The American Outlaws were founded in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2007 by three fans who wanted to “unite and strengthen” American soccer and grow its fan culture.
By 2015 we’ve grown to almost 35,000 members nationally and internationally and we host fans in 169 chapters in nearly every state.
Over the years, what started as an “outlaw movement,” outsiders in America’s sporting culture, has become a driver of what it means to be a soccer fan in the United States.
For many, American Outlaws is synonymous with support for our men’s, women’s and youth national teams. With this incredible association, though, comes incredible responsibility.
From our founding we have sought to build the world’s most inclusive supporters group. A group free of discrimination, racism, sexism, and homophobia. We want our chapter bars, our events, our stadiums, and our online communities to be places of tolerance.
We can do better.
In the coming weeks, leading up to the U.S. men’s national team game versus Mexico in San Antonio, we will announce a series of measures to better enforce our Code of Conduct so everyone feels safe and welcome at all our events and online. This includes addressing issues proactively and ensuring all members’ voices are heard.
Discrimination, racism, sexism, and homophobia exist. The American Outlaws are not immune to the destructive power of these forces.
While we cannot alone solve these societal problems, we must do everything we can within our organization to prevent and address them for our members and guests. We can be the same voice of passionate positivity for inclusion and tolerance as we are for our national teams.
Any single instance of discrimination, racism, sexism, or homophobia is one too many. The American Outlaws is committed to aggressively enforcing our Code of Conduct, holding members accountable, leading fan culture, and discussing how we can all do better in this nation.
Only then can we truly “unite and strengthen”.