Charlotte, North Carolina Rated A 2019 Top 50 Best City For Soccer Fans
No doubt that the populatrity of soccer has been growing in the USA for quite some time now. The interest in soccer only grew with the recent victory by the American women of the recent FIFA World Cup. WalletHub recently studied and rated 288 best soccer US cities, ranking Charlotte #31 as a best city for soccer fans nationwide, and #23 based on ranking by city size.
To determine the best cities for soccer fans, WalletHub compared 288 of the most populated U.S. cities across five divisions: 1) MLS (Division I Men’s), 2) NWSL (Division I Women’s), 3) USL (Division III Men’s), 4) College Soccer (Division I Men’s) and 5) College Soccer (Division I Women’s). More details on WalletHub's methodology of rating the best cities for soccer fans, click here.
Meanwhile, Charlotte is furthering its reputation as a soccer city after an historic deal to host the International Champions Cup in the Queen City for the next five years at the Bank of America Stadium. This summer, Charlotte also hosted the 2019 House of Soccer, a premium, high-level entertainment event that brings together the community, athletes, clubs, artists and influencers to highlight soccer culture. It was the only city in the nation to host a House of Soccer this summer.
Charlotte Independence: Charlotte's Soccer Team
Lots of people living in the Charlotte region don't know that Charlotte does have its soccer team., known as the Charlotte Independence, who play in the USL Championship, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid. They play their home games at the Sportsplex at Matthews in Matthews, North Carolina. For the 2019 Charlotte Independence Game Schedule, click here. Tickets to games can be purchased on Ticketmaster.
Soccer Opportunities For Charlotte Area Kids
If you've got a child interested in playing soccer, Soccer Shots Charlotte offers three different programs for kids ages 2 to 8, as well as summer camps. Over the age of 8, kids have the Charltte Soccer Academy. And then there's the Charlotte Independence Soccer Club, which was established in 2019 with the merger of the Carolina Rapids, Discoveries Soccer Blub, and Lake Norman Soccer Clubs, which now has over 12,000 members throughout the Charlotte region, including South Carolina. And soccer clubs abound in an around Charlotte... just google the term and you'll see many options pop up. As our Chamber likes to say: "Charlotte's Got A Lot!."
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