues commemorated Juneteenth, the Brickyard Batallion supporters group in Indianapolis wore black and hosted a week of education and activation. Their goal – to use soccer as a change agent for the community that they want to build in the state’s capital.
Ask anyone and they’ll tell you, this is Connecticut’s team. Fans drive from all across the state to watch Hartford Athletic matches and the sheer number of their supporters groups proves that point. They all bring a unique energy to the supporter section at Dillon Stadium and their passion for the club matches their loyalty to all-things-Connecticut. We couldn’t leave them out of our list of the best soccer supporter photos of 2021.
Days after tragedy hit the city of Memphis, supporters for Memphis 901 FC held a moment of silence to honor the victims of the mass shooting that took place at a local grocery store earlier in the week. Among those in attendance was one of the survivors, and when asked why she decided to come, she was quick to point out that matches were part of her normal routine. For her, and so many other Bluff City Mafia supporters, Memphis 901 games are home.
Soccer in the South is on the rise and the Reedy River Riot supporters in Greenville are leading the charge in USL League One. Despite the team playing in one of the smallest markets in the U.S., Greenville boasts one of the most active supporters cultures around. And with news of a new soccer-specific stadium on the horizon, South Carolina’s only pro team is sure to grow.