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.

Sons of Ben: Founders' Day Celebration 2009

The Sons of Ben celebrate Founders' Day 2009 at The Dark Horse in Philadelphia on January 24, 2009. It was on January 17, 2007 that The Sons of Ben were founded over lunch at McGillan's Olde Ale House in Philadelphia. That day is memorialized in the book "Day of the Match: A History of Football in 365 Days", by Scott Murray and Rowan Walker (2008, Boxtree Ltd., UK).

Some two years later, the SoB's have grown to over 3500 members and are credited as being a big factor in the process - by engaging elected officials, MLS, and the ownership group - that resulted in Philadelphia being chosen for the 16th MLS expansion team. The new 18,500-seat stadium in which the team will play is under construction in nearby Chester, PA.

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© copyright 2014, Sons of Ben.  Main image by Earl Gardner.