Sons of Ben

The Sons of Ben is a 501(c) (3) Pennsylvania based non-profit, membership organization.

The Sons of Ben, founded in January 2007, exists to support and develop the Delaware Valley soccer community. Through active, grassroots support, the Sons of Ben helped establish the momentum leading to the creation of the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Philadelphia Independence of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league. In forging a relationship with Chester City, Delaware County and Pennsylvania State political leaders along with Major League Soccer, the vocal support of the group directly influenced the decision to award Philadelphia with an MLS franchise.

The Sons of Ben have provided a social outlet for soccer supporters to share common interests and be part of a larger community of sports fans in the 4th largest American media market. The organization has grown to include over 5,000 members throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and around the world. The Sons of Ben have also grown to oversee the Delaware Valley Infantry, a US Soccer supporters group based in Philadelphia region, and the Daughters of Betsy, a Philadelphia Independence (WPS) supporters group.
Charitable and philanthropic efforts have been central to the Sons of Ben since its founding, as evidenced by annual initiatives supporting the Bernardine Center in Chester, PA through its Help Kick Hunger campaign and ongoing efforts to support various other organizations close to the Delaware Valley soccer community.

The coming months will start a new chapter in the organizations noteworthy story with many historical events marking the arrival of the Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia Independence and the Sons of Ben into the national spotlight.

A Word From Ryan Bross- Tifo Director, Sons of Ben

This Sunday, 4/19, the Sons of Ben will be unveiling the biggest tifo display we have ever undertaken. It will be more that five times the size of "Our Final Fantasy is Never-ending", the tifo from the USOC Final.

To be able to ensure that this tifo is displayed correctly, we will need some extra help. I am asking for volunteers to stand at the top of each section and make sure the tifo is pulled down that the correct times. It is a simple but very important job. If the timing is off, the whole display will be thrown off. Not only that, the whole group will be on blast from the support groups around the league. And no one wants that. (Did you see ACB's last tifo? It was all twisted up.)

The commitment from you would be to meet me (Ryan) in the breezeway, under 138/137, near the barrier blocking of the player tunnel. You would need to be there no later than away team being announced (~10 mins before the procession). From there you will go to your assigned spots and wait for the unveiling (after the Union Starting XI are announced). After that you are free to do what you do any other game but with satisfaction that you made this massive undertaking possible.

If you would be interested in volunteering please send an email to  

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