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.

Opening Day / Stache Bash Tailgate: Last Second Details

Here's all of the last second details for the tailgate tomorrow which promises to be a MASSIVE event:


Noon - 3pm


As many of you know, we're back on PPL grounds for the tailgate. We will be located at the end of Lot B bordering Lot C closest to the river. The general location is on the map:

The Menu:

Penne pasta in tomato sauce with mozzarella Tortiglioni in a vodka blush sauce with Italian sausage Caesar salad, hot dogs with available chili and cheese Burgers with available bacon and cheese Veggie burgers (ask at the grill) Hoagies including ham, turkey, Italian, cheese and veggie Water & Soda

Stache Bash

Some of our dedicated volunteers are raising money for the Bernardine Center as part of the SoB Help Kick Hunger campaign. There'll be a mustache-related carnival taking place at the tailgate, with all proceeds going to charity. Our friends from Bark Tees will be there selling Stache Bash tees as well as their usual line of great SoB-related tees.

If you can't make the tailgate but still want to help with Stache Bash please purchase your t-shirt from the BarkTees website.

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