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 Select XI Win Wheeled Scotsman Cup

The Sons of Ben Select XI hoisted the Scotsman’s Cup after a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Arsenals. The SoB team counted on two goals from captain Ryan Fitzpatrick and another from Mark Scaccia to go up 3-0. The Arsenals never gave up, however, and marked in the 74th and 85th minute to make the game interesting, and looked poised to gain the equalizer as the referee’s whistle blew for full time. All in all it was a very worthwhile day and we helped raise money for a great local charity. More information about the Wheeled Scotsman’s Foundation can be found on their website.

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