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.

SoB Full Memberships Now Open

We're starting to accept applications for full memberships for the 2010 season. Membership will cost $30 and includes a number of benefits. h Why should I join?

Besides the fact that you'll be giving your support to the greatest supporters' club ever, there are a number of benefits:

  • Ability to purchase seats in the supporters' section - Only full members of team-recognized supporters' groups (of which we are currently the only one) may purchase seats in The River End.
  • Discounts on pre-game tailgates and road trips.
  • We're also working on a few other ideas, including member-exclusive events with Union players and staff and discounts at businesses
  • SoB member-exclusive shirt. The people who sign up now will be getting not a t-shirt but an actual printed SoB soccer jersey (like the Barra Brava and Screaming Eagles have, if you're familiar). This itself easily pays for the membership.

Where does the money go?

Since we're a registered 501(c)(3) with a fully volunteer staff you can be assured that all the money collected goes to where it's needed. A portion of it goes to cover the costs of the jersey and your membership card, and the rest will go to things we need to be a successful supporters' club - banners, flags, grills, coolers, tents, etc.

Why should I sign up now?

Seat selection is occurring soon, and to be in the SoB section in the River End you need to have signed up. You'll also be assured of getting one of the awesome SoB jerseys.

What if I don't want to/can't pay right now?

You can still be an associate and receive the SoB newsletter. If you already get the Almanack you don't need to do anything else.

I'm getting two season tickets for myself and (insert other person/people here). Do they need to be a member?

Only the season ticket account holder needs to be a member. However, if they join they'll also get a jersey and the tailgate discount, etc.

If I choose to have it shipped, when will I get it?

Probably around the beginning of the season still. It's going to take time to do all the membership cards, get the jerseys made, etc. This option is mostly for out-of-town people who won't be making it to a tailgate. As soon as things are available we'll have them at any practical preseason events as well.

If there's any other questions, please ask them here and we'll gladly answer them. This is a soft rollout in advance of a special 'nack coming next week.

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