American Outlaws, the unofficial supporter’s group of U.S. Soccer, is the epitome of a grassroots organization. To create a local chapter (at least an official one), all one has to do is find 25 like-minded U.S. Soccer supporters who are willing to pay dues to the national AO organization and find a bar for their chapter to watch U.S. games.
Since its inception in 2007, AO has experienced explosive growth and recently welcomed its 95th chapter, AO Toledo.
— The American Outlaws (@AmericanOutlaws) September 18, 2013
On Tuesday, wondering aloud (via Twitter), I asked if we would ever see an AO chapter abroad.
— American Touchline (@AmerTouchline) September 17, 2013
With increased globalization, it is not uncommon for workers to move abroad. And, as I tweeted, it stands to reason that in large European cities there would be at least 25 Americans who would desire watching the United States men’s and women’s teams in the company of other Americans.
AO National was nice enough to reply to the tweet, saying there have been inquiries for starting chapters abroad and that they would “love for it to happen”.
— The American Outlaws (@AmericanOutlaws) September 17, 2013
Shortly after that exchange, I was contacted by some folks attempting to start an AO chapter in Europe. They have created a Facebook page American Outlaws – Europe and are attempting to organize a gathering for the USMNT’s game against Scotland in Glasgow on November 15. They can also be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
If you know any American expatriates in Europe, please pass this along. Fan support for the game here in America is exploding, now it’s time to show the world how passionate we are about it.
John D. Halloran