At CHSSoccer.net, we believe that supporters make all the difference, whether they’re turning out for amateur matches or singing through professional games or sobbing like heartbroken schoolgirls into pints of Magners after a stoppage-time goal broadcast at their chosen pub. Fans do stuff, and the sum total of what they do and how they do it adds up to the traditions and attitudes of our soccer culture.
American Outlaws Charleston
American Outlaws granted Charleston its official chapter back in August 2013, making us the 92nd chapter in the country. Madra Rua Park Circle is the chapter’s official bar, which makes it the obvious gathering spot of fans of the USA national teams. Local fans got an initial push from CHSSoccer.net in May, when site founder Dan Conover launched a campaign to establish an official chapter. The effort gathered momentum when Regiment President Mikey Buytas volunteered to lead the effort during the USMNT’s summer run to the Gold Cup, and crossed the threshold in August when the A.O. national headquarters verified Charleston’s membership numbers and approved it for chapter status. Charleston is the 92nd chapter granted by the national office. Today, local fans of the Yanks travel to U.S. matches, gather for watch-parties at Madra Rua Park Circle, and welcome new fans and visitors to Charleston who find us on the web and drop in to watch with like-minded supporters. You can find AO Charleston on its Facebook page.
The Official Liverpool Supporters Group of South Carolina is probably the largest and most active crew of EPL fans in Charleston. They turn out in considerable numbers for Liverpool matches at Madra Rua Park Circle and Madra Rua in Summerville.
The club is one of the largest EPL supporters groups in the state, boasting 77 members as of September 2013, with three different watch-party locations. Not only are the local Liverpudlians a boisterous and knowledgeable bunch, they’re also a big part of Charleston’s larger soccer culture. Check out their website and Facebook page or make contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Charleston Battery’s official supporter’s group, these are the people who tailgate in the parking lot at Blackbaud Stadium, organize at least one bus-trip to an away-match each season, and make their presence known in the E1 Supporters Section. Regiment members support the club on and off the field, host a player-appreciation picnic every August, carpool to road games, and get discounts on Battery merchandise. When you’re ready to get off the couch and support your local soccer club, enlist in The Regiment. The easiest way to connect to their activities on non-match days is usually through their active Facebook page.
Founded in 2014, QAR walks the wilder side of fan support. Flags, banners and an all-are-welcome march into the stadium before the Battery take the field for home games are hallmarks of the group. Led by Commodore Edward Teach, the Revenge puts a buccaneer spin on soccer support. You can find them alongside the Regiment for pre-game tailgating and, trust us, you’ll hear them from E1.
The Charleston supporters’ group for Arsenal, of course. This is a strong group that dates back several years, and no other local group can match its web and social media output. You’ll find them at My Father’s Mustache on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. Local 616 on Meeting Street downtown and Madra Rua Irish Pub on E Montague Ave. in North Charleston. Location and times are updated on their website and Facebook page. You can read Charleston soccer writer Dan McGraw’s CHSSoccer.net profile of the group here,
Tottenham Hotspur established SC Spurs its first official statewide supporters’ group here in 2012, and Spurs are now well-rooted in Charleston. With more than 25 local members, the group gets good turnout at its official watch parties, which are held at Madra Rua Park Circle. Visit their website, find them on Twitter account (@scarolinaspurs) or make contact: email@example.com.